Ramen class on Oct 22nd’16

There is a lovely young couple from Switzerland today’s class.    They requested Ramen class so I gave the class on the Saturday afternoon.

They traveled over Japan for a couple of week, and the cooking day was the day before they fly back to Switzerland. I was  wishing the class would be one of the memorable experiences their trip in Japan.

I usually share how to make Dashi stock, which is Japanese fundamental soup stock, however, I don’t give when the ramen classes because the stock made from chicken.   The today’s guests asked about what is the dashi stock, so I shared how to make dashi stock.

Adding a pinch of salt makes dashi flavor nicer for tasting like a clear soup.I served the soup during our cooking time.

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It is dashi-kampai time.   I was glad they liked it.

We had kept cooking Ramen after the tasting and finally we enjoyed ramen for early dinner.

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  The menu on Oct 22nd ’16

        Miso ramen  with sautéed vegetables, sautéed minced pork, braised pork, a seasoned egg

Cucumber with sesame dressing

    Pork Gyoza

Since the eating time was early dinner  around 4:00pm, I suggested to visit a basement of  Takashimaya department store (depachika)  in Shinjuku  after the class.  Depachika is one of the Japanese food cultures, foodies MUST visit during Stay in Japan.

Here is about the Depachika

http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/attractions/dining/depachika/

 

Thank you for the precious time!

Kisshy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Japanesae cooking class on Oct 13th’16

The cooking class guests today came from Boston  and Seattle in US. I had a request for  Chicken Karaage  as the main dish.

A young couple from Boston had traveled in Japan for a couple of weeks and they flew back to Boston the next day of the class. The other guest, traveled alone  has a culinary background and she is interested in Japanese traditional cooking. It was a great time to cook together with them.

We usually cook bonito dashi stock at the beginning of the class. This stock is fundamental of Japanese taste like chicken stock for French cooking. We cooked the stock at this time as well and shared little cup of the liquid for the tasting.

They “Kanpai!”  Japanese meaning of Cheers! with the stock. I’m glad they understand such aromatic dashi stock flavor.

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  Today’s menu on Oct 13th

Chicken Kara-age s

Shredded cabbage with wasabi dressing

Cucumber sesame dressing

Simmered egg plant

Rice/ miso soup

Matcha pudding

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I usually ask the guests to do the table setting. I believe it is a bit challenging for people who are  not familiar with them but knowing the plate allocation is also good to know Japanese food culture.

Thank you for attending the class. Hope you’ll cook Chicken Kara-age in your kitchen!

Kisshy

Japanease cooking class on Sep 29th

The class welcomed a couple from L.A.  It was the last cooking class on September.  It was still hot and humid day even though it was almost autumn season on the calendar. I believe this summer in Japan must be hard for human!

Although the weather was like summer, I’d like to express autumn on the dining table.  we prepared sweet potato rice  at this time.

Japanese  sweet potato has a unique texture I, and the customers never seen in outside of Japan.

The outside is beautiful purple and inside is white. It contains a dense starch so the potato become nice and soft texture, but not watery when it cooked.  We Japanese have been eating  baked potato as a natural healthy snack.

I had a request as no pork for the ingredients so we cooked fish Nanban-zuke for the main course.

 Today’s menu on Sep 29th ’16

     Mackarel Nanban-zuke

   Cucumber  sesame dressing

eggplant with miso-egg sauce

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I’ve shared information of halal café in my neighborhood  just opened the day before.  There is in Sophia University in Yotsuya.  Everybody could visit the café.

Tokyo Halal deli & café

http://www.sophia.ac.jp/eng/info/news/2016/9/globalnews_2042/09262016

There is a pray space in a same building.

The today’s guests visited the café and said very nice and clean.

Many thanks for a sweet couple from L.A!!

Kisshy

Interview and shooting on September 18th

I welcomed Tokyo expats polish couple on the day.

Ms. A and her husband Mr.V enthusiast for Japanese cooking / food culture.  Ms. A has a great knowledge of Japanese food as well as food ways on other countries.

She had researched about  washoku culture very well before the interview moreover,she LOVES them, so we could understand each other very soon.

 

Wiktor said he is an amateur photographer, but see his pictures are amazing as a professional!

washoku-lplate

 

eggplant

Photo by Wiktor staniecki

 

 

 

Since I’ve been working for obtaining sake sommelier, I served seasonal sake at this time.  I’m glad Wiktor liked the pairing of food and sake.

 

 

Today’s menu

 

Grilled salmon Yuan marinade

eggplant miso-egg cream

Maitake mashroom tempura

sweet potato rice

Shiratama -mochi  red bean paste/ sweet soy paste

 

 

Here links to her article.

 

The charms of Japanese autumn

She also writes for polish-Japanese community

http://www.polonia-jp.jp/

Thank you very much for the beautiful pictures and intelligent article for Musubi Cooking Class!

 

Kisshy

 

 

 

 

Ramen class o Sep 12th

My first class at Yotsuya on September is a Ramen Class.

The participants from Belgium and a couple from Australia.

A young Belgium girl traveled all over the world and  we  were really interested in her talk.  Thank you for sharing your interesting trip experiences!

What we do in my class

I usually give lecture  of each recipe what we will cook today at the beginning of the class. I show the ingredients and seasoning at this time and often teste those flavors.

Then participants cut all the ingredients. Using Japanese knife.

Participants mix seasonings or start to cook using recipes by themselves. Of cause I give them many advises and notices. Don’t worry I watch you!  I tell everybody what’s going on “other recipes”

Cook and finish the dishes

Participants set their own table by themselves using ” table setting allocation ”

 

Then we say ” Ita-daki-masu” before eating.

