I have welcomed a family of 4 people from Michigan.
Their request was karaage, Japanese fried chicken.
6 years old boy participated in cooking at the class.
He is making mochi dough, great job!
The main dish was pork “Ton-kotsu” Ramen and Gyoza with pork & vegetables. It is amazaing how Ramen is so popular recently!
One of my guest has a Chinese family and he told me he used to wrap Gyoza once every week to help his busy Mum. He also worked for a restaurant in Vancouver for almost 10 years. No wonder he makes Gyoza and fried vegetables so effortlessly!
It was their first time to grate smoked Bonito fish but they both liked the flavor. We made Dashi soup stock with Bonito and added into pork broth.
Of course everything turned out very yummy.
I hope my guests enjoyed our Japanese style dumplings and soup noodles.
I also enjoyed seeing him frying, Wow!
Many thanks for coming!
I have welcomed beautiful family from Indiana, US.
The cooking day was their last day of 10 days trip in Japan.
Today’s cooking menus
Sushi platter ; Maki-zushi, salmon nigiri-zushi
cucumber with sesame dressing
Since all of the family member worked great, we cook all the dishes in time. great job!
Thank you all for sharing the special day in my cooking class.
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!
I have welcomed a family from Philippine for cooking class. Their request was Chicken Karaage and ramen. The kids LOVE chicken karaage, which is Japanese fried chicken, and they want to learn how to cook to cook at home.
I strongly recommend to cook chicken fry at home. You can use fresh vegetable oil for frying which is healthier than dinning out.
I was so impressed that the boys have great cooking skill. They often cook at home and I heard the older brother baked cup cake for mom’s day by himself, wow!
They have wonderful knife skills!
I’m sooooo glad to hear they loved the Karaage which was made by themselves. I’m so proud of you guys!
Hope you cook Karaage at your kitchen.
Thank you for coming our cooking class!
Here was Ramen and Gyoza(pork dumplings) class! The guests are very nice family from Canada.
It is fun to make Gyoza with family or friends ! You can make a lots and can keep in the freezer too.
This family’s tradition is Boys always cook at home !!!! How nice it is !
we had fun time together!
I had very nice couple from Spain come to my house! They really liked learning how to make GYOZA (pork dumplings).
It is really fun to make GYOZA especially with family or friends. We made 70-80 GYOZA!
main dish : GYOZA
: Japanese sesame spinach salad
: Dashi Maki Tamago (Japanese Omelet)
and Rice and Miso-soup (Tofu and Wakame)
Here is making Sesame sauce. I highly recommend the Japanese sesame spinach salad as a side dishes.
They did great job to make Dashimaki Tamago (Japanese Omelet) too! I recommend to eat with grated daikon(Japanese radish).
Baked GYOZA !!!
They loved eat everything!
At the end he wanted try to eat “Natto(fermented soybeans)”. He said it’s Unusual taste but not too bad :)!
It was really fun to exchange the culture both Japan and Spain. Thank you for coming !
It is Ramen Class today!
Miso Ramen with sautéed ground pork and simmered pork on top
Crushed Cucumber marinated with soy- ginger
Welcome to my kitchen, wonderful family from New Zealand and food lover Spanish man! They loved Miso Ramen. The class was a lot of fun and I laughed a lot during the class. Thank you everyone to make the class delightful!
I’m glad to hear that the family cooked Ramen after they got back to their home in New Zealand.
This is Miso Ramen we cooked at the class.
I prepare chicken soup and simmered pork hours ahead and we will finish wish season the soup, stair fly vegetables and sautéed ground pork and preparing ramen noodle together at the class. we made Gyoza in the class. everybody like to wrap the gyoza, and did very well!
The places we shared at the class….
When there are more than two groups in a class, we often share the trip information. I often realize that there are many aspect of Tokyo even Japan, like food, hot springs and amusements but I haven’t know a lot of things. Now I learn a lot from my gests. I appreciate that very much!
This is a nice sushi restaurant. The price is super, but believe it worth.
sushi shou in yotsuya Alain Ducasse’s favarite, pricy too
This is not that so expensive but really nice sushi. There is a brunch in tsukiji outside of the market. “Sushi-sei”
This is Okinawa shop in Ginza. The shop might have sea grapes.
This is a website for taco rice in Tokyo written in Japanese but pics are nice.
The main dish for this early October class was Chicken Teriyaki, side dishes as a small portion of Gyoza with pork & vegetables, as well as spinach with sesame sauce.
It was a lucky class as one of my guests happened to be a cooking teacher at primary school, so everything proceeded very smoothly. Lucky for me too, as I could exchange some interesting recipes with her after the class! My twin daughters are looking forward to trying them very soon during their winter vacation.
People gathered at my kitchen on this day were a lovely family from Denmark and a talented couple from Perth, Australia. So naturally the conversation got started about the Danish royal family and a bride from Australia! What a small world.
Chicken Teriyaki dish was a request and the Dad was particularly patient to learn the recipe. With authentic Mirin and Shoyu simmered together, Teriyaki sauce would naturally turn thick and shiny.
If you like it sweeter, you may add more Mirin or sugar. If you prefer savory, maybe reduce the amount of these sweet seasonings. Home cooking is always simple once you understand the basic formula.
I hope my guest enjoyed their experience at my kitchen as much as I did.
Many thanks for coming!
Sometimes my experience with visiting guests reminds me of good old day’s memory with my grandmother, who was always busy in her kitchen.
Prior to this class in early October, I received a very interesting request from a Canadian lady, who is keen to learn about fermented vegetables, if I can show her an active Nuka bed for Nuka-Zuke.
Nuka is the rice bran, looks and smells like wheat. After rice harvest, the bran is taken away from rice and we eat only the white core part of rice. But this rice bran can be used for fermented vegetables, or Japanese pickles, called Nuka-Zuke.
We add a little salt and some water to rice bran powder, which makes a perfect bed to culture lactic acid bacteria. Once the condition is settled, you may add your favorite vegetables like cucumbers, carrots, radish etc.
The problem with this fermented pickles making is that you need to stir the Nuka bed at least once every day, or the good bacteria die out and bad ones become more active, in other words your vegetables would get rotten. My grandmother used to do all these works for her family and I enjoyed eating her beautiful works as a kid.
Yet it was so much work in modern days when you have a job outside your house, so my mother did not keep it going, nor did I, util I received this inquiry from my guest lady.
Suddenly I remembered what I used to be eating and wondered if I can do something. Thanks to our internet age, I found a Japanese pickles company who sells Nuka-bed for fridge! You don’t need to take care of your Nuka every single day but once in a week with this product.
So here we are at the class, with my Nuka-Zuke works of carrots and cucumbers, as well as mackerel with Miso sauce. As is well known, Miso is one of our traditional seasonings and it is made by fermenting steamed soy beans with salt.
I hope my guest liked my home made Nuka-Zuke.
Many thanks for coming!