The main dish was… well, some of my guests liked Gyoza dumplings with pork, others Tempura with prawns and vegetables, so we ended up making both and share. Fortunately there were 6 guests in total at this class and everybody was really good at cooking, thus everything went so amazingly smooth!
The ingredients I chose for Tempura at this class were prawns, eggplants, Maitake mushrooms, Shiso herbs and pumpkins. I cannot miss Maitake as that is my favorite Tempura item.
For Tempura dipping sauce, our regular recipe uses Dashi soup stock, soy sauce, Mirin etc. But I also recommend to go simple ways especially in hot summer days, with salt and lemon wedge.
My guests were a famimly from Houston, USA and a couple from Gold Coast, Australia. One of the ladies pointed out that we don’t need to visit Asian food stores for any special supply if we try Tempura with salt and lemon. I absolutely agree!
As one of our side dishes, we prepared Edamame, green fresh soy beans simply boiled and salted. This is one of our typical summer snacks. At Japanese bars and taverns, Edamame will often appear with a glass of beer. It is one of the healthiest snack to go but only in summer.
I hope my guests liked their home cooking experience at my kitchen!
Many thanks for coming,
The main dish was Sushi rolls with fresh Maguro(tuna) and salmon, as well as avocado, Shiso herbs, cucumber, pickled Daikon radish, sesame seeds etc. My guests were also big fans of Tempura so we decided to cook a small portion with prawns, eggplants and Maitake, my favorite mushroom.
For ingredients of our Miso soup, I chose another kind of Japanese mushroom Enoki (very thin and white ones) and fried Tofu called Abura-Age or Oage, which has a spongy texture and great to be in soup. Not to forget the finishing touch, a few finely chopped scallions as we like to put something green on top of our Miso soup.
My guest couple was from Washington D.C. USA, so they told me they are used to humidity. Still it was such a hot and humid day in Tokyo, unusual for late June. Sushi was a very good choice as it uses a lot of rice vinegar. I think it helps to understand the way of our cuisine if you actually visit Japan and taste things in our climate.
Both of them have very interesting professions. It was so nice to know that they manage to make a vacation to Tokyo out of their busy schedules and chose our cooking class out of so many great places out here!
Many thanks for coming!
This was going to be another pork Ramen and Gyoza class for an American couple from San Diego, until I receive a request from a family from Israel, one of whose daughters is Vegetarian but the rest of the family love Japanese pork Ramen. So we ended up making both together!
For vegetarian Ramen, I used dried Shiitake mushrooms and Konbu seaweed for a base soup stock. Then we also cooked fresh mushrooms and garlic with leek, soy milk, sesame paste and miso. For many vegetarian dishes, sesame does a great work but Miso is another very ideal seasoning.
This vegetarian version of Ramen soup turned out very rich and creamy, in fact my other guests also enjoyed tasting this soup.
For vegetarian Gyoza, I usually use Tofu and another kind of mushroom called Maitake. The only thing you need to mind is that Tofu will not be as sticky as meat when mixed, so the ingredients tends to fall apart and it may be a little harder to tack the filling inside Gyoza wrappers. A few drops of sesame oil might help.
The only issue was that there were a lot more preparations than usual and I did not take any photos of our yummy accomplishments (tears in my eyes)…
Many thanks for coming!
The menu was;
Seafood Ramen with shrimp, clam & Japanese Dashi soup stock
Seafood Gyoza with shrimp & vegetables
spinach with sesame sauce
No chicken, pork but lots of seafood! My guest couple from Ohio, USA, really surprised me that they are enjoying various fish including Bonito & Hamachi (young yellow tail tuna) as Sashimi back home, thanks to a local seafood market with a good selection of seafood.
But it was their first time to handle the Katsuo bushi, Smoked Bonito in a whole piece. Here they are shredding a piece of dry Bonito at my place. It looks like a wooden kitchen utensil but it is a half body of Bonito, who could have weighed more than 2kg when he was in the ocean.
My guest couple also tried another very Japanese ingredient called Niboshi/ dried sardins. For soup stock, I rip off the head and soaked them in water, then simmer. But we also enjoy eating them as it is, a very good snack for your bones if you care. My guests crunched a piece of Niboshi and actually liked them OK, which pleased me a lot of course!
It was a gloomy rainy day but just perfect for a cookig class event, inside home and lots of good smells!
I hope my guest liked their experience at my kitchen.
Many thanks for coming!
