I have welcomed beautiful family from Indiana, US.
The cooking day was their last day of 10 days trip in Japan.
Today’s cooking menus
Sushi platter ; Maki-zushi, salmon nigiri-zushi
cucumber with sesame dressing
Since all of the family member worked great, we cook all the dishes in time. great job!
Thank you all for sharing the special day in my cooking class.
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 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!
I have welcomed a family from Philippine for cooking class. Their request was Chicken Karaage and ramen. The kids LOVE chicken karaage, which is Japanese fried chicken, and they want to learn how to cook to cook at home.
I strongly recommend to cook chicken fry at home. You can use fresh vegetable oil for frying which is healthier than dinning out.
I was so impressed that the boys have great cooking skill. They often cook at home and I heard the older brother baked cup cake for mom’s day by himself, wow!
They have wonderful knife skills!
I’m sooooo glad to hear they loved the Karaage which was made by themselves. I’m so proud of you guys!
Hope you cook Karaage at your kitchen.
Thank you for coming our cooking class!
The menu was;
Seafood Ramen with shrimp, clam & Japanese Dashi soup stock
Seafood Gyoza with shrimp & vegetables
spinach with sesame sauce
No chicken, pork but lots of seafood! My guest couple from Ohio, USA, really surprised me that they are enjoying various fish including Bonito & Hamachi (young yellow tail tuna) as Sashimi back home, thanks to a local seafood market with a good selection of seafood.
But it was their first time to handle the Katsuo bushi, Smoked Bonito in a whole piece. Here they are shredding a piece of dry Bonito at my place. It looks like a wooden kitchen utensil but it is a half body of Bonito, who could have weighed more than 2kg when he was in the ocean.
My guest couple also tried another very Japanese ingredient called Niboshi/ dried sardins. For soup stock, I rip off the head and soaked them in water, then simmer. But we also enjoy eating them as it is, a very good snack for your bones if you care. My guests crunched a piece of Niboshi and actually liked them OK, which pleased me a lot of course!
It was a gloomy rainy day but just perfect for a cookig class event, inside home and lots of good smells!
I hope my guest liked their experience at my kitchen.
Many thanks for coming!
My guest for this class was a group of Galician and French couples. It was their annual reunion trip and I was honored to be part of their vacation in Tokyo.
Our lunch menu:
Pork Ramen with Miso meat sauce, stir fried vegetables, soy sauce flavored egg, pork slice as toppings
Pork and vegetable Gyoza
Crushed cucmber salad
Lots of questions and lots of fun talks! My male guests were very keen to use Japanese vegetable knives and I love the way they paused for a photo, Spanish Samurai at my kitchen!?
Ramen soup has 3 components, pork bone soup stock, Japanese Dashi stock with smoked bonito, dried sardine and sun-dried Shiitake mushroom, and simmered pork sauce of soysauce & Mirin. We also prepare a variety of topping so it tales a lot of work and preparation to make this simple bowl of hot noodles.
At the class we also made Japanese style pork dumplings, Gyoza. The recipe is originally from China like Ramen, but it is now a very common food for all Japanese families to cook & eat at home. We mainly grill the dumplings, then put the lid and steam to finish up our Gyoza.
I hope my guests enjoyed their time at my kitchen,
Many thanks for coming!
I was so glad to hear from a couple from Sydney, just took my Ramen class weeks ago.
They are real foodie and Japanese food lovers. I had great time with them cooking together and I learned a lot from them too.
Surprisingly, I got email from them this week and they already cooked Ramen using a recipe what we cooked at the class. A bowl of ramen looks just like the ramen in my class!
The cha-shiu, braised pork, seems soft and juicy and the runny egg is perfect. They said the runny egg yolk was littile challenging, but I can’t find any problem??
I’m so glad to know you enjoy the ramen at home.
Thank you very much for sharing such a wonderful experience!
Here was Ramen and Gyoza(pork dumplings) class! The guests are very nice family from Canada.
It is fun to make Gyoza with family or friends ! You can make a lots and can keep in the freezer too.
This family’s tradition is Boys always cook at home !!!! How nice it is !
we had fun time together!