This Wednesday ( 17th July) me and my friends had a japanese cooking class! Mari, who were our cooking teacher was so nice! Together we made Okonomiyaki, also known as japanese pancakes, Onigiri, Sunomono ( japanese pickled salad), Dashi soup and Miso soup. We all got to take the recipe back with us, wich is really nice so we can try them at home!
The course was held in Mari’s own home, and we also had a man from Sweden taken the course with us! It was really fun to have someone who we could talk norwegian with( norwegian and swedish people can speak our own language to each other and we understand what the other part are saying! ).
One of the reasons we wanted to take this cooking course was so we could learn more about traditional japanese home-made dishes and how to use the weird ingredients we have no idea what is. there was specially one that stood out, and that was something they called Chinese Yam. I think it is a kind of root vegetable that you peel like a carrot. The big difference is that when you peel, it get slimy and slippery as a soap! Even your fingers are dripping with slime, haha, kinda grose 😛 After you have peeled it you had to rasp it. Then it become just slime! And it is the slime you want! It makes the Okonomiyaki fluffy and foamy, almost like when you whip the white in the egg. But Mari then told us that it’s better to not use the Chinese Yam at all rather than replacing it, if you can’t find it in your home country. Good to know.
We all really enjoyed this cooking course and had a lot of fun! Mari is so nice and the food tasted so good! We really felt welcomed in her house. If you ever are in Tokyo, I highly recommend you taking this course!
If you are curious and want to know more, here is her blog; http://japanesecookingclasstokyo.wordpress.com/ Please check it out! ❤