"In Japan your education never ends. In 2012 I was introduced to a nigiri hand technique that takes 20 years to master I think that is fascinating" - Zoë Escher

January 2019: Zoë was the judge for the daily newspaper Politiken in connection with testing food for their readers.
2016: Zoë held the official opening speech and opened the fair Formland Spring in Messecenter Herning in Denmark. At the opening of the fair there were 49 people from the press, 20 VIP and 271 exhibitors.
2015: Zoë has made sushi and Japanese dishes as private dining at home of US ambassador in Denmark Rufus Gifford.
2013: Rated as Denmark's sushi expert no. 1 by gourmet supermarket chain Irma. Zoë was also guest judget at Masterchef Denmark season 3. Zoë has made sushi and Japanese dishes as staff food to the 3 star Michelin restaurant
Zoë is known from Danish magazines and TV such as Copenhagen Food, ALT for Damerne, Berlingske, Femina, IN, Mad & Bolig, TV3 and the consumer council magazine “THINK”.

Reference: Restaurant Geranium***, A.P. Møller – Mærsk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Ikea, Novartis, Velux, Takeda Pharma, Haldore Topsøe, Dansk Byggeri, Deloitte, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Symphogen and many more.
For the Danish version of this website click on Zoë Escher – Autentiske japanske køkken

Would you like Sushi for New Year’s Eve?


Even though there are still a few months to New Year’s Eve. You shouldn’t wait too long to plan dinner for the evening if it is to be homemade.

It is possible to save on dinner on New Year’s Eve by cooking the food yourself. Some would probably say that homemade sushi is not the same as buying sushi.
It depends on where you learned to make sushi. If you learn the techniques behind sushi from a Japanese trained sushi chef, you are well on your way. Because then you can have a few more months to practise to get even better.

Sushi course for beginners is perfect for you who want to make sushi as a starter or a whole dinner. There are advantages to making your own sushi dinner.

You can make sushi exactly as you like with your favorite vegetables and fish.
You know how to get the most for your money when you buy fish from a fishmonger.
You know how to handle fish also in accordance with the Danish Food Agency.
You know which Japanese ingredients are best for sushi.
You know how to make different kinds of sushi, which are suitable for everyday life and parties.

Read more about Sushi course for beginners

Eat sushi several times a week even if the prices go up

Sushi chef & sake sommerlier Zoë Escher

Yep, it is true. You can still eat sushi as usual, even if the prices have increased. There are several different ways to eat sushi.

Sushi is a dish that is perfect for lunch, dinner or special events. Denmark is one of the countries where sushi is eaten all year round.

Just like in Japan, more people choose to eat sushi as take-away. After a long day at work, it is nice to sit down at the dinner table with sushi from your favorite sushi restaurant.

– As a family, it has become more difficult to eat sushi a few times a week. Several have also opened their eyes to making sushi themselves.
– The advantage of learning to make sushi from a Japanese sushi chef is that you learn the Japanese techniques and tricks behind tasty sushi.
– You learn where to buy the ingredients that are suitable for sushi and avoid wrong purchases.
– You learn about fish and what you should pay attention to when buying fish. That way you get the most bang for your buck.
– Step by step, you learn how to make delicate and tasty sushi with your favorite ingredients.

Read more about Sushi course for beginners

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Zoë has lectured and held sushi courses for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

What kind of sushi do the Japanese prefer to order as take-away?


Well, both nigiri sushi and the large futomaki sushi rolls are popular among the Japanese. When it comes to take-away, many choose sushi rolls. However, it is not just any sushi roll.

There are many people who buy the large futomaki rolls. In the large rolls, there is room for several different types of filling. With just a few futomaki rolls you embrace the entire food pyramid.
Due to the size of the pieces, they are also easy to transport, they do not tip over so easily.

Nirigi sushi is very popular among the Japanese who are interested in eating several different fish during a meal.
Most often, nigiri sushi boxes are sold with 8 pieces of sushi.
3 of the pieces will be with 3 different kinds of fish. One will be with squid.
The last 2 will most often be vegetarian; it can be Japanese omelet and tofu.
A mixed Japanese nigiri box ensures that proteins come from several different sources without compromising on the healthy fish oil.

On the Sushi Course for Beginners, you learn step by step how to make tasty sushi that can be enjoyed on a daily basis and on special occasions.

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Zoë has lectured and held sushi courses for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

In Japan, nori seaweed is not only used for sushi!


Japan is surrounded by open sea and, many thousands of years ago, seaweed was considered the most important vegetable. It still does today it is an indispensable ingredient in the Japanese kitchen.

Outside of Japan, most people are familiar with sushi nori. It is a dried type of seaweed that is used in several different ways when making sushi. The seaweed is dried in such a way that vitamins and minerals are retained while still being crisp in texture.

In Japan, sushi nori is not only used for sushi. Sushi nori are used in many different dishes, from large pieces that are added to noodle soups to thin strips that are sprinkled over a salad. There are many options.

On the Sushi course for beginners, you learn step by step how to make tasty sushi with sushi nori.

