GYOZA class

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!

Today’s menu

main dish : GYOZA

side dishes

: Japanese sesame spinach salad

: Dashi Maki Tamago (Japanese Omelet)

:Tataki Cucumber

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 !

yuki

 

Schedule, Musubi Japanese Cooking School as of now

Yotsuya Station is 5 min from Shinjuku Station, 15 min from Tokyo Station, and 15 minutes from Shibuya Station

Each class offers 1 main dish, 1 side dish, miso soup and rice.

*We usually accept 4 participants in the each class. But if you are more than 5 persons group, we can arrange the class Max 6 at the instructor’s home. When more than 7, we need to set up the other cooking studio, so please let us know.

  • 22-Jun-2016 Wed , 10:30-13:30, Meeting at Yotsuya Station, Main dish: Beef(gyudon), Instructor: Kisshy, Price: 5000 yen, available seats* 0
  • 23-Jun-2016 Thu 10:30-13:30 Meeting at Yotsuya Station, Tempura, grilled miso fish sunomono Instructor: Kisshy, Price: 5000 yen, available seats* 3
  • 6-Jul-2016 Wed 10:30-13:30 Meeting at Yotsuya Station, okonomi yaki nasudengaku Instructor: Kisshy, Price: 5000 yen, available seats* 0
  • 7-Jul-2016 Thu 10:30-13:30 Meeting at Yotsuya Station, To be discussed, Instructor: Kisshy, Price: 5000 yen, available seats* 4
  • 13-Jul-2016 Wed 10:30-13:30 Meeting at Yotsuya Station, Main dish: To be discussed, Instructor: Kisshy, Price: 5000 yen, available seats* 3
  • 27-Jul-2016 Wed , 14:00-17:00, Meeting at Yotsuya Station, Main dish: To be discussed, Instructor: Kisshy, Price: 5000 yen, available seats* 4
  • 29-Jul-2016 Fri , 14:00-17:00, Meeting at Yotsuya Station, Main dish: To be discussed, Instructor: Kisshy, Price: 5000 yen, available seats* 4
  • 1-Aug-2016 Mon , 14:00-17:00, Meeting at Yotsuya Station, Main dish: To be discussed, Instructor: Kisshy, Price: 5000 yen, available seats* 0
  • 3-Aug-2016 Wed , 14:00-17:00, Meeting at Yotsuya Station, Main dish: To be discussed, Instructor: Kisshy, Price: 5000 yen, available seats* 4
  • 18-Aug-2016 Thu , 14:00-17:00, Meeting at Yotsuya Station, Main dish: To be discussed, Instructor: Kisshy, Price: 5000 yen, available seats* 4
  • 24-Aug-2016 Wed , 14:00-17:00, Meeting at Yotsuya Station, Main dish: To be discussed, Instructor: Kisshy, Price: 5000 yen, available seats* 4

Originally posted 2016-06-20 01:28:42.

Schedule, Musubi Japanese Cooking School,

Yotsuya Station is 5 min from Shinjuku Station, 15 min from Tokyo Station, and 15 minutes from Shibuya Station

Each class offers 1 main dish, 1 side dish, miso soup and rice.

*We usually accept 4 participants in the each class. But if you are more than 5 persons group, we can arrange the class Max 6 at the instructor’s home. When more than 7, we need to set up the other cooking studio, so please let us know.

