Ramen & Gyoza class for an Aussie couple & Swedish café owner

“Oishi-!”  do as Japanese do when photo-shooting in Japan!?

The main dish for this class was Pork Ramen, with pork broth & Japanese Dashi soup stock, with toppings of Miso flavored pork and meat sauce with Japanese seasonings.

For Gyoza, we chopped cabbage, garlic chives (Nira), leek etc. Add a little bit of grated garlic if you like.

Both are served sizzling hot and full of rich meaty flavors, so I recommended something cold and fresh as a side dish. I would like my guest to try something different while they are at Tokyo apartment kitchen so here it is, fresh cabbage torn into one bite size with hands, marinated with sesame oil, salt and pickled Kombu! If you like soy sauce & vinegar flavor, try this easy side!

My Swedish guest owns a cafe near Stockholm serving some menus inspired by Japanese taste such as Maccha, while my guests from wine country Adelaide were big fans of anime.

I hope they all find our home cooking dishes as good!

Many thanks for coming!
Akiko

Private Class for Vegetarian Dishes with Autumn harvests

 

The main dish was chosen as Vegetarian Ramen for a guest lady from Israel who has been vegetarian for many years. Side dishes include cold fresh cabbage with Konbu marinade, Gyoza dumplings with lotus root, Kaki (persimmon) & greens dressed with creamy Tofu sauce etc.

My guest was very interested in Japanese Dashi soup stock with dried Shiitake mushrooms & Kombu kelp. Both are essential products for Umami in our cooking.

Kombu is very rich in glutamate or glutamic acid, which is contained in most vegetables but by far the most in dried Kombu. Another ingredient known for richness in glutamate is dried tomato.

Dried shiitake is known for its richness in guanylic acid or GMP, like many kinds of mushrooms around the world including dried porcini. This may be explaining why many Japanese people are deeply in love with Italian food!?

My guest lady was a medicinal food professional with a vast knowledge about Chinese herbal medicine & dietary, so it was very inspiring to share some time with her in the kitchen cooking and talking about various vegetables and foods!

Many thanks for coming!
Akiko

Lots of seafood for a US athlete couple

This was a 2 main dish course request from an American couple. We cooked Salmon Nanbanzuke marinade and Okonomiyaki pancake as our main dishes, plus a few side dishes with vegetables and seasonal fruits.

My guest couple was both very fit as regular climbers and bouldering experts, so salmon was a good choice for their muscles. We also chopped some squid and put in our Okonomiyaki, as well as pork, cabbage, leek and Naga Imo potato, which is exactly how I make it for my family.

When I asked him if there is any favorite Japanese ingredients, he replied

” Unagi and Uni (eel and sea urchin)!! ”,

so I knew he is quite familiar with our dietary, then it turned out his Mum is Japanese!

Obviously he has been eating yummy Japanese home made dishes all his life, and I  do hope that he & his girlfriend liked what we prepared together at my kitchen.

Many thanks for coming!

2 main dishes class

Today was “ 2 main dishes” class.

Okonomiyaki! “Japanese pan cake” is for the lunch or the dinner not for the dessert. We put pork, Shrimp and Cabbage and yam and one more ingredient which is secret:-).

Salmon-NanbanZuke. Salmon marinated in sour sauce which you can arrange with other white fish or Chicken too.

Itadakimasu! thank you for coming!

Honeymooners from Tel Aviv cooking Japanese comfort food

Today’s class guests are happy sweet honeymooners from IT capital, Tel Aviv, Israel. We cooked Ramen with pork soup stock.

I also adventured to use simmered Konbu kelp in cabbage salad, which is our family’s favorite quick dish. Here we use Konbu like herbs and it goes really nicely with sesame oil. Please try if you have some left over Konbu after making Dashi broth.

The couple told me some very interesting stories about their culture & life, my favorite part of doing cooking classes for travellers!

Many thanks for coming!

Akiko

 

Deco- style Sushi Rolls with Singaporean artist couple, Nov. 2017

This late November class was a bit tough one for me, as I received a request for a special Sushi Roll.

It was the beginning of winter season when everybody would start thinking about Christmas and new year holiday, so my young guest from Singapore suggested me if we could challenge to make a sushi rolls with Xmas tree or snow man patterns!

I have never tried Xmas tree nor Snow man sushi, but I knew one very pretty pattern called ‘star’, with an egg-roll inside. No fresh seafood inside so a little disappointing if you are a Sashimi lover, but her husband does not eat Sashimi so in this case, it worked out even better.

