Where does Japanese gyoza come from?

Gyoza
The Japanese dumplings also called gyoza comes from China. Yep, it’s good enough.
China is world famous for making many different types of dumplings in fish, seafood, meat and with various vegetables.

Several thousand years ago, dumplings came from China to Japan. One type of the Chinese dumplings found its way to Japanese cuisine. Japanese chefs chose to change the ingredients and made the dumpling with Japanese flavors.
In this way, dumpling was given the unique flavors and aromas that characterize Japanese food.

Japanese Gyoza is today a regular part of Japanese cuisine. It is a kind of dish that can either be enjoyed as a snack, appetizer or main course. There are several different options.

In Traditional Japanese food course for beginners, you will learn step by step how to make Japanese gyoza as Japanese chefs in Tokyo.

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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: 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.

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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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How did sushi originate?


Sushi, one of Japan’s most iconic dishes, has an exciting history behind it.
Sushi was originally developed in Southeast Asia as a method of preserving fish in salt and rice. This cooking method spread to Japan around the 8th century.

The earliest form of sushi, called narezushi, consisted of fermented fish and rice, which were buried in fermentation tanks for several months to achieve the desired flavor.

During the Edo period from 1603 to 1868 in Japan, sushi began to develop into the form we know today. A significant change was the discovery of vinegar, which made it possible to ferment rice faster and more efficiently. This development made it possible to make nigiri sushi, where raw fish was placed on a lump of rice and served fresh.

Since then, sushi has evolved significantly, with different regional variations and modern twists. Today, sushi is enjoyed all over the world as a delicacy that combines freshness, art and taste in a unique way.

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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 classic Japanese dishes

Gyoza
Spring is just around the corner, and what better way to welcome it than with some delicious Japanese dishes?

Japan is known for its rich and varied cuisine that embraces a wide range of flavors and textures. Here are three classic Japanese dishes that are perfect for celebrating spring.

Gyoza

The small, juicy dumplings are a favorite among many and are perfect as a starter or snack. And for some a whole meal.
The tasty filling with pork, greens and Japanese spices makes them irresistible. combination of crispness and juiciness. Serve them with a delicious soy dip and a little chili oil to kick-start the taste buds.

Fried noodles

A tasty dish that is perfect for a dinner. Japanese noodles, greens and juicy large prawns make this healthy dish the perfect choice on busy days. A delight for the taste buds.

Teriyaki salmon

A classic of Japanese cuisine, teriyaki salmon is a symphony of sweetness and umami. The juicy and tender Faroese salmon is glazed in a wonderful teriyaki sauce which is made from scratch. A sauce that provides a perfect balance between salt, sweetness and sourness. Served with vegetables, it is a light and tasty way to enjoy spring’s fresh ingredients.

So why not welcome spring with these classic Japanese dishes?

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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 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.

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.

Get warm with a steaming bowl of Japanese noodle soup

Noodle soup
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.

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.

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

Noodle soup
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.