  • 15-Jun-2016 Wed , 10:30-13:30, Meeting at Yotsuya Station, Main dish: Nanbanduke, Instructor: Kisshy, Price: 5000 yen, available seats* 0
  • 22-Jun-2016 Wed , 10:30-13:30, Meeting at Yotsuya Station, Main dish: Beef(gyudon), Instructor: Kisshy, Price: 5000 yen, available seats* 0
  • 6-Jul-2016 Wed , 10:30-13:30, Meeting at Yotsuya Station, Main dish: Okonomiyaki, Instructor: Kisshy, Price: 5000 yen, available seats* 2
  • 13-Jul-2016 Wed , 10:30-13:30, Meeting at Yotsuya Station, Main dish: To be discussed, Instructor: Kisshy, Price: 5000 yen, available seats* 4
  • 27-Jul-2016 Wed , 14:00-17:00, Meeting at Yotsuya Station, Main dish: To be discussed, Instructor: Kisshy, Price: 5000 yen, available seats* 4
  • 29-Jul-2016 Fri , 14:00-17:00, Meeting at Yotsuya Station, Main dish: To be discussed, Instructor: Kisshy, Price: 5000 yen, available seats* 4
  • 1-Aug-2016 Mon , 14:00-17:00, Meeting at Yotsuya Station, Main dish: To be discussed, Instructor: Kisshy, Price: 5000 yen, available seats* 1
  • 3-Aug-2016 Wed , 14:00-17:00, Meeting at Yotsuya Station, Main dish: To be discussed, Instructor: Kisshy, Price: 5000 yen, available seats* 4
  • 18-Aug-2016 Thu , 14:00-17:00, Meeting at Yotsuya Station, Main dish: To be discussed, Instructor: Kisshy, Price: 5000 yen, available seats* 4
  • 24-Aug-2016 Wed , 14:00-17:00, Meeting at Yotsuya Station, Main dish: To be discussed, Instructor: Kisshy, Price: 5000 yen, available seats* 4

Originally posted 2016-06-17 04:24:43.

Schedule of Japanese Musubi Cooking School

Schedule of Japanese Musubi Cooking School, as of  now.

 

Yotsuya Station is 5 min from Shinjuku Station, 15 min from Tokyo Station, and 15 minutes from Shibuya Station

Each class offers 1 main dish, 1 side dish, miso soup and rice.

*We usually accept 4 participants in the each class. But if you are more than 5 persons group, we can arrange the class Max 6 at the instructor’s home. When more than 7, we need to set up the other cooking studio, so please let us know.

  • 15-Jun-2016 Wed , 10:30-13:30, Meeting point: Yotsuya Station, Main dish: Nanbanduke, Instructor: Kisshy, Price: 5000 yen, available seats* 3
  • 22-Jun-2016 Wed , 10:30-13:30, Meeting point: Yotsuya Station, Main dish: gyudon, Instructor: Kisshy, Price: 5000 yen, available seats* 0
  • 6-Jul-2016 Wed , 10:30-13:30, Meeting point: Yotsuya Station, Main dish: Okonomiyaki, Instructor: Kisshy, Price: 5000 yen, available seats* 2
  • 13-Jul-2016 Wed , 10:30-13:30, Meeting point: Yotsuya Station, Main dish: Okonomiyaki, Instructor: Kisshy, Price: 5000 yen, available seats* 4
  • 27-Jul-2016 Wed , 14:00-17:00, Meeting point: Yotsuya Station, Main dish: Okonomiyaki, Instructor: Kisshy, Price: 5000 yen, available seats* 4
    29-Jul-2016 Fri , 14:00-17:00, Meeting point: Yotsuya Station, Main dish: Okonomiyaki, Instructor: Kisshy, Price: 5000 yen, available seats* 4
  • 1-Aug-2016 Mon , 14:00-17:00, Meeting point: Yotsuya Station, Main dish: TBD, Instructor: Kisshy, Price: 5000 yen, available seats* 1
  • 3-Aug-2016 Wed , 14:00-17:00, Meeting point: Yotsuya Station, Main dish: TBD, Instructor: Kisshy, Price: 5000 yen, available seats* 4
  • 18-Aug-2016 Thu , 14:00-17:00, Meeting point: Yotsuya Station, Main dish: TBD, Instructor: Kisshy, Price: 5000 yen, available seats* 4
  • 24-Aug-2016 Wed , 14:00-17:00, Meeting point: Yotsuya Station, Main dish: TBD, Instructor: Kisshy, Price: 5000 yen, available seats* 4

Originally posted 2016-06-07 13:14:51.

