Japanese food culture, Food event in Tokyo, Japanese unique ingredients and classes
I've welcomed travelers from Philippine, they are parent and her son who love Japan and Japanese food. They have visited not only Tokyo, but also many cities through Japan from Hokkaido to Kyushu in south island.
They've already tasted major Japanese food, such as sushi, ramen and gyoza, and now it is first time to participate in Sushi making class in Tokyo. The son booked my cooking class with Airbnb, and he takes such good care of his mother. They enjoyed cooking sushi and miso soup from the scratch.
Commonly people in my cooking class say it is first time to make sushi roll and might make shapeless sushi roll. However, everyone makes beautiful sushi roll eventually and enjoyed arranging stylish presentation on their plate.
Both the mother and the son enjoyed cooking and tasting sushi, miso soup and Japanese sweets very much. I believe this is precious cooking experience to learn home style cooking because you can't taste in Japanese restaurant. The menu I provide is all common home meal menus. However, I don't cook sushi so often, only for family event and seasonal celebration. So the taste and the shape are not perfect, but no food additives make the food very wormy taste. I'd share those taste with visitors from the world.
I'm so glad today's guest enjoy cooking procedures and the taste.
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I've been giving cooking classes at home in Tokyo from 2016, and just launched cooking class in Karuizawa, Nagano pref. in autumn in 2018.
There is a Japanese house in Karuizawa town, where is a popular summer resort in Nagano prefecture. The place is easy to access, one hour bullet train ride from Tokyo station.
The town is popular summer resort because the temperature is almost 10 ℃ cooler than Tokyo. Many people visit the town from Tokyo and neighboring prefectures especially from July to August to evacuate from heat cities.
Also, people visit karuizawa town for skiing. The town is well known as high probability of having clear sky during winter time, so great place to enjoy winter sports.
A day in autumn, I have welcomed a guest from Denver in U.S. He has been spending busy days in Tokyo as his business trip, and wanted to take a relaxed day off not in busy Tokyo, in rural area. Also he likes Japanese food and interested in cooking.
We cooked Wagyu beef steak with soy sauce based seasonings as the main dish, also cooked some dishes with local ingredients.
He said he spent wonderful experience in the house.
Thank you very much for visiting the country house.
The house is surrounded by trees. There is moss garden during spring to early autumn, withered leaves in late autumn to cover to moisture the garden, then covered with snow in winter.
You can view the beautiful garden from the kitchen.
Thank you for coming our traditional cooking class from London, UK!
The couple love cooking and eat Japanese food, but rarely cook Japanese food so they said it is a good opportunity to learn cooking in Tokyo. Yes, you come right place to learn food culture and cooking!
The class offers all hands on experience, so the attendee learn the techniques of cooking and also learn how to use the special cooking tools.
After learning how to use the seasonings, the attendee mix the seasonings by themselves to make sauce, mixed seasonings, for each dishes.
Today's menus are
Wagyu beef steak with soy sauce based wasabi sauce
Eggplant with sweet miso sauce
Tofu and persimmon with sesame cream sauce
Sweet potato rice
Wagyu beef steak was the requested main dish, and we picked up some other seasonal side dishes, mostly using vegetables.
Today's seasonal ingredients are persimmon, eggplant, sweet potatoes. Those are great taste in autumn to winter.
Hope you bring the techniques back to your country and cook those food for your lovely family.
Every one enjoy making a sushi platter.!
We have welcomed a family originally from San Francisco. They have been traversing the world and currently staying in Tokyo and will travel through Japan. The family wanted to learn Japanese food culture and cooking technics in my class.
First, the sushi class starts with making sushi rice. There are several technics and tools to make nice vinegar flavored, and moderate moisture sushi rice.
Then cook Japanese style omelet. The participants use special rectangle egg omelet pan in our kitchen, some people call ' tamago pan', to make rectangle shaped omelet. See the boy made egg omelet successfully! The egg omelet will be cu in strip and will be one of the ingredients of sushi roll.
You may find many cooking tips in the class. Many people have no confidence to make sushi rolls at the beginning of the class, but there haven't have any failure so far.
Eventually the family made a sushi patter, sushi roll, inari-zushi and salmon aburi-zushi at the class and enjoyed their lunch with delicious sushi.
Enjoy Japanese cooking!