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,
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’ve welcomed a student from Paris. She was interested in to make Japanese sweets, especially “Dorayaki“. Dorayaki is Japanese confection, which is red bean pancake.
We made Dorayaki, Japanese cheese cake and fruits mochi sweets.
She made a good shaped fruits daihuku. Wrapping mochi with white bean paste and small orange was not easy though.
Making pancakes for dorayaki.
She saw Japanese movie “Sweet Bean (An)” then was interested in dorayaki as Japanese confectionary. She said the movie is amazing and recommended me to see that. Yes, I will!
She made beautiful colored pancake for dorayaki.
Thank you for coming my sweets class!
I have welcomed close father and daughter from Israel for ramen cooking class. The cooking day was the last day of their 45 days trip in Japan for them. I appreciate to choose our cooking class for their important day.
I had a request for cooking ramen and gyoza with chicken. I usually use pork for ramen toppings and cook braised pork in advance of the cooking class since braised pork need long time to cook.
However, chicken for ramen topping doesn’t need so much time and I can show how to cook it in the class. It is very easy, soft and moisture with little technique, moreover it goes with ramen.
The father and the daughter did a great job for cooking, at this time making gyoza. They picked up how to fold gyoza dumplings and made good shape.
They enjoyed cooking with long chopsticks.
Thank you for coming my ramen class!
The menu was seafood(Swordfish & Salmon) Nanban-zuke, eggplant with sweet Miso sauce, fresh seasonal Bonito marinade with garlic & ginger, Miso soup with fried Tofu and Choy Sum greens.
At this class, I welcomed young Swedish boys from Stockholm, a couple from Chicago, USA and a Canadian traveller from Ottawa .
A lady from US is very knowledgeble about fermented foods and she is making her own Kimchee, Sauerkraut etc. Naturally she was very interested in our fermented pickles i.e. Tsukemono. I was very happy to have a chance to show my Nuka bed and we all tasted my Nuka Zuke-ed cucumbers and carrots.
A gentleman from Canada asked me what kind of wood chips Japanese use in making Katsuo Bushi (Smoked Bonito). That was an unusual question but later he turned out to be a semi-professional chef and makes his own smoked food. No wonder!
Congratulations my team our lunch turned out really yummy !
At our lunch table, my Swedish guests also told us about their exotic fermented food, a kind of canned fish but my old brain hasn’t got enough memory to store this Swedish name…
He told us that some Swedish people were trying to export this product to Japan at one stage, as we are known as seafood crazy but not quite succeeded yet.
Thank you all for lots of interesting stories, many thanks for coming!
Swordfish and vegetables cook in miso sauce
Summer vegetables with sweet miso sauce
I’ve welcomed one group of two families at the class. They came from different places, Colorado and Melbourne, and they are really close. It is their annual reunion trip. Thank you very much for choosing our cooking class! There are lot of laughing and fun during cooking and lunch time.
They did good job for making mochi for dessert.
See their all beautiful smiles!
Hope you have wonderful trip trough Japan and more wonderful food experience!
I had a request for a private sushi cooking class which includes making Nigiri-sushi, temari-sushi, sushi roll and inari-zushi from a girl from Taiwan. She loves Japanese food and wanted to learn how to make those various kinds of sushi.
She made an egg omelet for sushi roll and an egg sheet for temari-zushi successfully.
Also she got how to make good shape of nigiri-zushi right away.
Her plating presentation is perfect!
Although she is very busy for her work during the stay in Tokyo, she came over for learning Japanese cooking.
Thank you for choosing our Musubi Cooking Class!
A sushi platter
Salmon aburi-zushi, Inari-zushi, temari-zushi and sushi roll
spinach with roasted sesame and tofu cream sauce
Cooked Egg plant miso-dengaku, sweet miso sauce
My kids go to school with their Bento Box every day. In Japan, it is very common to bring your own box for lunch. Some mothers make such a pretty Bento Box and it is now a popular item on SNS, that is where my French guests from Luxemburg got an idea of making Bento Box in Tokyo.
We actually have a variety of Bento boxes accordingly to seasons, occasions etc. At this class, I chose a bamboo-made box of rectangular shape, nice for early summer entertainment table.
Inside of the Box are:
Onigiri(rice balls with Nori-seaweed)
Beef and Shiso(minty herb) roll with grated Daiokn radish sauce
Sweet egg roll etc….
For Bento Box, every item needs to be tiny and easy to handle. The menu required a lot of hand works but my guests did everything very neat & beautiful!
My guest couple also prepared Gyoza, Japanese style pork dumplings.
All turned out really delicious but hot sizzling Gyoza was definitely one of the best tastes for my guests.
Many thanks for coming & Merci Beaucoup!
I’ve welcomed six girls from Toronto and Cleveland for sushi making class.
Sushi Platter : Sushi roll, Inari-zushi, salmon nigiri-zushi
Spinach with sesame and cream sauce
Eggplant with sweet miso sauce
Sweets: salura-mochi cherry blossom mochi sweets
We did many preparation. The students enjoy cooking and well done!
They all concentrated making sushi roll. It was the most difficult part in the cooking time.
All girls enjoyed their own sushi platter!
Thank you for coming!
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 !