It was a request from a daughter who is now working in Germany to cook vegetarian Ramen & Gyoza, with her loving parents visiting from Australia. My pleasure to host a family reunion in Tokyo!
For Mum and Dad, we cooked some simmered chicken for Ramen and included pork in Gyoza filling.
For vegetarian Ramen, the topping was fried Tofu, cilantro, diced tomato, stir-fried eggplant & mushrooms etc. Of course soy sauce and Mirin flavored egg, too.
There was a lot of preparations to do but my guest family made it and our lunch tasted wonderful!
Before coming to my place, they were travelling the route of a Japanese poet, Matsuo Basho’s tour up north to Matsushima and it was very interesting to hear about their experiences, including a beautiful Haiku poem father created during his stay in Matsushima!
Many thanks for coming!
We had welcomed 19 staff members of Nike company for their team building program. The staffs came from the branches in all over the world and spend several days together in Tokyo. Every one are very close and so cheerful!
We offered making sushi, miso soup and Japanese side dishes. People were divided in 5 groups and each tables competed how well done for cooking and presentation.
After the meal time we had sake tasting and a quiz. They had so much fun at the time.
Thank you for coming our cooking class!
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
The main dish was Sushi Rolls with salmon, avocado, Shiso leaves, Takuan(pickled Daikon radish) etc. We also cooked some prawns, heads for Miso soup and the flesh for ball-shaped Temari Sushi.
On this day, I welcomed two big Swiss guys who arrived at Tokyo just 2 days ago. For their body clock, it must be like cooking after midnight, but they were very happy and active, with lots of questions and fun talks!
We also prepared Japanese style fried chicken, Karaage. Batter is not very thick and outside is crispy, inside of the chicken thighs so tender and juicy with good flavor of garlic, ginger and soy sauce.
Of course, I asked my guests to shred our most important staple food, Katsuo bushi (smoked bonito fish), which we used in our Dashi soup stock for Miso soup. We Japanese are almost addicted to this Umami taste & aroma. My Swiss guests found our home-made Miso soup very tasty, too. He even took a very nice photo and send it to me.
Our cooking classes are always REALLY hands on so I am afraid my jet lagged guests might go straight into bed afterwards… but I hope they enjoyed their first home cooking experience at Tokyo apartment.
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!
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 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!
Our all three locations are at midtown Tokyo, just 5-20 minutes from most of touristic areas in Tokyo.
Meeting places can be either
1. Yotsuya station: Yotsuya Station, 1 Chome Yotsuya, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
2. Hanzomon Station: Hanzomon Sta., 1 Chome Kojimachi, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan
3. Yoyogi-Uehara Station: Yoyogi-Uehara Station, 3 Chome-8 Nishihara, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan