This was a private class with 2 x main dishes for a family from Indonesia. My guests’ choices were chicken Triyaki and pork Gyoza, plus a few side dishes including Edamame green beans.
The family had two boys, 7 and 5 years old. The eldest boy was the most passionate cook that day and he was so eager to learn everything including how to finish up a nice shiny Teriyaki sauce! It was so much fun to cook with this little chef.
His Mum and Gramma were kindly answering all my quesitons about Indonesian cuisine, including some recipe for rich and nutty Satay sauce. So we had a kind of chicken-dish sauce recipe exchange ! Satay is one of my children’s favorite menu so I didn’t want to miss this rare opportunity.
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.
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…