 

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Today’s menu

Miso-Ramen with sautéed vegetables, pork miso, seasoned eggs, braised pork

Gyoza

Sesame dressed cucumbers

Matcha pudding

Many Thanks!

Kisshy

 

 

 

Japanese cooking class on Augst 18th

Thank you for coming a couple from Spain!  I gave their name as Eriko and Hiroshi.

Their trip in Japan is as their honeymoon.

We cooked Gyoza as their request and other side dishes.  They like gyoza, and they wanted cook it by themselves. When we wrap gyoza, I once showed how to wrap them and made form, they picked up very quickly and made BEAUTIFL gyoza. They both did better than me, again!

Menus on August 10th

Gyoza

Cucumber with grated sesame dressing

Egg plant dengaku ( sweet miso paste)

Bonito sashimi with Japanese herbs

Rice and Miso soup

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Eriko-san and Hiroshi eager to give a gyoza party with their friends in near future. I believe they do successful.   Good luck to your party!

Many thanks,

Kisshy

 

 

 

Japanese Cooking Class on Aug.10th

I welcomed a couple from Birmingham, UK for the cooking  class.  I gave their name Daisuke and Saeko.  They both are intelligent and close couple.  I loved to hear their experience on their annual vacation trip all over the world, wow!

Both of them are keen on cooking. Mr. Daisuke loved Japanese cooking knife. He has a good knife skill and done beautiful- fine Julienne of shiso leaves.  Better than me!

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  Menu on Augst 10th

Horse mackerel Nanban-zuke

Egg plant miso dengaku

Cucumber with ground sesame dressing

marinated fresh tuna sashimi

rice and miso soup

matcha cake

I’m very happy to hear both of them loved Japanese food.

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Ms. Saeko, I appreciate your such an amazing review on TripAdvisor!

It was also interesting to hear that they went to Nagiso in Nagano pref.  during their stay in Japan.  According to the website, Nagiso has  beautiful nature,  historical place, and nice hot springs. I often learn my guests the  fascinating places where I’ve never visit in Japan.

Nagiso website

http://www.town.nagiso.nagano.jp/kankou/English/Page1.html

Many thanks,

Kisshy

 

 

 

 

 

Japanese Cooking Class on August 1st Giving you Japanese name!

Hi there,

We had  such a fun class on August 1st with a couple and their friend from LA and a man from UK. Also attending a photographer shooting for Tokyo.com.

The group today was very fun people including the photographer. We had great time to exchange information of activity in Japan.

I got an idea to give Japanese names to the participants in this class, and I’ve been giving the names to my studuends in the class. We call each other in Japanese name only in the class.  I gave their name today  Shigeru, Sachiko, Yuko, akiko ( her original Japanesae name given by shigeru) and Sho.

Japanese name means depend on which Chinese characters kanji  use for. So there name might be same pronunciation but the meaning is little different.   Every attendee have  enjoyed Japanese name  pretty much so far.  I’ d like to keep doing in my class. Thank you for giving me the idea, shigeru!

 

Menu on August 1st

 

Horse Mackerel  Nanban-zuke

Cucumber  Sesame -vinegar dressing

Miso grazed pan fried eggplant

Rice and Miso soup

Matcha cake

Many thanks,

Kisshy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cooking Class on Jul 28th

Hi there,

There is a lovely couple from U.K attended cooking class.   We had a great time to cook together and enjoyed talking a lot :D.

The class is a birthday gift from Ms. R to her boyfriend Mr. R.

See! both of them are very good at using chopsticks for cooking, not only eating!

 

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The menu on Jul 28th ’16

Mackerel Nanban-zuke

Egg plant miso dengaku (sweet miso paste)

Cucumber sesame vinegar dressing

Rice and Miso soup

dessert

They both LOVED what we cooked. We talked a lot about trip in Japan, how we think about Tokyo for tourists and their life in their country.  After we ate  nice food and talked a lot, I felt like I’m inviting my friends to my house.

Thank you for coming my place, Ms. R and Mr. R.

Good luck for climbing Mt. Fuji!

*what we share in this class

Tsukiji Sushi Place

Sushi Sei   Shin kan

http://www.sunnypages.jp/travel_guide/tokyo_restaurants/sushi/Tsukiji+Sushi+Sei%E3%80%80/796

Hamashige (2F)

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g1066444-d3876010-i167202497-Hamashigezushi-Chuo_Tokyo_Tokyo_Prefecture_Kanto.html

 

Many thanks!

Kisshy

 

 

 

 

Cooking Class on Jul 7th ’16 Tanabata day!

You may see colorful bamboo brunches when you are in Japan in this season. That is Japanese traditional early summer scene.  If you have chance I recommend you to write your wish on the paper strip!

*What is Tanabata? please refer to the bottom of the page ↓↓↓

We have a class on Tanabata day, with a couple from  Switzerland. It was very nice class I could teach them knife technique precicsely. Mis. N loves to cook and she is very good cook, organized and smart. She and her boyfriend loved miso soup and said this is the best miso soup ever!

Today’s Menu on Jul 7th

Horse Mackerel Nanban-zuke

Egg plant and fried thick tofu with sweet miso

Cucumber with sesame-vinegar dressing

Corn rice  & Miso soup

Matcha and read bean cake  & tea

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Thank you Ms. N. to write my first review of TripAdvisor!!

I appreciate a lot! !(^^)!

Many Thanks!

Kisshy

*What is Tanabata?

July 7th is Japanese event of Tanabata, which is a star festival. The event derived  from originally Chinese romantic legend story of the Vega and Artier who are separated by milky way.  We wish to hold their reunion  also we write our wish on a colorful paper strip and hung on the bamboo brunches.  We believe that the wish come true if we write and decollate for bamboo leaves.