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.
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!
I welcomed a group of 6 people from France
in my class this morning.
The cooking class was a surprise gift from three people in the group to rest of the three people. Those three people didn’t know what purpose they came for by the time I told them at our meeting point.
Actually, three people came to Japan because of their business, and they bring their spouses ( partners) to Japan together. Then, the three partners gave special time back to the workers. I’m impressed such a wonderful idea and decide I will success the plan at the cooking class.
They all are so close and nice relationships. I’m glad I could work with them.
Even though my kitchen is too small to work together all 6 people, They are happy to work there together. They seems like good friends.
Plating time. Carefully serving each plate for looking beautiful. Japanese plating should be visually beautiful.
Then it is time for lunch. They liked the food they prepared.
I got email from the organize and they all really enjoyed the class. I’m glad to hear that!
I welcomed three participants today in the class ; a couple from Israel and a man from Mexico, who visited for annual Food Show exhibition.
We made ramen, gyoza and a cucumber dish today for lunch time. I’m glad our ramen class become popular and we can share many people to cook home made ramen without MSG.
We prepare so much vegetables, so our ramen and gyoza menus are quite healthy.
In my class, I cook braised pork and seasoned egg the day before. Because it is too short time to cook pork, we call it char shu, in 2 hours our cooking time. I tried to cook it in 2 hours, hopefully I could show how to make the pork from scratch, in the result it is still chewy, the meat is not enough to soft. So I decide it to prepare the day before. So far the people understand it and enjoy soft and moisture braised pork on ramen noodles.
Today’s participants enjoy cooking ramen, also making gyoza wrapping. Every body try to make nice shape of gyoza, which is fun.
Look at his well done gyoza flairs and super smiling!
Then the participants have ramen together with chatting. Lunch time become social time, the participants enjoy to talk about their different food culture.
I welcomed a pastry chef from Niece, France this morning to make Japanese sweets.
She requested Japanese cheese cake, matcha rolled cake and dora-yaki.
She is really professional , works as a pastry chef for years.
Look at her position which is about to roll the jenoise with azuki cream.
And cut the cakes carefully and beautifully.
Look at this flawless cheese cake! I shared my cheese cake recipe, but she made it much nicer than I expected. I also learned her professional techniques making soufflé successfully.
She also made daifuku- mocha and “onigiri” for her lunch. We made them successfully.
I welcomed a couple from Australia this morning.
They requested Ramen and Gyoza class. They both like cooking and enjoy chopping vegetables and saute the vegetable for preparing ramen.
Especially they ( actually, we) really enjoyed making nice shaped gyoza.
When the time we make gyoza, I usually show the participants once or twice how to wrap gyoza filling. Although it seems difficult to make at the first time, it becomes easier and nicer with repetition.
Finally they made such a nice shape! Look at their works!
I’m quite impressed, those are better than what made.
Then we had nice ramen with gyoza lunch.
I’m glad you liked ramen too. Thank you very much for your wonderful comment on Trip Adviser!
I welcomed a family from New Zealand this morning. The family consists of grand parents, parents and their son and he made a reservation the class. The son is a student in Tokyo, and it is the first visit in Japan for other family members.
I was happy to share Japanese culture to them and I would like to know their life style which is so much different from our life in Tokyo.
We had so much fun to chat during cooking time. The mother and grand-mother are great cook, so we prepared efficiently.
Then we wrapped gyoza…
Eventually they enjoyed lunch time.
Hope you bring Gyoza back to your kitchen and make it at home.
It is my last day to give cooking class in August. It had been humid and warm weather during summer. I’m glad to give many classes and met many people from over the world.
I welcomed a couple from France for cooking salmon sauté with vegetables in miso sauce and Inari-zushi ( sushi). They liked inari-zushi so wanted to make how to make.
I like inari-zushi, and honestly I buy them rather than home making since it takes time to prepare it. Although I make it annually or twice a year when I prepare for family event, home made Inari-zushi is much tastier than the store bought.
First, we cooked rice and making vinegar sushi rice. Meanwhile we cook fried tofu in seasonings and let them cool in room temperature. Then making small rice balls and put the balls into the fried tofu pockets.
The couple also cooked Tamago-yaki, Japanese egg omelet and tuna Temari-sushi as well.
Finally we made big lunch and the couple enjoyed the meal.
As long as you can get fried tofu and fundamental Japanese seasonings, you can make your own Inari-zushi.
Hope you enjoy making inari-zushi back your home!
I had special request to make sushi roll and cooking fish by a couple from UK.
Regularly our cooking class offers one main dish, two side dishes, rice and miso soup. However, we can cope with extra main dish or side dish if someone requests with additional fee.
Then we decided to cook Salmon naban marinade which is Japanese style escabeche, sushi roll, cucumber with sweet sesame dressing, fried eggplant with miso sauce at the class. I assumed the class will be busier than the regular class, so I prepared the ingredients elaborately.
Making sushi roll is challenging, but mostly the participants has done very well, embarrassedly, sometime better than me(!).
The participants were well done for chopping ingredients and major the seasonings to make sauces.
Fanning make cooked rice cooler faster than room temperature
Making an egg omelet for center of sushi roll. Little challenging at the begging of the part, but I’m sure you will get accustomed and finally make a beautiful omelets.
Spread out vinegar rice over nori seaweed to make base of the roll. .
They made beautiful sushi rolls and enjoyed for lunch.
I appreciate your amazing review for Trip Advisor. I’m glad you and your wife enjoyed the class.
Thank you for coming!
Sometimes I receive a very specific request on menus to cook at classes.
For this class in May, my guest, who turns out be a super woman (business executive & mother of 2 kids) from Singapore, asked me if we can try Oyako-don, Gyoza, Chicken teriyaki, Miso dengaku with eggplant and Japanese style potato salad.
That is a lot for one meal and the combination is not exactly what we normally do, but I understand it is a good chance to try different dishes for a visitor when time is limited. Obviously the lady has tried many Japanese dishes already so I was interested to hear her opinions on our food, too.
She visited me with her lovely young daughter who was a great help in the kitchen! She can slice and cut and stir with no problem.
Among the menus my guest chose, I was curious to ask why she picked up a potato salad, as is a rather western menu to me. She was after a Japanese style potato salad in particular, which her family tried before and became her son’s favorite.
What I think ‘very Japanese’ and what my guests like to learn at Japanese home cooking class may not be always the same. It is very interesting to discover what people are attracted in our food culture.
Many thanks for coming!
There are 2 guests from US today.
It is sometime not easy to make a class who is booked by one person since the class opens for 2 participants at the least.
This class was miraculously offered by two girls who had been in different county and almost same time. They both offered ramen cooking, wow!
I’m glad they enjoyed cooking ramen, the toppings and gyoza. One of the girl had been in China and learned how to wrap gyoza ingredients with wrappers. She shared how to make beautiful shaped gyoza.
Although they are early 20ish, they both often cook at their home and well done in the class as well. Me, “wait! slow down, I can’t catch up for tidy up, haha!”
They are so lovely girls. After we talked many things during lunch time, I felt like I’m their mom in Japan, since I’m their mom’s age rather than their friend’s age.
I wish their trip safety and great fortune in their future!
Thank you for giving me such a precious time! I appreciate your review on TripAdvisor.