sushi roll class : Sushi is Japanese daily meal?

Today is my 4th Sushi lesson in Jul. The participants came from UK and Australia. The lady from UK is an enthusiast for learning maki-zushi, and she brought newly met her friend to the class. Both ladies are lovely and I had great time with them.

Rolling sushi seems difficult that  students in my class say before practice. However, everyone makes beautiful rolls once they get some tips.

People often asks me if  sushi roll is made for daily family meal?  It is depend on the each family but I answer sushi roll is mainly  made for occasional meal, such as celebrating birthday, festivals and ceremonies. Also sushi is convenient for outside meal since you can eat with fingers, without chopsticks. Making Maki-zushi is not a daily meal, too much tasks.

Embarrassingly, I haven’t made sushi roll before I began to teach Japanese cooking for tourists since my culinary background is French cooking….poor excuse!  However, once I get to make rolls it is easier than I expected.  I failed time to time then I got how to make visually nice rolls. I did same experience with the students in my class, so I understand what is difficult points for the first tries.

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I’ m always happy to see the students made great rolls!

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Many Thanks!

Kisshy

Sushi rolls class with foodie sisters / July 2017

It was early July but quite hot and humid on this day. I welcomed sisters from Canada who chose to prepare Sushi rolls and a few side dishes.   

Our summer is so muggy that you will understand the reasons why Japanese cooking uses lots of vinegar.  Even though I love freshly cooked plain white rice, July and August are probably not the best month to taste it, just because it is so muggy.  

Sushi rice is seasoned with rice vinegar, sugar and a little salt. It tastes good even after cooled down, so ideal as food for our summer season.

We also made a side dish for summer, thinly sliced cucumbers & chicken tender, seasoned with white sesame sauce. The toasty flavor of sesame and chilled cucumber are nice and refreshing on hot day.

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At this class, one of my guests had already taken another Sushi making class after arriving Tokyo and she surprised me with beautiful sushi rolls! She also left some interesting comments on Japanese seasonings at tasting, such as ‘taste of plum’ for red Miso, ‘fudge’ for sweet and savory white Miso sauce for eggplants. 

All these expressions are important to describe our food and I am learning a lot from my guests at each class. 

Many thanks for coming!

Akiko

 

Sushi roll and cooking fish class on Jul 5th ’17

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.

 

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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.

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Spread out vinegar rice over nori seaweed to make base of the roll. .

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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!

Best,

Kisshy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love to cook, love Dragon Ball /June 2017

I welcomed a solo traveller from Florida, USA.  He looked like a professional basketball player (and he does play at uni team) but he was also keen to cook some Japanese home dishes.

There was no other partipants on this day unfortunatelly and we need maximum 2 persons to open a group lesson, but he was so keen that he didn’t mind taking a private class on his own.

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The menu was; a lot of Gyoza, a lot of sushi rolls, eggplant with sweet miso sauce and  a bowl of miso soup of course. He really surprised me with 2 things; first his  big appetite, then his T shirt.

He was the first guest I ever had who prepared a special outfit for this occasion of Japanese cooking class. It was a bright orange T shirt with the lette of 亀(Kame, a turtle) on it.  He was a great fan of the Japanese comic book story “Dragon Ball” since he was a little boy. He told me he bought it at Don QuiJote store in Tokyo.

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Once food are all done and we were ready to eat, he changed into his Dragon Ball T shirt and smiled for my photo! Good job, mate.

Thank you for a big smile and thank you for choosing us!

Akiko

 

Vegetarian & seafood sushi class on May 8th.

I had my first vegetarian guest and her husband from UK on May 8th class, as well as another fun couple of sushi lovers from USA.  

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Japanese culinary is well known for using lots of vegetables and vegetable-oriented seasonings. Our cultural background with Buddhism has a lot to do with this. Buddhist monks do not eat any animal oriented food during their hard ascetic practices. Food provided at temples had to be vegetarian in many cases, so a variety of cooking methods with vegetables have been developed over centuries. 

One of the ‘must’ ingredients for our vegetarian cooking is dried Shiitake mushrooms, called Hoshi Shiitake in Japanese. Well, more precisely, you don’t need to be vegetarian to appreciate the taste of this dried ingredient. I often use this stock to simmer chicken etc. 

Like many other dried ingredients used for stocks, this needs to be soaked in water overnight before start cooking. 

If the room temperature is above 20, it is better to put the water and dried Shiitake in a fridge. It is said dried Shiitake extract comes out better when the water is around.10. If you are in a hurry, you may use hot water to extract dried mushroom quickly but the taste is always better when you use cold water and take some time. 

