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!
The café is located right next to Tsukiji Honganji Temple, good place for escaping from busy fish market and Ginza in Tokyo.
Whole glass window gets you full view of spacious garden to the beautiful Buddhist architecture.
Typically, the space is filled with moms who just sent their children to school and have spare time for once for a while breakfast with chatting, like I did.
The most fascinating menu is Japanese style morning plate. There are 18 kinds of tiny dishes come with warm congee and miso soup in a tray, this is the traditional Japanese breakfast style which is similar to the meal served in ryokan accommodation. This is one of Japanese food culture to be served big breakfast in restaurants and Japanese accommodations. Some people in my cooking class ask that does Japanese people eat such a big breakfast daily, but I would say our breakfast is vey simple at home, but when we go out, we enjoy big breakfast.
In Typical life style of house hold in Japan, we spend busy time in the weekdays morning. The moms prepare breakfast and lunch box, we call bento box for the family in the morning after wake up, we spend super busy time until family leave home.
I believe the place is also desirable for tourists, because you can try many different Japanese healthy homey taste with nice and calm atmosphere.
The menu is not only for the breakfast. See the sweets varieties! The café opens from 8 am to 9 pm. There are lunch menus and other meal options as well.
I have welcomed two men from UK for sake tasting class in Tokyo.
It was their first time to taste sake and I was very exciting to introduce to their first sake.
I have met many Japan visitors from the world in my cooking class who haven't tasted Japanese sake during their stay. I would highly recommend to taste sake for those people to know how sake is wonderful local drink which is great to drink with food and also drink itself.
As you may enjoy drinking and experiencing French wine with French food in France, Drinking sake in Japan with Japanese food is great way to more understand about Japanese food culture and enjoy Japanese food.
The class is not only learning sake products and those tastes, but also how the food influence on sake taste in your mouth also vice versa.
Today's participants gave their expressions about the taste of sake very well, and expressed how does the sake taste and texture influenced on the taste of food.
This session is kind of experiment. I give some clue to match 4 different kinds and taste of sake and 5 kinds of food samples, but the participants can try any combination what they want to. There is no correct answer. We enjoy to exchange of opinions of the taste and deepen the understanding of sake.
I'm always glad to hear the participants enjoyed the pairings and eventually like Japanese sake and willing to try sake during the stay.
Hope you enjoy sake in rest of your stay in Tokyo and Japan!
Thank you for coming Japanese sake tasting and food pairing class in Tokyo!
Since I've been giving cooking class for 2 and half year, this is the first time to welcomed people from Slovenia. I was so curious the food culture in Slovenia.
Slovenia is mall country next to Italy, and there are abundant vegetables and seafood in the area. Even though there are many kinds of fresh seafood, they don't eat them uncooked, always prepared and served the dishes. So they enjoy Japanese food very much while they stayed in Japan.
These are food samples to taste with Japanese sake. The food are common Japanese food, such as tuna sushi rolls and miso, and you can buy them in most of the grocery stores. I realized people in my sake class love those simple tastes especially fresh tofu with some condiments. I'm always so glad to hear the guests find something new taste in my class.
Some foods are the first taste for the ladies today and eventually loved them. I'm happy to share my favorite food with them!
Summer holidays was over. My sons went back to school. Now it's time to get prepare bento box in early morning.
Scramble egg and tuna flakes over rice.
Shrimp and spinach gratin
Cooked pumpkin with sweet soy sauce
Cooked broccoli.... is a must!
Tonkatsu, fried pork
Cooked broccoli... yes, must have!
Takikomi-rice, rice cooked with salmon and root vegetables
Tamago-yaki, egg omelet
Sautéed Japanese green pepper with curry spice
Pan fried sardine
Broccoli is taking a rest (^_-)-☆
sautéed hicken and cashew Chinese style
Cooked broccoli .... welcome back!
Thank you for coming sake tasting class at Kitasando cooking studio in Tokyo.
They had traveled through Japan for weeks then came back to Tokyo. The day they came was the last day of their stay in Tokyo, Japan. I appreciate you booked such a precious last day of their travel!
I'd love to share Japanese food culture before leave.
They are very polite and listened my lecture carefully. There are 4 types of sake and can be tasted with instruction.
The picture is the time we did the tasting of each types of sake.
After the process of tasting each sake, we enjoy talking about food culture differences.
Now I knew the most common alcohol among young people is fruits cider. Sound yummy!
Hope you fine something new to Japanese Sake, and enjoy more sake in Sweden!
Thank you for coming!
It This summer is hotter than usual in the end of August. The temperature in Tokyo is around 32 ℃ and 50 percent of humidity in these days and it's been uncomfortable days.
We, Japanese are looking forward to see horse macerals on grocery markets. This is the sign of the beginning of Autumn and feel like no more hot days.
The mackerel has good flavor, nutritious with good fat, easy to prepare and inexpensive price so this fish is very popular from the end of August to around in November.
Most of the Japanese kitchen furnishes the grill under the stove top since we grill whole fish often. I also cook chicken, egg plant and even pizza in this grill. It works very well.
About 10 min late the fish has done with golden brown colored. The heat from upper and the bottom in the grill cook the fish completely.
Grilled horse mackerel served with grated daikon radish for refresh flavor. the fish goes with cooked white rice.
pumpkin with soy milk soup
Steamed cabbage and shrimp
Wagyu beef steak with grated radish
Grated yam and wakame with vinegar dressing