Washocook TokyoHigashimurayama

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Colorful Oshi Sushi cooking near Anime character's forest

  • Decorated sushi (Oshi sushi-Pressed sushi)
  • Dashi maki tamago (Rolled Japanese-style omelet)
  • Tori tsukune (Japanese chicken meatballs)
  • We have also vegetarian and vegan menu
  • Authentic green tea (Matcha) with Japanese sweets (after cooking)
In this class, you are going to make a colorful plate lunch with easy decorated sushi (Oshi sushi-Pressd sushi), Dashi maki tamago (rolled Japanese-style omelet), and Tori tsukune (Japanese chicken meatballs). It is easy and perfect recipe for a casual home party. I have also vegetarian and vegan menu. Then you can relax with authentic green tea (Matcha) with Japanese sweets after having this menu together. I will perform a simple Japanese tea ceremony.
I live in suburban Tokyo area, where the Ghibli Anime "My Neighbor Totoro" was set. After this cooking experience, If you prefer, you can walk in the Hachikokuyama forest park, so-called Totoro related forest.(approximately 30 min)

Japanese fried chicken (KARA-AGE) & Rice ball (ONIGIRI)

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  1. KARA-AGE (Japanese fried chicken)
  2. Onigiri (Tuna mixed with mayonnaise rice ball)
  3. Miso soup (potato and onion)
The Japanese version of fried chicken is known as “KARA-AGE”. It is popular as a lunch box (bento box) menu, as well as an izakaya (tavern) menu. Chicken meat is marinated with typical Japanese seasonings, and then deep-fried. Onigiri (rice ball) is typical bento box item. You can purchase them at convenient stores in Japan, but hand-shaped freshly homemade onigiri is always nice and delicious. You can make a triangular shaped onigiri easily! And you can also learn how to make Japanese basic Dashi stock. What is Dashi stock?  It is savory broth made from Japanese foods, such as dried kombu kelp, and dried bonito. They are all rich in “umami” flavor. In this class we use Dashi stock to make miso soup. Miso soup is one of the national foods in Japan. Highlights:
  1. We cook KARA-AGE (Japanese-style soy sauce flavored fried chicken). The following cooking method provides you with crispy surface and juicy inside fried chicken.
  2. When making rice ball, we grasp cooked rice in our own bare hands to make it triangular shape. We will do this together, because grasping rice ball needs some knack.
  3.  Dashi stock is essential to washoku cooking. Your dishes will become wonderfully delicious and if you keep the stock ready, it’s very convenient for cooking.
  4. Following the detailed demonstration by your friendly online instructor, you can create Japanese popular cuisine.
☆Please feel free to contact me, press the REQUEST or CONTACT button when you have any questions or requests such as schedule. ☆After booking, I will send you a recipe, so take a look at it for the utensils and detailed ingredients  you need.     Inclusions:
About 1-hour 30min. online Japanese popular menu cooking class
Recipes (will be provided before the class)
Exclusions:
Ingredients and kitchen utensils for creating your own dishes.
Meeting Point and Meeting Time:
This cooking class will be held online. I will send you the ZOOM for our class in advance.
Please prepare the following ingredients for this class:(1 person):  200g Boneless chicken thigh (or boneless chicken breast), ginger, garlic, cooking sake, soy sauce, flour, katakuriko (Japanese potato starch) or cornstarch, vegetable oil for deep-frying, vegetable for side dish (your favorite vegetable), 1 cup cooked rice (short grain rice), canned tuna, 1 sheet toasted nori (Japanese dried seaweed), onion, mayonnaise, 8cm dried kombu (kelp), 10g katsuobushi (dried-bonito flakes),  potato, 1 tbs. miso. (If not available, I recommend other ingredients. Please contact me for advice.)

Musashino pork soup Udon

Japanese udon is wheat pasta made in thick strips. It is white in color. Musashino area of ​​Tokyo has long been famous for various soba and udon noodles. Among them, Musashino pork soup udon is a menu unique to this area. People usually eat udon in pork broth. In this class, we knead the flour and make udon noodle. At this time, you step on the dough with your feet and knead it. This method has been handed down from ancient time in Japan. The pork broth is made from dashi stock. You are welcome to participate with your children. <highlight>
  1. Make udon from flour. Step on the dough with your feet and knead it. You may hesitate to step on food with your feet, but since it is put in a plastic bag, there is no hygienical problem. This is a very exciting experience.
  2. Learn how to make dashi stock, which is indispensable for Japanese food. Use the dashi stock to make pork broth.
  3. You can enjoy this cooking class with alone, your family, friends or partner. You cannot experience it anywhere else
☆Please feel free to contact me, press the REQUEST or CONTACT button when you have any questions or requests such as schedule. ☆After booking, I will send you a recipe, so take a look at it for the utensils and detailed ingredients  you need. Inclusions: About 1-hour 30min. online Japanese popular menu cooking class Recipes (will be provided before the class) Exclusions: Ingredients and kitchen utensils for creating your own dishes. Meeting Point and Meeting Time: This cooking class will be held online. I will send you the ZOOM for our class in advance. Please prepare the following ingredients for this class: <Ingredients> (serves 2) 200g Udon flour (medium-strength flour = all-purpose flour) If not available, 100g weak flour (plain flour) and 100g strong flour (bread flour),  10g salt, 120ml water, about 30g of cornstarch (or medium-strength flour ) for dusting the dough, 5cm konbu (kelp), 10g katsuobushi flakes (bonito flakes) if you don't have kelp and dried bonito, use 2g of dashi powder, 2tbs soy sauce, 2tbs mirin (or 1 tbs sugar if not available), 200g thin slice of pork belly, 1/2 green onion (or 1/2 onion if not available) ☆Please contact me if you need any advice. <Kitchen tool> 1 large ball, 1 small ball, fine sieve, 1 plastic bag, 2 extra large plastic bag, kneading board (or a large cutting board if not available), cutting board, kitchen knife, 1 large deep pot, 1 pot, strainer, 1Tbsp, chopsticks, 1rolling pin, 1tray or 1plate  

Izumi Katsuragi

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Hi! Welcome to my online cooking experience! I’m Izumi. Once I lived in Virginia, USA for two years when my kids were small. The elementary school where my son went had so many international students from over 70 countries, and I cooked Japanese foods in the school festival. The memories I had there through exchanging cultures and cooking were amazing!  Now I live in suburban Tokyo area. I have a qualification for the Japan association of cooking for foreigners, and teach them Japanese cuisine. I maintain my cooking class where I teach Japanese Oshi-sushi cooking classes and vegan & vegetarian meal with Japanese ingredients classes on face to face basis in my kitchen. My class members enjoyed so much. Now I’m offering my cooking class online, and I hope more guests to enjoy attractive Japanese culture and cuisine (Washoku) through this online cooking experience. How about enjoying Washoku cooking together?
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