We cooked our miso soup with Shiitake and Kombu stock at this class. It was a season for sweet spring cabbage and tender new potatoes. They made perfect ingredients for fine vegetable soup stock. 

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For vegetarian sushi rolls ingredients, I picked up avocado, cucumber, Shiso leaves and some thinly sliced Takuan (salty pickled Daikon radish). 

I hope my guest enjoyed their food and cooking experience at my kitchen.

Many thanks for coming!

 Akiko

Sushi Rolling class on April 25th.

I have welcomed a beautiful lady from Singapore and her friend from Thailand on this day for Sushi Rolling experience. As is often the case with our classes, one of my guests turned out to be a very experienced and keen cook, while another had hardly ever done anything at kitchen!? so I was told.

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But they both did a great job and we successfully prepared Sushi rolls, Miso soup and 2 side dishes of spinach and eggplants.

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I prepared too much rice on this day so we ended up with a lot of rolls.

My guests said they were happy to get to see the smoked bonito before it was grated into thin flakes and packed. This is an ingredient indispensable for Japanese cooking, as it produces a good Dashi soup stock.  

A piece of smoked bonito looks like a wooden stick or branch.  Not a few of my guests think it is a Japanese traditional utensil for cooking, made with wood. So I let them feel it and smell it, then taste some freshly grated bonito flakes.  

My guest told me that it has an aroma like whisky and I was very impressed. Bonito fish does get smoked after steamed, so it has a nice smoky flavor and maybe that is something in common with whisky aged in smoked barrels. 

Many thanks for coming!

Akiko

Simple, fun and easy side dish with cucumbers on April18th.Class

On this class of Sushi Rolls, I picked up one of the easiest and fun side dish recipes. That is what we call Crushed Cucumber salad.IMG_5685

 As the name tells, the recipe is quite simple. You salt your cucumbers, crush them with a wooden pestle ( which we use for pounding tossed sesame etc.). The tip is DO NOT use a knife when you cut cucumbers.

Why? Because when you cut them with a sharp knife, the cut end will be very smooth. But if you crush them or break them with a good pressure, the cut end will be rugged and uneven, so the seasonings are likely to stay on surface and taste better.

I use fragrant sesame oil and salt for seasonings.  Maybe add a little bit of leek, finely sliced or chopped fresh coriander if you like. Toss them all and keep in a fridge for some time and that is the end of the recipe.

When you are looking for some cooking experience for small children but you are not sure to let them use knives, this recipe is ideal. But I have noticed big boys also love the cruching process of this recipe!

So simple that I feel sorry to call this a ‘dish’  but it is my family’s favorite menu specially in summer time after a hot and humid day. You will find this menu at many Izakaya (Japanese style bars) yet never at a classy restaurants.

The only concern is that cucumbers in Japan are quite thin, while some kind of cucumbers overseas are much bigger and thicker.  On April 18th. I welcomed guests form Australia, Swiss and USA.  I am wondering if my guests were able to crush their local cucumbers after getting back home and tried this recipe.

 Many thanks for coming!

Akiko

 

Roll Sushi Class on March 9th.

One of the best seafood dishes on earth is Sushi, at least, for me. It takes so many years of training to become a decent sushi master but thankfully there are alternative ways to enjoy sushi at family dinner or gathering with friends, that is, Roll Sushi.

Roll sushi is like sandwich.  You can roll anything except sand & witch!?  Well maybe.  But if you are visiting Japan, I think you should definitely try rolling our beautiful fatty tuna and salmon.

All you need to cook is some short grain rice.  Usually you put as much rice as water when you start boiling rice. But for sushi rice, water should be a little less than rice, as you are going to add some vinegar, salt and sugar later when it is cooked. 

For some stuff to roll, sashimi quality tuna(Maguro) or salmon, greens such as cucumbers, shiso leaves, spring onion or avocado. Avocado was never used in traditional Japanese sushi cooking before but it is changing. I honestly  respect the person who discovered the combination of raw tuna and avocado. It is just so delicious in roll sushi!

You  need a little bamboo mat to shape your roll sushi into a nice log figure. It may seem a little complicated process but once you start rolling, rice naturally sticks to each other and a sheet of black seaweed will cover up everything beautifully. 

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Here is my class of sushi rolls on March 9th . I welcomed 4 guests from USA. Some of them are already visiting Japan many times and some are 1st timers but ALL sushi rolled up perfectly. It was literally a hands-on experience (lots of rice on your fingers!) and tasted good, too, as you can see on their big smiles!

