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

 

Ramen for Xmas? Why not!

My guest from Paris, France were a mother and daughter , eager to try some home cooking Ramen & Gyoza, so here we are!  We cooked chicken based soup broth flavored with Miso.

This was during Christman holiday season. have you noticed a decorated tree in this photo?

Parisian madame et mademoiselle tasting Ramen noodles with chopsticks!!

Many thanks for coming!!!

Akiko

Seafood lovers from Down Under

 

The main dish request was something seafood but not Sushi, so I recommended my favorite dish, Nanban Marinade of salmon!

My guest couple was from Australia and they were also visiting Taiwan and Hong Kong prior to their arrival into Tokyo. Both are dream destinations for foodies in Japan and I had a lot of questions to ask!

To be honest, I have spent a lot of time working as a travel writer so I am good at asking questions, rather than answering them. But of course I answered all my questions from my guets, too (I hope I did).

We also cooked two side dishes with great sauces; sweet & savory Miso sauce for grilled eggplants & sesame sauce for spinach, full of aromas!

My guest liked sesame sauce very much that she told me she was going to get a traditional sesame pounder.

I hope my guests liked their home cooked food at Tokyo apartment…
Many thanks for coming!

Akiko

Chicken Karaage & Chicken Lotus Meat Balls class

The main dish request was Chicken Karaage, one of our best sellers & very popular home cooked food all over Japan!

We also cooked chicken meat balls with our autumn/winter vegetable, lotus root, seasoned with Miso.

When I cook these chicken menus for my family, I usually pile them up on a simple big plate and tell my kids ‘Help yourself!’ But for my guests from Australia, I chose a little bamboo basket to serve our chickens to add a touch of Japanese taste and welcoming feeling.

In our rice, we added some Black Rice. This type of rice is popular among Japanese ladies lately as it is rich in fiber, vitamin B, minerals etc. In short, good for your health & beauty!

As we enjoyed our lunch, we talked about various social & cultural topics of Japan as well as Australia. Very relaxing moment with yummy food after a few hard working hours at kitchen!

I hope my guest ladies form Australia enjoyed their time at my place as much as I did.

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!

Vegetarian & Chicken Ramen for a family reunion

It was a request from a daughter who is now working in Germany to cook vegetarian Ramen & Gyoza, with her loving parents visiting from Australia. My pleasure to host a family reunion in Tokyo!

For Mum and Dad, we cooked some simmered chicken for Ramen and included pork in Gyoza filling.

For vegetarian Ramen, the topping was fried Tofu, cilantro, diced tomato, stir-fried eggplant & mushrooms etc. Of course soy sauce and Mirin flavored egg, too.

There was a lot of preparations to do but my guest family made it and our lunch tasted wonderful!

Before coming to my place, they were travelling the route of a Japanese poet, Matsuo Basho’s tour up north to Matsushima and it was very interesting to hear about their experiences, including a beautiful Haiku poem father created during his stay in Matsushima!

Many thanks for coming!
Akiko

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

 

Ramen, gyoza and ginger pork class

I welcomed a couple from Italy and a repeater participant from Florida. He took my classes last summer and kept laughing me during the class.

Ginger pork we cooked is one of our representative Japanese home dish. I’m glad to share the people how to cook the dish.

Today’s menus

Ramen

Gyoza

Ginger pork

Crushed cucumber with sesame sauce

Japanese sweets

We had a lot of laugh! Thank you Mr,M!

Many thanks!

Kisshy

 

 

Vegetable tempura

I have welcomed 2 ladies, they are Tokyo expats. One lady have just arrive from US and her friend have been in Tokyo more than one year.

They wanted to learn how to cook  Japanese ingredients, especially vegetables.

Their request was vegetable tempura. so we cook mainly vegetables in the class.

Menus

Assorted tempura

Summer vegetables with white miso sauce

Cucumber with creamy sesame sauce

Fresh corn cooked with rice

Miso soup

 

 

Many thanks!

Kisshy