What characterizes the Japanese food pyramid?

Sushi chef & sake sommelier Zoë Escher

The Japanese food pyramid differs significantly from European diets and pyramids.

At the bottom of the food pyramid, you will find rice.
The Japanese diet is based on rice as the main source of carbohydrates, and it is the foundation of the diet.

Fish and shellfish is a big part of the food pyramid. They are rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. Most of the protein that the Japanese eat comes from the sea.

Vegetables, seaweed and soybeans are important ingrediens in Japanese food. They contribute to a high intake of fiber, vitamins and minerals.

Beverages such as green tea and water are an important part of the Japanese food pyramid in order to get enough fluid and boost the body with antioxidants.

On the other hand, the Japanese eat very little meat compared to Europe. And when meat is finally eaten, it is also in small portions.

In Japan, fruit is often thought of as a dessert.
After a midday meal consisting of several dishes, the dinner is rounded off with freshly cut fruit.

On the Traditional Japanese Food Cooking Class for Beginners, you learn step by step how to make tasty dishes from classic Japanese cuisine.

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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.

Cooking class: Japanese noodle soup for beginners

The cooking class Japanese noodle soup for beginners is for people who would like to learn how to make the Japanese noodle soup such as ramen soup.

A noodle soup is not a noodle soup in Japan it is the Japanese’s favorite fast food, which is healthy and stuffed with vitamins and minerals.

In this course, you will learn how to make dashi from scratch, just like Japanese chefs in Tokyo.
When you attend the course, you learn step by step, to use Japanese ingredients that give the unique flavors and aromas that know Japanese ramen soup.

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You learn how to make healthy and tasty noodle soups which is very popular on a busy day.
You larn how to make Japanese stock by using traditional Japanese raw materials.
You learn how to know the difference between different kind of noodle used in noodle soup.
You work with different Japanese cooking techniques and, cut different vegetables, meats and soy products.
You learn to make 2 tasty and healthy noodle soups that are made from scratch with classical raw materials.

NOTE: This year Noodle soup course is only planned on 4 September 2021 and 13 November 2021.

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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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What is the purpose of sushi vinegar?


Sushi vinegar is used to season and preserve the cooked sushi rice.

Sushi vinegar has a perfect balance between sour, sweet and salty.
Since salt and pepper are not used when eating sushi. Sushi vinegar helps to season the individual pieces of sushi without influencing the taste experience.

Sushi vinegar acts as a binding agent. It makes the sushi rice stick together better, which makes a big difference when it comes to sushi rolls and nigiri. If sushi vinegar is not used, the individual pieces of sushi would fall apart when you either lift a piece with chopsticks or dip the piece in soy sauce.

Vinegar itself has been used as a preservative for several centuries.
As soon as sushi vinegar is poured on the sushi rice, the rice is preserved. It is also a way to stop the development of bacteria and extends the quality of the rice.

At Sushi course for beginners, you learn step by step how to make sushi from scratch with the unique flavors that characterize sushi served in restaurants in Japan.

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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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This course is made for anyone who wants to learn the art of making sushi from scratch.
Regardless of whether you are a beginner or have some experience, Denmark’s most experienced Japanese trained sushi chef Zoë Escher will guide you step by step through the process of preparing delicious and authentic 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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Get warm with a steaming bowl of Japanese noodle soup

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The chilly days of winter call for warming dishes that can take the chill away. A perfect solution is a bowl of Japanese noodle soup, a tasty and nutritious way to fight the winter cold.

The Japanese noodle soup, also known as ‘ramen’, is not only popular in Japan, but also very popular worldwide. It consists of a delicious combination of noodles, stock, proteins and vegetables, all served in a steaming hot bowl. This traditional dish is not only a culinary experience, but also a soothing cure for winter fatigue.

The key to an authentic Japanese noodle soup is the stock, which is made with Japanese ingredients step by step from scratch. The warm base not only warms the body, but its complex flavor profile elevates the whole dish.

The noodles used in Japanese noodle soups vary according to the types of noodle soups being made. Combined with proteins, tasty vegetables and proteins, they create a taste experience that will make you forget about the winter cold outside.

On the Japanese noodle soups course for beginners, you learn step by step how to make tasty soups that suit the changeable weather.

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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.

Cooking class: Traditional Japanese cooking for beginners

Traditional Japanese everyday dishes
Traditional Japanese dishes are characterized by carefully selected fresh ingredients, delicate flavor combinations and a balance between textures and colors. This dedication to quality and detail has made Japanese food popular throughout the world.