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Many thanks for coming!

Akiko

 

 

Cooking class schedule Feb- April

If schedule is not opened below, please ask us whether we can open the class for you. The schedule would be updated  two months in advance.

  • 21-Feb-2017 Tue ,10:30-13:30 Meeting at Shibuya station Main dish Instructor:Yuki Price: 6000 yen,
  • 22-Feb-2017 Wed 10:00-1300 Meeting at Yotsuya Main dish: To be discussed, Instructor:Kisshy Price: 6000 yen,
  • 23-Feb-2017 Thu ,10:30-13:30, Meeting at Shibuya Main dish: Vegetarian Instructor:Yuki Price: 6000 yen,
  • 24-Feb-2017 Fri ,10:00-13:00, Meeting at Yotsuya Main dish: To be discussed, Instructor:Kisshy Price: 6000 yen,
  • 27-Feb-2017 Mon ,10:30-13:30 Meeting at Hanzomon St. Main dish: Swordfish Nanbanzuke( deep-fried and marinated in rice vinegar and soy sauce with vegetables)/ Dashi stock making Instructor: Akiko Price: 6000 yen,
  • 28-Feb-2017 Tue ,10:30-13:30, Meeting at Shibuya Main dish: To be discussed, Instructor:Yuki Price: 6000 yen,

 

  • 1-Mar-2017 Wed ,10:00-13:00 Meeting at Yotsuya Main dish: To be discussed, Instructor:Kisshy Price: 6000 yen,
  • 2-Mar-2017 Thu ,10:30-13:30 Meeting at Hanzomon st. Main dish: To be discussed, Dashi stock making Instructor: Akiko Price: 6000 yen,
  • 3-Mar-2017 Fri ,10:00-13:00 Meeting at Yotsuya Main dish: To be discussed, Instructor:Kisshy Price: 6000 yen,
  • 6-Mar-2017 Mon ,10:30-13:30 Meeting at Hanzomon st. Main dish: To be discussed,/ Dashi stock making Instructor: Akiko Price: 6000 yen,
  • 7-Mar-2017 Tue ,10:30-13:30 Meeting at Main dish: ramen Instructor:Akiko Price: 6000 yen,
  • 8-Mar-2017 Wed ,10:30-13:30 Meeting at Hanzomon st. Main dish: Swordfish Nanban-zuke (deep-fried & marinaed in rice vinegar, soy sauce and vegetables) / Dashi stock making Instructor:Akiko Price: 6000 yen,
  • 9-Mar-2017 Thu ,10:30-13:30 Meeting at Hanzomon st. Main dish: To be discussed,/ Dashi stock making Instructor: Akiko Price: 6000 yen,
  • 10-Mar-2017 Fri ,10:00-13:00 Meeting at Main dish: To be discussed, Instructor: Yuki san & Kisshy san Price: 6000 yen,
  • 10-Mar-2017 10:30-13:30 Meeting at Hanzomon st. Main dish: seafood (nanbanzuke) & Dashi soup stock making, sushi rolls Instructor: Akiko Price:6000
  • 13-Mar-2017 Mon ,10:30-13:30 Meeting at Hanzomon st. Main dish: To be discussed,/ Dashi stock making Instructor: Akiko Price: 6000 yen,
  • 14-Mar-2017 Wed ,10:30-13:30 Meeting at Shibuya station Main dish: Fish Nanbanzuke(Fish marinated in sour sauce) Instructor:Yuki Price: 6000 yen,
  • 15-Mar-2017 Wed ,10:30-13:30 Meeting at Shibuya station Main dish: Instructor:Yuki Price: 6000 yen,
  • 16-Mar-2017 Thu ,10:30-13:30 Meeting at Hanzomon st. Main dish: To be discussed,/ Dashi stock making Instructor: Akiko Price: 6000 yen,
  • 17-Mar-2017 Fri ,10:00-13:00 Meeting at yotsuya Main dish: sabano miso ni Instructor: kisshy Price: 6000 yen,
  • 20-Mar-2017 Mon ,10:30-13:30 Meeting at Hanzomon st. Main dish: To be discussed,/ Dashi stock making Instructor:Akiko Price: 6000 yen,
  • 21-Mar-2017 Tue ,10:30-13:30 Meeting at Shibuya station Main dish: Instructor:Yuki Price: 6000 yen,
  • 22-Mar-2017 Wed ,10:00-13:00 Meeting at Yotsuya Main dish: To be discussed, Instructor: Kisshy Price: 6000 yen,
  • 27-Mar-2017 Mon ,10:30-13:30 Meeting at Yostuya Main dish: To be discussed, Instructor: Kisshy Price: 6000 yen,
  • 29-Mar-2017 Wed 10:00-13:00 Meeting at Yotsuya Main dish: To be discussed, Instructor: Kisshy Price: 6000 yen,