So the menu for this class was fixed as follows;

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Deco Sushi Rolls ‘Star’

Chicken Nanban (sweet and sour, Japanese fusion style deep-fried chicken)

Spinach with sesame sauce

White Miso soup with potato & cabbage

At the kitchen, my guest was very patient and she never got tired until we finally made everything successfully, including home-made egg roll and sweet & sour Nanban sauce ! Her husband also liked the taste of chicken Nanban and the sauce for it, made with mayo, fresh chopped onion & boiled egg.

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Deco Sushi Rolls with star was a time-consuming recipe and it takes a lot of hand works, then you would end up eating a lot of rice, colored and seasoned with a few different ingredients, but it really had an appealing look. Truly ideal for your gathering tables.

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After a few weeks, I heard from my guest that she had made Deco Sushi Rolls back in Singapore! It was such a huge joy to hear and she even created her own design this time, I would call it a plum flower maybe. Here is her photo!

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Isn’t it just gorgeous!  I was so happy to hear that her guests also loved this Maki(Rolls).

Many thanks for coming and your photo!

Akiko

 

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Schedule Nov – Feb

All locations are at midtown area in Tokyo. Some availalabe spots are listed below, but we are flexible to open new spots for you. So please contact us if you have any request.

date meeting time-
finish time
meeting point Menu instructor Price (Yen)
Nov-1 Wed 10am-1pm Yotsuya Menu: Salmon sautee with miso sauce / daifuku-mochi instructor: Kisshy
Price: 8000 yen,
Nov-2 Thu 10am-1pm Yoyogi-Uehara station Tempura instructor: Yuki
Price: 8000 yen,
Nov-8 Wed 10am-1pm Yotsuya Tempura instructor: Kisshy
Price: 8000 yen,
Nov-9 Thu 10am-1pm Yoyogi-Uehara station instructor: Yuki
Price: 8000 yen,
Nov-13 Mon 10am-1pm Hanzomon instructor: Akiko
Price: 8000 yen,
Nov-15 Wed 10am-1pm Yotsuya instructor: Kisshy
Price: 8000 yen,
Nov-17 Fri 10am-1pm Yotsuya Tempura instructor: Kisshy
Price: 8000 yen,
Nov-20 Mon 10am-1pm Hanzomon Ramen instructor: Akiko
Price: 8000 yen,
Nov-22 Wed 10am-1pm Yotsuya Ramen instructor: Kisshy
Price: 8000 yen,
Nov-24 Fri 10am-1pm Yotsuya instructor: Kisshy
Price: 8000 yen,
Nov-27 Mon 10am-1pm Hanzomon instructor: Akiko
Price: 8000 yen,
Nov-28 instructor: Kisshy 10am-1pm Yoyogi-Uehara instructor: Yuki
Price: 8000 yen,
Nov-29 Wed 10am-1pm Yotsuya instructor: Kisshy
Price: 8000 yen,
Nov-30 Thu 10am-1pm hanzomon sushi roll & chicken nanban instructor: Akiko
Price: 12000 yen,

 