What will you learn?

In cooking class you are introduced to healthy Japanese dishes which offers lots of colors, taste and the secret to the Japanese long life.
You learn about the Japanese ingredients such as mirin and cooking sake and how it is used in authentic Japanese cooking.
You get knowledge of what to look for when you buy fish, meat and other raw materials.
You learn to prepare different kinds of raw materials by applying Japanese cooking techniques.
You learn step-by-step how to make tasty dishes like gyoza, a noodle dish with seafood and teriyaki salmon with side dish.

Please read more about the cooking class Traditional Japanese cooking class 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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Gyoza in Japan – A well-preserved and secret delicacy


In Japan, dumplings also called gyoza is not just a delicious snack or a festive dish. It is an everyday delicacy found on the table in countless homes and restaurants.

For many Japanese, gyoza is a regular part of their diet and it is not uncommon to enjoy this delicacy several times a week. Gyoza is served in different forms, from the classic minced pork version to vegetarian and seafood variants.

In Japan, gyoza has also found its way into take-away boxes. In Japan, you can find gyoza at street kitchens, in convenience stores, and even in prepackaged form in supermarkets. This makes it easy for people to enjoy this delicious dish on a busy day.

Gyoza is not only limited to being served in restaurants. Many Japanese also make their own homemade gyoza with family and friends.

Gyoza is a classic dish in Japanese cuisine and is often eaten as part of the daily diet. Its versatility, deliciousness and social nature make it a beloved part of Japanese food culture that continues to excite palates both in Japan and around the world.

In the Traditional Japanese Cooking Class for Beginners, you will learn step by step how to make gyoza as they are served in restaurants.

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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.

Welcome spring with homemade sushi


Spring is coming, and what better way to welcome the new season than with fresh and tasty homemade sushi?

Sushi is as popular as ever, and it is not hard to understand why. The delicate combination of raw fish, rice and seaweed creates a taste experience that tantalizes the palate and brings luxury into everyday life.

For those who want to make sushi at home, a sushi course for beginners is a great idea.
The course offers not only a hands-on experience, but also an in-depth understanding of the secrets behind sushi. The sushi course is adapted to both beginners and those with more experience, so that everyone can participate and learn how to make the perfect rolls.

Taking a beginner sushi course not only gives you the skills to make delicious sushi, but it is also a fun and social activity. It is an obvious opportunity to gather friends or family and enjoy an evening of learning, laughter and, not least, good food.

So why not welcome spring with open arms and a plate full of delicious sushi?

It is not just a dining experience; it is a way to celebrate the new season while indulging your taste buds with delicate ingredients and unique flavor combinations.

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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.

Eat more sushi everyday within your budget


Are you also one of those people who love sushi but feel that it is a luxury you can only enjoy on special occasions?

It does not have to be that way!

A sushi course is not only a fun and educational experience, but it can also be surprisingly affordable.

During a sushi course, you will not only be guided through the various processes of making sushi, but you will also learn about the best ingredients and techniques. So you get the most value when you shop for Japanese ingredients and raw materials on your own. You can customize your rolls according to your favorite ingredients and budget, making it a win-win situation.

After the course, you will have learned and applied the Japanese cooking techniques to prepare delicious sushi at home. And best of all, it will be a fun activity that you can enjoy with friends or family.

So why not take the first step towards eating more sushi within your budget?

Sign up for a Sushi course for beginners and experience the joy of creating your own delicious rolls at home.

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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.

Boost your body with hot Japanese noodle soups on cold days

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The freezing cold of winter can really take our breath away, but luckily there is a delicious and nutritious Japanese dish just within reach – the hot Japanese noodle soups. The heart-warming dishes are not only a feast for the taste buds, but they also give your body a boost on cold days.

The traditional Japanese noodle soups are a healthy meal that combines delicate flavors with healthy nutrition.

The soup stock is made from scratch with Japanese ingredients from Tokyo. Depending on which soup is involved, ramen or udon noodles are added.
Vegetables such as seaweed, mushrooms, cabbage and other tasty ingredients add vitamins and minerals, while protein-rich toppings such as pork or tofu make the soup a complete meal.

Take part in class Japanese noodle soup course for beginners and learn to make the tasty and healthy Japanese dishes from scratch. Then you are well prepared when the weather changes, from rain, sun and snow which characterize the seasons in Denmark.

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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.