Karaage with a foodie lady from HK

My family’s all time favorite menu, “chicken Karaage” today!

Side dishes are; aubergine with sweet & savory white Miso sauce on top, spinach with sesame sauce, Miso soup with Dashi broth & black rice.

My guest lady is from Hong Kong, so I asked her a lot of questions about Cantonese style Ramen noodles, especially what kind of ingredients are used to make soup broth. It was very interesting to hear her stories!

“Itadaki-Masu” means something like “Bon appetit” in our language.

Some people think it is said to show appreciation towards the chef,  but more importabtly it is meant to show respect towards all ingredients and food, as their precious lives (vegetables or fish or meat…) are taken to keep our lives and we should always be aware of that.

Many thanks for coming!

 

 

US Family gathering over Ramen & Gyoza

Family and friends came from west and east of USA and got together in Tokyo apartment kitchen for Ramen & Gyoza cooking class.  Wrapping the Gyoza with pork and veggies filling. Fun!

Mixing the Gyoza filling ingredients requires good pressure with both hands.  ARIGATO for a great job!!

Slicing a lump of pork done by the great father of the family!

I hope my guests all had a memorable time in Japan…

Many thanks for coming!!

Akiko

Sushi-making & Sake-tasting for Nike

In early December we welcomed a group of 20+ people from Nike!

This was the 2nd time to organize a gathering for this huge global company in Tokyo. We were very happy to hear that participants liked their team building lunch back in August, so they decided to contact us again for an evening function.

 

We planned Sushi roll & Temari Sushi cooking class. All ingredients for fillings and toppings were prepared in advance, but the guests had to make their own Sushi seasoning and mix with steamed rice, then start rolling & shaping their own Sushi for dinner.

 

Although this cooking class was held after a long day at their global meeting, everybody did a great work and everything went so smoothly that all results were beautiful and delicious!

 

After enjoying our tasty Sushi and other food including chicken Karrage, spinach with sesame sauce, fresh colorful veggies with Miso-Mayo dip, pork slices, sweet egg rolls etc., it was time for Sake tasting quiz! There are lots of types and brands of Sake in Japan.  It was hard for us to choose just a few kinds, but we hope it turned out a good opportunity for our guests to try something different.

 

We would be very happy if we could be of a little help to discover some new charms of Japanese gastronomy!  

 

Yuki & 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!

Tempura and Pork Ginger class!

Today was the Private class.

The 2 main dishes are Tempura and Pork Ginger.

The point of Tempura preparation is remove water from and keeping ingredients cool.

Deep frying time! We put the ingredients a little by each in to the oil then we can keep oil temperatures.

We also made Pork Ginger, Japanese sesame spinach salad and Green pepper stir fry with young fish.

It was really fun class! Thank you for coming.

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

Japanese home dish Mckerel Nanban Marinade

I have welcomed two young people from Toronto. They had just graduated university.

 

Since both of them are a good cook,  I would like to introduced Japanese great taste of summer ingredients for lunch.

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Mackerel nanban marinade

Cucumber with creamy sesame sauce

summer vegetables with miso sauce

Edamame rice

Miso soup

Thank you for coming and sharing your life in Toronto!

Kisshy

 

 

 

 

Tempura & Gyoza class

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,

 

Akiko

Maguro and more! Sushi class on hot summer day

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!

 

Akiko

 

Vegetarian & pork Ramen/Gyoza 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!

Akiko