date meeting time-
finish time
meeting point Menu instructor Price (Yen)
Dec-1 Fri 10am-1pm Yotsuya salmon cabbage Kisshy
Price: 8000 yen,
Dec-4 Mon 10am-1pm Hanzomon Sushi roll Akiko
Price: 8000 yen,
Dec-6 Wed 10am-1pm Yotsuya salmon cabbage in miso sauce Kisshy
Price: 8000 yen,
Dec-7 Thu 10am-1pm Yoyogi-Uehara Yuki
Price: 8000 yen,
Dec-8 Fri 10am-1pm Yotsuya salmon cook with cabbage in miso sauce Kisshy
Price: 8000 yen,
Dec-8 Fri 10-13:oo Hanzomon Ramen (no cucumber) Akiko
Price: 8000 yen,
Dec-11 Mon 10am-1pm Hanzomon Akiko
Price: 8000 yen,
Dec-13 Wed 10am-1pm Yotsuya Kisshy
Price: 8000 yen,
Dec-15 Fri 10am-1pm Yotsuya Kisshy
Price: 8000 yen,
Dec-18 Mon 10am-1pm Hanzomon Akiko
Price: 8000 yen,
Dec-20 Wed 10am-1pm Yotsuya KIsshy
Price: 8000 yen,
Dec-22 Fri 10am-1pm Yotsuya Kisshy
Price: 8000 yen,
Dec-27 Wed 10am-1pm Yotsuya Kisshy
Price: 8000 yen,
date meeting time-
finish time
meeting point Menu instructor Price (Yen)
Jan-7 Sun ,14:00-17:00 Yotsuya salmon cabbage Kisshy 8000 yen
Jan-12 Fri ,10:00-13:00 Yotsuya Kisshy 8000 yen
Jan-15 Mon ,10:00-13:00 Hanzomon Akiko 8000 yen
Jan-17 Wed ,10:00-13:00 Yotsuya Kisshy 8000 yen
Jan-19 Fri ,10:00-13:00 Yotsuya Kisshy 8000 yen
Jan-22 Mon ,10:00-13:00 Hanzomon Akiko 8000 yen
Jan-24 Wed ,10:00-13:00 Yotsuya Kisshy 8000 yen
Jan-26 Fri ,10:00-13:00 Yotsuya Kisshy 8000 yen
 Jan-30  Tue  10:00-13:00  hanzomon  Akiko  8000yen
Jan-31 Wed ,10:00-13:00 Yotsuya Kisshy 8000 yen
date meeting time-
finish time
meeting point Menu instructor Price (Yen)
Feb-1 Thu ,10:00-13:00 Yoyogi-Uehara TBD Yuki 8000 yen
Feb-2 Fri ,10:00-13:00 Yotsuya TBD Kisshy 8000 yen
Feb-5 Mon ,10:00-13:00 Hanzomon TBD Akiko 8000 yen
Feb-7 Wed ,10:00-13:00 Yotsuya TBD Kisshy 8000 yen
Feb-8 Thu ,10:00-13:00 Yoyogi-Uehara TBD Yuki 8000 yen
Feb-9 Fri ,10:00-13:00 Yotshuya TBD Kisshy 8000 yen
Feb-16 Fri ,10:00-13:00 Yotsuya TBD Kisshy 8000 yen
Feb-19 Mon ,10:00-13:00 Hanzomon TBD Akiko 8000 yen
Feb-21 Wed ,10:00-13:00 Yotsuya TBD Kisshy 8000 yen
Feb-22 Thu ,10:00-13:00 Yoyogi-Uehara TBD Yuki 8000 yen
Feb-23 Fri ,10:00-13:00 Yotsuya TBD Kisshy 8000 yen
Feb-26 Mon ,10:00-13:00 Hanzomon TBD Akiko 8000 yen
Feb-28 Wed ,10:00-13:00 Yotsuya TBD Kisshy 8000 yen

 

 

Vegetarian & Pork Gyoza & Miso Aubergine class / July 2017

Gyoza, Japanese style dumplings are becoming one of the most popular main dishes these days. It is fun to make, yummy to taste!  If you have several guests who have different dietary requirement, you can simply prepare different types of fillings.  Some with pork, some with vegetables, which is what I did at this class. 

I welcomed 4 girls from Ireland and USA on this day and 2 were vegetarians, so we prepared 2 types; pork Gyoza & mushrooms and tofu Gyoza. Both Gyoza also had vegetables like cabbage and same seasonings.  

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Once wrapped, they all look exactly the same so just be careful when you cook them to remember which is which. 

My guests also liked our side dish with eggplant.  In Japanese, eggplant is called ‘Nasu’, a simple short spelling but some Europeans call it ‘aubergine’, sounds more like a French dish with complicated technique but this is another easy and yummy home cooking menu.  

The Miso sauce for this menu is sweet and savory. It is hard to explain the taste so you must come and try yourself!

I also learned one new thing about Irish culture from my guests, Leprechaun. Another long spelling but I am a fan of Harry Potter so this was easy to remember. I hope this little man will bring a lot of happiness and good luck to my guest girls from west and east of Japan.

Many thanks for coming!

Akiko

 

Swordfish Nanbanzuke class with lots of vegetables/ May 2017

Today’s guest was a couple from France visiting various plasces in Japan.

The lady turned out to be on the early stage of her pregnancy.  As a mother of 3 kids, I was really excited to hear that and thought maybe some of the food & nutrition we cook will be becomimg a part of her little baby’s body, who knows!

What we parepared on this class was; Swordfish Nanban Zuke, eggplant with sweet miso sauce, spinach with sesame sauce and miso soup with cabbage and potatoes. Lots of vegetables dishes using naturally fermented  seasonings like Miso, Mirin and Soy sauce.

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Since she was not feeling for a very strong taste, we decided to use less amount of rice vinegar and soy sauce for Nanban Zuke marinade. It is one of the good things about hands-on cooking experience. You can taste your sauce and dishes as we proceed and are always welcome to adjust some parts of the recipe.

Her husband was a keen cook and he was quite knowlegeble about Japanese ingredients, which helped a lot.

I hope they enjoyed their time at my kitchen and their baby was enjoying his/her first Japanese food,too!

Many thaks for coming!

Akiko