Private Seafood Class with Japanese wine ~February 2018~

The menu was;
Swordfish and salmon with Nanban-zuke sauce
Lotus with Mentaiko(salted Cod roe with red chili)
Eggplant with sweet & savory Miso sauce
Mis soup with clams
Rice, Pickled vegetables (Nuka zuke)

My guest for this class was a foodie lady from Boston, USA, who was interested in trying some Japanese wine (not Sake but wine produced at vineyards here) with Japanese home-cooking meals.

That was a very rare request as we usually choose Sake along with Japanese cooking. Some typical Japanese favorite like Siokara (salted squid) are so yummy with our Sake, but it will be a nightmare to pair it with wine.

On the other hand, there are various seafood dishes in our traditional meals and I love drinking wines from various parts of the world, so why not?

Here we are two happy girls being adventurous and we tried a few pairing! (I am very sorry our food were almost gone in this picture but please kindly think of this as a good sign!?)

I picked up a bottle from Yamanashi prefecture and another from Nagano pref. My guest told me that she has been studying not just wine tasting but also wine making at wineries! It was a perfect opportunity for me to get an authority’s opinion about pairing Japanese dishes with our domestic wines, how she like or not-like each pairing, how she would describe each taste, etc.

The words my guest chose to express her feelings, various aromas and tastes were truly impressive but all I remember now is that it was just a very happy few hours. Next time she is here, I swear I take notes.

Many thanks for coming!
Akiko

Schedule, Musubi Japanese Cooking School, June 4th

Yotsuya Station is 5 min from Shinjuku Station, 15 min from Tokyo Station, and 15 minutes from Shibuya Station

Each class offers 1 main dish, 1 side dish, miso soup and rice.

*We usually accept 4 participants in the each class. But if you are more than 5 persons group, we can arrange the class Max 6 at the instructor’s home. When more than 7, we need to set up the other cooking studio, so please let us know.

  • 8-Jun-2016 Wed , 10:30-13:30, Meeting point: Yotsuya Station, Main dish: Nanbanduke, Instructor: Kisshy, Price: 5000 yen, available seats* 4
  • 15-Jun-2016 Wed , 10:30-13:30, Meeting point: Yotsuya Station, Main dish: Nanbanduke, Instructor: Kisshy, Price: 5000 yen, available seats* 3
  • 22-Jun-2016 Wed , 10:30-13:30, Meeting point: Yotsuya Station, Main dish: gyudon, Instructor: Kisshy, Price: 5000 yen, available seats* 0
  • 6-Jul-2016 Wed , 10:30-13:30, Meeting point: Yotsuya Station, Main dish: Okonomiyaki, Instructor: Kisshy, Price: 5000 yen, available seats* 2
  • 13-Jul-2016 Wed , 10:30-13:30, Meeting point: Yotsuya Station, Main dish: Okonomiyaki, Instructor: Kisshy, Price: 5000 yen, available seats* 4
  • 27-Jul-2016 Wed , 14:00-17:00, Meeting point: Yotsuya Station, Main dish: Okonomiyaki, Instructor: Kisshy, Price: 5000 yen, available seats* 4
    29-Jul-2016 Fri , 14:00-17:00, Meeting point: Yotsuya Station, Main dish: Okonomiyaki, Instructor: Kisshy, Price: 5000 yen, available seats* 4
  • 1-Aug-2016 Mon , 14:00-17:00, Meeting point: Yotsuya Station, Main dish: TBD, Instructor: Kisshy, Price: 5000 yen, available seats* 1
  • 3-Aug-2016 Wed , 14:00-17:00, Meeting point: Yotsuya Station, Main dish: TBD, Instructor: Kisshy, Price: 5000 yen, available seats* 4
  • 18-Aug-2016 Thu , 14:00-17:00, Meeting point: Yotsuya Station, Main dish: TBD, Instructor: Kisshy, Price: 5000 yen, available seats* 4
  • 24-Aug-2016 Wed , 14:00-17:00, Meeting point: Yotsuya Station, Main dish: TBD, Instructor: Kisshy, Price: 5000 yen, available seats* 4

Originally posted 2016-06-04 14:45:44.

Deco- style Sushi Rolls with Singaporean artist couple, Nov. 2017

This late November class was a bit tough one for me, as I received a request for a special Sushi Roll.