The menu was seafood(Swordfish & Salmon) Nanban-zuke, eggplant with sweet Miso sauce, fresh seasonal Bonito marinade with garlic & ginger, Miso soup with fried Tofu and Choy Sum greens.
At this class, I welcomed young Swedish boys from Stockholm, a couple from Chicago, USA and a Canadian traveller from Ottawa .
A lady from US is very knowledgeble about fermented foods and she is making her own Kimchee, Sauerkraut etc. Naturally she was very interested in our fermented pickles i.e. Tsukemono. I was very happy to have a chance to show my Nuka bed and we all tasted my Nuka Zuke-ed cucumbers and carrots.
A gentleman from Canada asked me what kind of wood chips Japanese use in making Katsuo Bushi (Smoked Bonito). That was an unusual question but later he turned out to be a semi-professional chef and makes his own smoked food. No wonder!
Congratulations my team our lunch turned out really yummy !
At our lunch table, my Swedish guests also told us about their exotic fermented food, a kind of canned fish but my old brain hasn’t got enough memory to store this Swedish name…
He told us that some Swedish people were trying to export this product to Japan at one stage, as we are known as seafood crazy but not quite succeeded yet.
Thank you all for lots of interesting stories, many thanks for coming!
My guest for this class was a group of Galician and French couples. It was their annual reunion trip and I was honored to be part of their vacation in Tokyo.
Our lunch menu:
Pork Ramen with Miso meat sauce, stir fried vegetables, soy sauce flavored egg, pork slice as toppings
Pork and vegetable Gyoza
Crushed cucmber salad
Lots of questions and lots of fun talks! My male guests were very keen to use Japanese vegetable knives and I love the way they paused for a photo, Spanish Samurai at my kitchen!?
Ramen soup has 3 components, pork bone soup stock, Japanese Dashi stock with smoked bonito, dried sardine and sun-dried Shiitake mushroom, and simmered pork sauce of soysauce & Mirin. We also prepare a variety of topping so it tales a lot of work and preparation to make this simple bowl of hot noodles.
At the class we also made Japanese style pork dumplings, Gyoza. The recipe is originally from China like Ramen, but it is now a very common food for all Japanese families to cook & eat at home. We mainly grill the dumplings, then put the lid and steam to finish up our Gyoza.
I hope my guests enjoyed their time at my kitchen,
Many thanks for coming!
I was so glad to hear from a couple from Sydney, just took my Ramen class weeks ago.
They are real foodie and Japanese food lovers. I had great time with them cooking together and I learned a lot from them too.
Surprisingly, I got email from them this week and they already cooked Ramen using a recipe what we cooked at the class. A bowl of ramen looks just like the ramen in my class!
The cha-shiu, braised pork, seems soft and juicy and the runny egg is perfect. They said the runny egg yolk was littile challenging, but I can’t find any problem??
I’m so glad to know you enjoy the ramen at home.
Thank you very much for sharing such a wonderful experience!
My kids go to school with their Bento Box every day. In Japan, it is very common to bring your own box for lunch. Some mothers make such a pretty Bento Box and it is now a popular item on SNS, that is where my French guests from Luxemburg got an idea of making Bento Box in Tokyo.
We actually have a variety of Bento boxes accordingly to seasons, occasions etc. At this class, I chose a bamboo-made box of rectangular shape, nice for early summer entertainment table.
Inside of the Box are:
Onigiri(rice balls with Nori-seaweed)
Beef and Shiso(minty herb) roll with grated Daiokn radish sauce
Sweet egg roll etc….
For Bento Box, every item needs to be tiny and easy to handle. The menu required a lot of hand works but my guests did everything very neat & beautiful!
My guest couple also prepared Gyoza, Japanese style pork dumplings.
All turned out really delicious but hot sizzling Gyoza was definitely one of the best tastes for my guests.
Many thanks for coming & Merci Beaucoup!
Today’s menu was
: Chicken Teriyaki
: Spinach sesame salad
: Eggplant and Green peppers sauté with sweet miso sauce
:Rice and Miso-soup (Tofu and Seaweed)
The guests are fun couple from Switzerland!
They learnt hot to make Chicken Teriyaki TENTER and SOFT !!!So yummy !
It is always fun to talk about the different culture and we laughed a lots about each “fun” culture different.
Thank you for taking the class !
Here is Sake no Chan Chan yaki !(salmon veggies grilled with miso sauce)
Lovely couple from Finland really wanted learn something fish main dish except Sushi but they can cook easily at their home. I think salmon in Finland is very fresh and perfect recipe!!!
They really enjoyed cooking and eating Japanese foods !
Thank you for coming !