My guests from Canada requested;
Chicken Karaage, Japanese style fried chicken & Tempura with prawns and vegetables.
Summer is a great season to cook Tempura, as we have a variety of colorful vegetables perfect for this menu, such as Kabocha pumpkin, eggplant, Shiso leaves, and corn!
When I do Tempura with corn, I take all corn pieces off the cob with my fingers. This is a rather tiring process when I cook alone but my guests did it beautifully! So I could enjoy some yummy Tempura of corn at lunch table with my guests, thank you for my team!
If you are a fan of coriander/cilantro, chop a bunch of fresh green ones and add to corn. For this Tempura, I recommend to eat just with salt simply. Or maybe with some thick creamy Greek yoghurt with a pinch of salt & your favorite spices.
If not, our Japanese traditional Tempura sauce will do just as great. We use our Dashi(soup stock), soy sauce and Mirin. Mirin is a kind of Sake and very, very sweet but not a spoon of sugar added. We use this liquor mainly for cooking nowadays.
This traditional Tempura dip sauce works amazing with sweet seasonal Kabocha pumkin Tempura. That is one of my kids favorites but be careful when you cut kabocha, as its green skin is quite tough.
My young guests at this class were also really sweet and I enjoyed cooking with them a lot.
Many thanks for coming!
I have welcomed a group from Ireland near Dublin. They love Japanese food and cooking.
What we cooked today
Sushi Platter ; Maki-zushi, Inari-zushi, salmon nigiri-zushi
Cooked eggplant with miso sauce
Cucumber with sesame cream sauce
Makin sushi platter is something that trying something new and creative activity.
So glad they enjoyed cooking all dishes!
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!
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!
Swordfish and vegetables cook in miso sauce
Summer vegetables with sweet miso sauce
I’ve welcomed one group of two families at the class. They came from different places, Colorado and Melbourne, and they are really close. It is their annual reunion trip. Thank you very much for choosing our cooking class! There are lot of laughing and fun during cooking and lunch time.
They did good job for making mochi for dessert.
See their all beautiful smiles!
Hope you have wonderful trip trough Japan and more wonderful food experience!
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!
I had a request for a private sushi cooking class which includes making Nigiri-sushi, temari-sushi, sushi roll and inari-zushi from a girl from Taiwan. She loves Japanese food and wanted to learn how to make those various kinds of sushi.
She made an egg omelet for sushi roll and an egg sheet for temari-zushi successfully.
Also she got how to make good shape of nigiri-zushi right away.
Her plating presentation is perfect!
Although she is very busy for her work during the stay in Tokyo, she came over for learning Japanese cooking.
Thank you for choosing our Musubi Cooking Class!
A sushi platter
Salmon aburi-zushi, Inari-zushi, temari-zushi and sushi roll
spinach with roasted sesame and tofu cream sauce
Cooked Egg plant miso-dengaku, sweet miso sauce
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!