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Zoë has lectured and held sushi courses for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

Learn how to make your evening meal with 3 ingredients that won’t blow your budget!

Onigiri - Japanese rice ball with filling
With a population of 125.8 million, Japan is one of the countries in the world that has the largest variety of different cuisines that suit several population groups.
Most Japanese live a busy life, from the student to families with small children.

There is a dish that suits all tastes, regardless of where you are in life. It is the popular eating onigiri which is suitable as a snack, main course or even the main course.
It is a dish suitable for busy days when there is no time for long dinners.

Onigiri is a dish that stands out in Japanese cuisine.
With only 3 ingredients you can make a tasty and healthy meal that embraces the entire food pyramid. 3 ingredients that won’t break the budget and can all be bought in your local supermarket.

In this mini ebook: 5 healthy Japanese Onigiri for One you will find recipes for tasty onigiri as they are served in Japan. The book cost 10,13 EUR.

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Zoë has lectured and held sushi courses for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

Eat sushi with your favorite raw materials!

Futomaki
Yep, it is now possible to eat sushi with exactly your favorite raw materials in the quantities you prefer.

Sushi rolls are the type of sushi that is most in demand in Denmark. Most sushi restaurants in Denmark have a large menu with many different types of sushi rolls.

Although you can find many different sushi rolls put together in many different ways, it is also great to eat sushi with exactly your favorite raw materials this applies to insite-out, hosomaki and futomaki.

It is not possible to have your own sushi rolls tailored at sushi restaurants.
On the Sushi course for beginners, you learn step by step how to make the different types of sushi rolls from A-Z, so that you know how to buy good quality fish, cook sushi rice and, not least, make delicious sushi with the various kitchen tools that you have at home in your own kitchen.

Read more about Sushi course for beginners

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Zoë has lectured and held sushi courses for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

Sushi class for beginners

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The cooking class Sushi course for beginners is for people who would like to learn how to make different kinds of delicious Japanese sushi. In the long run you can save money by making your own sushi.

You learn how to boil the perfect sushi rice.
You learn about the Japanese ingredients used for sushi.
You learn about what you should be aware of when buying fish from the fishmonger.
You learn to prepare different kinds of raw materials for sushi.
You learn to make several different kinds of tasty sushi rolls.

Please read more about the cooking class  Sushi for beginners
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Zoë has held sushi courses and cooking classes for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

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In Japan, who eats onigiri?

In Japan, it is not a specific group of people who eat Onigiri.
These are people of all ages. Onigiri is a regular part of the Japanese lunch. Onigiri was invented several hundred years ago, and has been quite popular ever since. And there are several reasons for that.

Onigiri is very easy to take on the go. The ingredients used to make onigiri can last for several hours. It won’t be boring like a sandwich.

Onigiri often consists of 3 ingredients and the 3 ingredients encompass the entire food pyramid. With very few ingredients you can have a healthy and nutritious meal.
Onigiri is very popular among students. For very little money, you can have a tasty meal that will keep you full for many hours.

Read more about the mini e-book: 5 healthy Japanese onigiri for one price 10,13 EUR

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Zoë has lectured and held sushi courses for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

How much miso do the Japanese eat?

The Japanese eat a lot of miso. It is part of Japanese cuisine just like pasta is, in Italian cuisine.

Miso contains soybeans, sake, water and a sponge.
This mixture is allowed to ferment for a period of time. The length of the period is very different it depends on what kind of miso to make.

There are several different kinds of miso pasta of different strengths and flavors, a bit like cheese. The mild miso pastas are light and relatively mild in taste.
The slightly stronger and stronger miso paste has been fermenting for a long time. The color of miso paste is darker and, partly the taste is much more intense, has deep and seems more spicy in taste.

Miso contains many vitamins, minerals and has a detoxifying effect on the body, which is why miso is eaten every day in Japan.

Read more about 14 days of Okinawa miso soup – Superfood

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Zoë has lectured and held sushi courses for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

How often do sushi restaurants in Japan replace in the menu?

Sushi chef & sake sommerlier Zoë Escher
Japanese sushi restaurants in Tokyo change the menu more often than in Europe.Often the menu will consist of 13-15 different seafood. Some fish such as salmon and scallops can be found year-round on the menu.

There will typically be 3-5 fish on the mennu that follow the season for fish. Some fish are caught in the spring when they are going to spawn, while other fish are to be caught in the summer. It depends on the species of fish.

A fish like tuna is also popular in Japan.
Often a sushi restaurant will have 3 different kinds of tuna on the menu. It will often be tuna of different qualities, one will be lean tuna, another will fat tuna and the more exclusive restaurants have a tuna on the menu, which is matured just like beef. Tuna can be matured for several weeks just like beef.

Some sushi restaurants have the fish of the day on the menu. There it is up to the sushi chef what can be bought of fish on the fishing market in the early morning hours.

In Japan, it is an exciting experience to go out and eat, since you do not always know what fish are on the menu.

Read more about Sushi course for beginners

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Zoë has lectured and held sushi courses for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.