Sushi & Agedashi Tofu class

It was a “2 x Main dishes” class for a couple from Melbourne, Australia. This occasion was their 30th anniversary trip and I was very much honored to be a part of such special time with this academia couple.

Husband choice was Sushi roll, while wife’s choice was Agedashi Tofu and the couple decided to try both recipes at my Tokyo kitchen.

‘Agedashi Tofu ‘ means ‘deep fried(age) Tofu’ in a bowl of ‘dashi (Japanese soup stock)’. So now you may get a clear image of this menu. This can be a nice and filling vegan dish if you use Kombu & Shiitake mushroom soup stock for your Dashi. At the class, I normally use smoked Bonito and Kombu for my stock.

For my family, I sometimes add deep fried chicken tender, shrinp, aubergine, okura etc. as well as Tofu. Then this can be a big main dish for everybody.

Wishing my guest couple another wonderful 30 years together and  many thanks for choosing our home cooking class!

Akiko

Seafood Nanban style class

The maindish choice by ladies from Australia was seafood, so I picked up swordfish and salmon Nanban style. I use a lot of fresh vegetables in Nanban marinade sauce.  Fillet of fish are deep fried and this may sound a little heavy, but the combination with veggies and vinegar, Mirin etc. turns into a healthy and rich harmony. No special skill needed of course!

A couple from Poland also were both  seafood lovers and we all worked hard in the whole morning hours, ended up with a traditional homy Japanese lunch at table.  Itadaki-masu!

One of side dishes was also using poplular seafood in our country, salted cod roe,  with lightly boiled  lotus root,  plus a hint of Yuzu citrus.

My guests were very interested in Dashi soup stock and I had a lot of questions, my excuse for not taking any photo while cooking…

Many thanks for coming!

Akiko

Gyoza & Ramen unite the world!?

This class was fully booked with an American family and a couple from Philippines, sharing various cooking tasks among 4 adults and 2 very young guets.

The family was living in far east of Russia and accustomed to our dietary, using a lot of seafood in cooking. Little twin boy and girl helped us tearing cabbage and mixing Gyoza fillings by hands. Thank you for your great help!

The gentleman from Manila was a restaurant owner and chef ! No wonder he handles everything so effortlessly  and the couple was such a foodie people.  I am now enjoying looking at his Instagram full of yummy photos.

Sharing some delicious moments together at my kitchen.

Many thanks for coming!

Akiko

 

 

 

Gyoza and various side dishes

This was a class filled with happy voices for a group of French girls reunion.

Their choice was a perfect food for intimate gathering; Gyoza with home made filling of pork, leek, garlic chives etc.

We also prepared a several side dishes includig salmon & avocado etc. One of their favorite was Miso soup using potato. Yes, potato is something from Americas and often used in European cooking, but it is actually a popular ingredient for our Japanese Miso soup as well.

My guest girls successfully mastered how to make nice and even frills on Japanese style dumplings. I am hoping maybe they are making Gyoza again on their next occasion together.

Many thanks for coming!

Akiko

 

Ramen & Gyoza class

G’day for my Aussie guest, a couple from Melbourne.

The menu was one of our most popular dishes, Ramen as a maindish, accompanied with a side dish of Gyoza and simple fresh cabbage salad with pickled Kombu.

One of my guests was a fan of spicy  seasoning and he actually liked pouring a few extra drops of La-yu, red chili flavored sesame oil in his bowl of Ramen.

The bottle on the left is the one I normally use for my Ramen and Gyoza. Of course there are many different types of chili seasonings and they can be  found at supermarkets and groucery stores.

Hope you will discover a lot of new yummy things in our city,

Many thanks for coming!

Akiko

 

 

 

Gyoza time with doctors from east and west

Gyoza class with two pairs of couples, from US and UK. While making Gyoza filling and wrapping them, we were chatting about all sorts of things about food and not about food, then surprisingly, 3/4 of my guets were in medical field!  It was interesting to find out about differences in  education system to be a doctor in each country.

Making a piece of Gyoza into nice shape! Much easier than it may look.

The amount of filling shoule be one spoonful as shown here. It might be tastier if you have more inside, but be careful not to push in too much and ended up breaking!

I hope my guests enjoyed their time at Tokyo apartment kitchen.

Many thanks for coming!

Akiko

Chicken karaage class for a foodie couple

Our all time favorite, Chicken Karaage as a main dish today!

Served with “black” rice , Miso soup with potato, Mitsba herb etc. & vegetable side dishes with sweet and savory sauces.

 

My guest was a couple from US. Both of them are great cooks & the husband turned out to be a specialist of pickled vegetables. Of course, I ask him a favor to send me a recipe, which I did receive and am enjoying now, THANK YOU!!!   One of my daughter is a big vegetable eater and she LOVEs pickled food.

Here is the table of our lunch with Karaage, aubergine etc. Good food, good fun talk with good company.  Always my favorite moment.

I hope my guests also liked their experience at Tokyo apartment kitchen.

Many thanks for coming!

Akiko

Pork ramen & Gyoza class for honeymoon

Today’s guest couple was from Paris, France, very talented  florist & doctor on their honeymoon.  The cooking class was a gift from their brothers and sisters, such an honor and privilege for us to be chosen for such an important occasion!

They were very famiiar with our Japanese culture, including our history, pop culture, gastronomy & of course, Manga!   From  “Amaterasu Omikami” to “GTO”,”Monster” etc.,  many other things came up on our conversation while chopping veggies and wrapping Gyoza.

Everything is ready and finally it is time to taste our great outcomes, yummmm!  No hurry but make sure you taste the noodles while hot.

Many thanks for coming!

Akiko

Seafood Sushi class for US MBAs

Fresh seafood & vegetables +  short grain rice +rice vinegar, salt & sugar

= SUSHI!

I often make them for my kids gathering. Today it was a request by my guest MBA students from Pennsylvania USA.

Pounding sesame seeds here for one of our popular dishes, spinach with sesame sauce. Tossed sesame smells really great, with its rich aroma filling the whole kitchen and makes everyone so hungry!

Voila! Sushi roll plate is completed!

I hope this will be one of  happy moments in Tokyo for young students to remember…

Many thanks for coming!

Akiko

Ramen & Gyoza class with US MBAs

Time to make Gyoza dumplings! Today I welcomed two MBA students form Pennsylvania. Girls were going to prepare these Japanese dishes when they go back home. I am sure it went well as both of them were very quick learners!

One of the first tasks is to grate smoked Bonito. Enjoy the fresh aroma!

Be very careful with your fingers!  My Mum used to tell me.  But no worries,  none of my guests has made any cut (at least so far).

Here we are! After an hour + of hard work in the kitchen, time to enjoy self-cooked pork Ramen, Gyoza and fresh salad.

Many thanks for coming!

Akiko