 

  • 3-Apr-2017 Mon ,10:30-13:30 Meeting at Hanzomon Main dish: To be discussed, Instructor:Akiko Price: 6000 yen,
  • 4-Apr-2017 Tue ,10:30-13:30 Meeting at Shibuya station Main dish: To be discussed, Instructor:Yuki Price: 6000 yen,
  • 6-Apr-2017 Thu ,10:30-13:30 Meeting at Shibuya station Main dish: To be discussed, Instructor:Yuki Price: 6000 yen,
  • 7-Apr-2017 Fri ,10:30-13:30 Meeting at Hanzomon station Main dish: ramen (seafood and shellfish NG, fish is OK) Instructor:Akiko Price: 5000 yen,
  • 10-Apr-2017 Mon ,10:30-13:30 Meeting at Hanzomon Main dish: To be discussed, Instructor:Akiko Price: 6000 yen,
  • 11-Apr-2017 Tue ,10:30-13:30 Meeting at Shibuya station Main dish: To be discussed, Instructor:Yuki Price: 6000 yen,
  • 12-Apr-2017 Wed ,10:30-13:30 Meeting at Yotsuya Main dish: To be discussed, Instructor: Kisshy Price: 6000 yen,
  • 13-Apr-2017 Thu ,10:30-13:30 Meeting at Shibuya station Main dish: Saikyo yaki(fish cooked with saikyo miso) Instructor:Yuki Price: 6000 yen,
  • 14-Apr-2017 Fri ,10:30-13:30 Meeting at Main dish: To be discussed, Instructor:Kisshy Price: 6000 yen,
  • 17-Apr-2017 Mon ,10:30-13:30 Meeting at Hanzomon Main dish: To be discussed, Instructor:Akiko Price: 6000 yen,
  • 18-Apr-2017 Tue ,10:30-13:30 Meeting at Shibuya station Main dish: To be discussed, Instructor:Yuki Price: 6000 yen,
  • 19-Apr-2017 Wed ,10:30-13:30 Meeting at Yotsuya Main dish: To be discussed, Instructor: Kisshy Price: 6000 yen,
  • 20-Apr-2017 Thu ,10:30-13:30 Meeting at Shibuya station Main dish: To be discussed, Instructor:Yuki Price: 6000 yen,
  • 21-Apr-2017 Fri ,10:30-13:30 Meeting at Main dish: To be discussed, Instructor: Kisshy Price: 6000 yen,
  • 24-Apr-2017 Mon ,10:30-13:30 Meeting at Hanzomon Main dish: To be discussed, Instructor:Akiko Price: 6000 yen,
  • 25-Apr-2017 Tue ,10:30-13:30 Meeting at Shibuya station Main dish: To be discussed, Instructor:Yuki Price: 6000 yen,
  • 26-Apr-2017 Wed ,10:30-13:30 Meeting at Main dish: To be discussed, Instructor: Kisshy Price: 6000 yen,
  • 27-Apr-2017 Thu ,10:30-13:30 Meeting at Shibuya station Main dish: To be discussed, Instructor:Yuki Price: 6000 yen,
  • 28-Apr-2017 Fri ,10:30-13:30 Meeting at Main dish: To be discussed, Instructor  Kisshy Price: 6000 yen,

Jan 24th Japanese home cooking class

IMG_5158It was a chilly winter day in Tokyo but I had a lovely day with a beautiful young couple from Perth WA, Australia. They have already experienced quite a variety of Japanese cuisine. I was amazed to hear they even have a rice cooker at home and sometimes make their own sushi rolls!

At my class we made typical Japanese family cooking, kinds of dishes we enjoy eating normally. Lots of vegetables and mushrooms.
The menu was: Nanbanzuke of swordfish (deep-fried and marinated in Japanese vinegar and soy sauce with fresh vegetables), spinach with sesame sauce, eggplant with sweet miso sauce, and of course Dashi stock for soup.
Both did a great job, cutting vegetables perfectly thin and sesame grinded into a nice smooth texture. It was a delicious lunch and I hope the couple enjoyed the cooking experience and lunch as much as I did.
Thank you for coming !
Akiko