It was the beginning of winter season when everybody would start thinking about Christmas and new year holiday, so my young guest from Singapore suggested me if we could challenge to make a sushi rolls with Xmas tree or snow man patterns!

I have never tried Xmas tree nor Snow man sushi, but I knew one very pretty pattern called ‘star’, with an egg-roll inside. No fresh seafood inside so a little disappointing if you are a Sashimi lover, but her husband does not eat Sashimi so in this case, it worked out even better.

So the menu for this class was fixed as follows;

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Deco Sushi Rolls ‘Star’

Chicken Nanban (sweet and sour, Japanese fusion style deep-fried chicken)

Spinach with sesame sauce

White Miso soup with potato & cabbage

At the kitchen, my guest was very patient and she never got tired until we finally made everything successfully, including home-made egg roll and sweet & sour Nanban sauce ! Her husband also liked the taste of chicken Nanban and the sauce for it, made with mayo, fresh chopped onion & boiled egg.

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Deco Sushi Rolls with star was a time-consuming recipe and it takes a lot of hand works, then you would end up eating a lot of rice, colored and seasoned with a few different ingredients, but it really had an appealing look. Truly ideal for your gathering tables.

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After a few weeks, I heard from my guest that she had made Deco Sushi Rolls back in Singapore! It was such a huge joy to hear and she even created her own design this time, I would call it a plum flower maybe. Here is her photo!

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Isn’t it just gorgeous!  I was so happy to hear that her guests also loved this Maki(Rolls).

Many thanks for coming and your photo!

Akiko

 

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Passionate Japanese food lovers honeymooning from Israel, Oct 2017

Many of my guests are really passionate about Japanese food and it is always a great honor to get a chance to meet up with such people. This honeymoon couple  from Israel was definitely one of them.  They were fascinated to try a Japanese style vegetarian meal, including Tofu.

So the main dish was Sushi rolls with green vegetables, pickles and sesame. The couple chose a private lesson so we also did a few vegetable side dishes with three different sauces; sesame sauce, sweet miso sauce and creamy tofu sauce, as well as miso soup with vegetable stock.

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They were also very knowledgeable about Japanese history and interested in some antique plates and traditional  earthenwares, too.

One of my favorite Japanese earthenware is Oribe-yaki, old potteries in Gifu prefecture and known for its dark green colored glaze. I used my Oribe plates for our eggplant dish at this class and my guests kindly told me that they liked them  as well as various food we prepared together.

The next day, the couple surprised me with a news that they bought a rice cooker to take home after my class!

I hope they are now enjoying cooking Japanese food at their sweet home…

Many thanks for coming!

Akiko

Heard about Nuka-Zuke? -Private class on October 2017

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.

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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!

Akiko

 

Ramen & Gyoza class for a future food business owner -September 2017

This was a calss for a solo traveller from Australia who is willing to cook Ramen and Gyoza. At first I thought he is one of many Ramen & Gyoza lovers but as we talk preparing our lunch, I learned that he is already working at an Asian food business and hope to be independent some day.

In fact he is so serious that he took 3 cooking classes during his short stay in Tokyo! I was honored to be a little part of  these opportunities during his limited time in my country.

I love good food but never worked as a chef by the way, still I  hope he found his experience with Japanese Mum & home cooking at my kitchen worth his time & effort…

The way he mixed the chopped vegetables and minced pork meat for Gyoza filling was super!  It requires a good strong pressure so each separate ingredients become together.

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One thing he liked very much was our Japanese style eggs.  As one of the Ramen toppings, we often prepare flavoured boiled eggs. it is tasty as a topping for simple steamed rice, too.

For its flavour, I use soy sauce, Mirin and smoked bonito if my guest is OK with seafood. You need to keep it in a fridge for a few days so the eggs turn brown outside but inside is till bright yellow. They add a nice colour in a Ramen bowl.

I hope my guest had a good time and wish him the best of luck for his future in Asian food business, I am sure he will be very successful!

Many thanks for coming!

Akiko