Wednesday, April 29, 2015

After having taught Japanese home cooking in Tokyo for the last 3 years, I am ready to offer classes in Hong Kong!  Class schedules are posted below and I hope you will come and join me in my kitchen soon!

Class Location: Repulse Bay (exact location will be sent to you when you register via email)

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015 (HELPER CLASS)  Tempura & Soba noodle, Fish with Teriyaki sauce and more
Tempura and soba noodle goes well together and you will also learn how to make noodle sauce for soba. Teriyaki fish is also on the menu along with salad with sesame dressing.  (HK$500)

  • Wednesday, May 27, 2015   Japanese 101 (basic class)
In this class you will learn how to make vegeterian maki rolls (including inside-out maki), rice balls, miso  soup, pork & ginger, and green vegetable with wasabi sauce. You will also be introduced to basic Japanese condiments.  Half of this class is very hands-on and you will be making your own rolls. (HK$450)

  • Tuesday, June 16, 2015  Traditional Dishes: White miso marinated fish, sticky rice with chicken, cucumber pickles and more  
You will learn how to prepare very popular dish, white miso marinated fish. Along with sticky rice with chicken, spinach with tofu & sesame dressing, and cucumber pickles, you can create your Japanese dinner for your families. (HK$500)

CLASS REGISTRATION: Send an e-mail toLiving with Accents or call Junko at +(852)9720-8796.

NOTEClass charges include recipes, ingredients and tasting. Class maybe cancelled if it does not reach to a minimum of 4.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellation fees (50% fee) occurs when you cancel your registration 2 days prior to the scheduled class unless you exercise your option to re-register to another class. Cancellations made within 24 hours of the lesson, as well as no-show will be charged 100% of the class fees and there will be no option to re-register to another class.

White miso marinated fish

White Miso Marinated Fish (Saikyo zuke)

This traditional dish using white miso can be made at home easily. The flavor from sake, miring and miso simply melts in your mouth!

Ingredients (for four):

Filet of fish* (see note below) 4 fillets
Sake 2 tablespoons
White miso** 4 tablespoons
Mirin 2 tablespoons
In a small bowl, mix sake, mirin and white miso. Place the fish fillets in a tray and coat them with the miso mix on both sides. Keep it refrigerated for 2 hours to over night.  Take the fillets out of the marinade and using a paper towel or a spoon, wipe off the miso. Miso on the fillets causes to burn. In a large frying pan, place a aluminum foil or baking sheet to prevent the fish from sticking to the pan (make sure to cut the baking sheet small enough to stay within the pan; otherwise the paper may catch a fire!).  Grill the fish for about a minuet to two on each side (just enough to see its color started to brown and do not over cook). 

*White fish are the best fish for this marinade such as black cod, tooth fish, red snapper, or spanish mackerel. Salmon are used often as well. 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Spinach with Tofu & Sesame Dressing (Tofu goma ae)

This is a traditional side dish prepared with tofu and spinach. But you can use other green vegetables of your choice. My daughter likes it without green! 

Ingredients (for four):

Spinach                            1 bunch
Water                                  4 cups

White sesame paste:
Tofu                                   1/2 block (you can choose either silky one or hard one)
White sesame*                     2 teaspoons (roasted)
Sesame paste or tahini 2 tablespoons
Low sodium soy sauce 1 teaspoon
White miso 1 tablespoon
Brown sugar (or regular sugar) 1/4 teaspoon (optional)

Put water into a large pot with high heat. Once the water boils, turn the heat down and add spinach; wilt the spinach for a very short time (about 2 minuets). Take the spinach out of the water and drain the water well. Cut the cooked spinach into 3-4 cm (1 1/2 inches) long and squeeze the cut spinach in your hand to take out more water. 

Grind sesame in a sesame grinder (or mortar & pestle) and add it to a large bowl. Mix  sesame, sesame paste, miso and soy sauce well.  Break tofu into small pieces with your hands and place them into the bowl. Mix it well to make a pasty sauce. Add spinach in to the large bowl and mix well with the paste and serve.

* Japanese or Korean sesame is recommended for this dish

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Daikon radish with yuzu pickles

Yuzu is a yellow citrus, which tastes sort of like a mix of grapefruit and lime. It is in season and you see them a lot at a local Japanese grocery store now. Using yuzu zest and juice, I fixed a quick daikon radish pickles. It tastes the best the following day.


Daikon             1/4 
Carrot  1/4
Kelp (Kobu) One small piece (2 cm or 4 inches long) cut into bits 
Sugar 2 teaspoons 
Rice vinegar 1 tablespoon 
Salt          1/4 teaspoon
Yuzu 1 (juice and zest) 

Peel daikon and carrot slice thinly with a mandolin and cut into half-moon or julienne. Place the daikon and carrot in a container and add all the rest of the ingredients. Massage vegetables gently and refrigerate for at least two hours before serving. 

Monday, March 19, 2012

Soba Noodle Workshop

Soba workshop was held at a soba restaurant called Choju-an Watanabe (長寿庵 渡邊) in Minami Aoyama, Tokyo. The owner of the restaurant, Mr. Watanabe, was kind enough to show us his soba making tricks.


Watanabe-san mixing the buckwheat, flour and water to make the soba dough

He said this is the most important step of making soba

All of us had a chance to knead the soba dough

Watching him work on soba was like watching an artistic performance

Special knife is used to cut/slice into noodles

Cutting into noodles was not as easy as it looked

Watanabe-san gave each on of us a lesson on how to slice soba noodles from the dough and we event get to take those soba home

He also prepared us a special lunch including juicy rolled egg, soba dumpling in duck soup, and of course soba noodle. It was very fascinating to see how soba noodles are made and it was a fabulous way to spend our saturday morning. If you have a chance to go to his restaurant, I highly recommend to try this soba noodle restaurant for its duck soup!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Green Vegetables with Wasabi Soy Sauce

This is a very simple way to enjoy green vegetable.  In this photo, I used "Nano-Hana" (field mustard) which has mustard taste as the name suggests. You can also use spinach, broccoli, kale, and some other green leafy vegetable for this recipe. 

Also in stead of wasabi, you can try "yuzu koshou," which literally means yuzu citrus pepper. There are no pepper in this green wasabi like paste however, and it does taste more like wasabi with a hint of citrus. This is a must try item if you can find it.

In a pot, boil about 6 cups of water. Turn the heat low or off and put the green vegetable in to the pot to welt them. We are not really cooking the vegetables in the boiling water, so turn the heat off if you have not done so at this point. Once the vegetables are softened, cut them into a bite size. Mix soy sauce and wasabi together and pour onto the green. Serve warm or cold.
Ingredients (for four):
  • 1 bunch of green vegetable such as spinach, broccoli or cabbage
  • 2 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 1teaspoon of wasabi (or yuzu kosho)

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Japanese Cooking with Expat Ladies

Our Japanese Home Cooking Class is held in Roppongi 5-chome not too far from Nissin. The classes are always filled with wonderful ladies from around the world.  I highly recommend taking the Japanese Cooking 101 class, which is the most popular class, to gain a basic knowledge of the Japanese cooking. The class will also help you with your next shopping experience at a local grocery store as we go through some of the pantry items. 

I look forward to meeting you in my kitchen soon! - J