Sushi & Agedashi Tofu class

It was a “2 x Main dishes” class for a couple from Melbourne, Australia. This occasion was their 30th anniversary trip and I was very much honored to be a part of such special time with this academia couple.

Husband choice was Sushi roll, while wife’s choice was Agedashi Tofu and the couple decided to try both recipes at my Tokyo kitchen.

‘Agedashi Tofu ‘ means ‘deep fried(age) Tofu’ in a bowl of ‘dashi (Japanese soup stock)’. So now you may get a clear image of this menu. This can be a nice and filling vegan dish if you use Kombu & Shiitake mushroom soup stock for your Dashi. At the class, I normally use smoked Bonito and Kombu for my stock.

For my family, I sometimes add deep fried chicken tender, shrinp, aubergine, okura etc. as well as Tofu. Then this can be a big main dish for everybody.

Wishing my guest couple another wonderful 30 years together and  many thanks for choosing our home cooking class!

Akiko

Gyoza & Ramen unite the world!?

This class was fully booked with an American family and a couple from Philippines, sharing various cooking tasks among 4 adults and 2 very young guets.

The family was living in far east of Russia and accustomed to our dietary, using a lot of seafood in cooking. Little twin boy and girl helped us tearing cabbage and mixing Gyoza fillings by hands. Thank you for your great help!

The gentleman from Manila was a restaurant owner and chef ! No wonder he handles everything so effortlessly  and the couple was such a foodie people.  I am now enjoying looking at his Instagram full of yummy photos.

Sharing some delicious moments together at my kitchen.

Many thanks for coming!

Akiko

 

 

 

Gyoza time with doctors from east and west

Gyoza class with two pairs of couples, from US and UK. While making Gyoza filling and wrapping them, we were chatting about all sorts of things about food and not about food, then surprisingly, 3/4 of my guets were in medical field!  It was interesting to find out about differences in  education system to be a doctor in each country.

Making a piece of Gyoza into nice shape! Much easier than it may look.

The amount of filling shoule be one spoonful as shown here. It might be tastier if you have more inside, but be careful not to push in too much and ended up breaking!

I hope my guests enjoyed their time at Tokyo apartment kitchen.

Many thanks for coming!

Akiko

Chicken karaage class for a foodie couple

Our all time favorite, Chicken Karaage as a main dish today!

Served with “black” rice , Miso soup with potato, Mitsba herb etc. & vegetable side dishes with sweet and savory sauces.

 

My guest was a couple from US. Both of them are great cooks & the husband turned out to be a specialist of pickled vegetables. Of course, I ask him a favor to send me a recipe, which I did receive and am enjoying now, THANK YOU!!!   One of my daughter is a big vegetable eater and she LOVEs pickled food.

Here is the table of our lunch with Karaage, aubergine etc. Good food, good fun talk with good company.  Always my favorite moment.

I hope my guests also liked their experience at Tokyo apartment kitchen.

Many thanks for coming!

Akiko

Seafood Sushi class for US MBAs

Fresh seafood & vegetables +  short grain rice +rice vinegar, salt & sugar

= SUSHI!

I often make them for my kids gathering. Today it was a request by my guest MBA students from Pennsylvania USA.

Pounding sesame seeds here for one of our popular dishes, spinach with sesame sauce. Tossed sesame smells really great, with its rich aroma filling the whole kitchen and makes everyone so hungry!

Voila! Sushi roll plate is completed!

I hope this will be one of  happy moments in Tokyo for young students to remember…

Many thanks for coming!

Akiko

Ramen & Gyoza class with US MBAs

Time to make Gyoza dumplings! Today I welcomed two MBA students form Pennsylvania. Girls were going to prepare these Japanese dishes when they go back home. I am sure it went well as both of them were very quick learners!

One of the first tasks is to grate smoked Bonito. Enjoy the fresh aroma!

Be very careful with your fingers!  My Mum used to tell me.  But no worries,  none of my guests has made any cut (at least so far).

Here we are! After an hour + of hard work in the kitchen, time to enjoy self-cooked pork Ramen, Gyoza and fresh salad.

Many thanks for coming!

Akiko

 

Gyoza & healthy veggie sides for American girls

Today’s main dish was Gyoza dumplings with pork, Chinese cabbage, garlic chives, green leek & more! Side dishes as eggpant with sweet & savory Miso sauce, fresh cabbage salad with pickled Kombu, etc.

Welcome to my Tokyo kitchen!  It was such a fun class with beautiful American young ladies.  Good friends from high school days, good team work naturally!

Can you believe we have made all these Gyoza with hands, filling was made from scratch?  It is actually very simple and easy. Gyoza is really fun to make with friends, eat with friends.

Many thanks for coming!!

Akiko

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

Ramen & Gyoza class for an Aussie couple & Swedish café owner

“Oishi-!”  do as Japanese do when photo-shooting in Japan!?

The main dish for this class was Pork Ramen, with pork broth & Japanese Dashi soup stock, with toppings of Miso flavored pork and meat sauce with Japanese seasonings.

For Gyoza, we chopped cabbage, garlic chives (Nira), leek etc. Add a little bit of grated garlic if you like.

Both are served sizzling hot and full of rich meaty flavors, so I recommended something cold and fresh as a side dish. I would like my guest to try something different while they are at Tokyo apartment kitchen so here it is, fresh cabbage torn into one bite size with hands, marinated with sesame oil, salt and pickled Kombu! If you like soy sauce & vinegar flavor, try this easy side!

My Swedish guest owns a cafe near Stockholm serving some menus inspired by Japanese taste such as Maccha, while my guests from wine country Adelaide were big fans of anime.

I hope they all find our home cooking dishes as good!

Many thanks for coming!
Akiko

Seafood but No Sushi Class

The main dish request for this class was “something seafood, but not Sushi” as the couple has already learned how to make Sushi before. So we did our popular seafood main dish Nanban style marinade of fried salmon & swordfish.

For side dish choices, my guest picked a menu using Kaki, the seasonal fruit of autumn and one of few indigenous kinds for land of Japan. Plus sweet & savory Miso sauce with grilled eggplant.

My guest couple told me they were living in a motor house and I was as curious as always, so they showed me some photos, and it was way beyond my imagination, truly gigantic! Their kitchen in the motor house is much bigger than mine in Tokyo apartment, with every nice equipment.

I am sure they can cook anything at their beautiful kitchen. Hope they have tried out our Japanese home cooking recipe back home.

Many thanks for coming!
Akiko