I have welcomed a lady and her niece, and a lady from Switzerland.
Today’s request was ramen and Katsudon.
Katudon is a rice bowl with fried pork cooked in egg
One of the woman is an athlete so she needs and loves carbs.
We had a great time to cook together.
I have welcomed 2 ladies, they are Tokyo expats. One lady have just arrive from US and her friend have been in Tokyo more than one year.
They wanted to learn how to cook Japanese ingredients, especially vegetables.
Their request was vegetable tempura. so we cook mainly vegetables in the class.
Summer vegetables with white miso sauce
Cucumber with creamy sesame sauce
Fresh corn cooked with rice
I have welcomed two young people from Toronto. They had just graduated university.
Since both of them are a good cook, I would like to introduced Japanese great taste of summer ingredients for lunch.
Mackerel nanban marinade
Cucumber with creamy sesame sauce
summer vegetables with miso sauce
Thank you for coming and sharing your life in Toronto!
The menu for this class was;
Gyoza dumplings with pork and vegetables, Chicken karrage(Japanese style fried chicken), spinach with Tofu sauce, Miso soup and black rice.
My guests were from Montreal, Canada and they booked the class several months ahead of time! They informed me one of the gentlemen does not eat dairy products so I picked up a creamy white sauce made with Tofu as one of our side dishes.
I hope my guests enjoyed their time at my kitchen!
many thanks for coming!
The main dish was Sushi rolls with fresh Maguro(tuna) and salmon, as well as avocado, Shiso herbs, cucumber, pickled Daikon radish, sesame seeds etc. My guests were also big fans of Tempura so we decided to cook a small portion with prawns, eggplants and Maitake, my favorite mushroom.
For ingredients of our Miso soup, I chose another kind of Japanese mushroom Enoki (very thin and white ones) and fried Tofu called Abura-Age or Oage, which has a spongy texture and great to be in soup. Not to forget the finishing touch, a few finely chopped scallions as we like to put something green on top of our Miso soup.
My guest couple was from Washington D.C. USA, so they told me they are used to humidity. Still it was such a hot and humid day in Tokyo, unusual for late June. Sushi was a very good choice as it uses a lot of rice vinegar. I think it helps to understand the way of our cuisine if you actually visit Japan and taste things in our climate.
Both of them have very interesting professions. It was so nice to know that they manage to make a vacation to Tokyo out of their busy schedules and chose our cooking class out of so many great places out here!
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!
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!
Today’s menu was
: Chicken Teriyaki
: Spinach sesame salad
: Eggplant and Green peppers sauté with sweet miso sauce
:Rice and Miso-soup (Tofu and Seaweed)
The guests are fun couple from Switzerland!
They learnt hot to make Chicken Teriyaki TENTER and SOFT !!!So yummy !
It is always fun to talk about the different culture and we laughed a lots about each “fun” culture different.
Thank you for taking the class !
The menu for the class was;
Swordfish & Salmon Nanbanzuke sauce (fried and marinade with soysauce, vinegar & fresh vegetables)
Eggplamt with sweet Miso sauce
Spinach with sesame sauce
Miso soup with clams & rice
I tend to spend a lot of time explaining about basic ingredients we use for Japanese cooking, such as Katsuo Bushi (Smoked Bonito fish), Konbu, Mirin etc. Sometimes the tastes of them are too different for first timers to my country but my two beautiful guests on this day were doing very good.
With Katsuo and Konbu, we made soup stock and used it for Miso soup, as well as spinach sauce and swordfish marinade. They all worked out nicely & my guest completed our delicious and authentic lunch!
Later I learnd that one of my guests was a professional model, another was a title-holder of marathon ( in business suit!?!? )
Japanese food are rich in nutrition, low in calories so isn’t our food just perfct for them?
I hope they will enjoy cooking our food again in US.
Many thanks 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 !