What was your impression when you first tasted sushi in Tokyo?

In 2004, I traveled to Tokyo for the first time on a training session. My Japanese kendo teacher Hirakawa sensei had arranged that I was going to practise in Tokyo's best kendo club. As it was my first trip to Japan, I was told that I was going to take the bus from Narita Airport to the Sunshine Hotel in Tokyo where I would be picked up by 2 members from the Kendo Club Yushinkan Dojo. When I arrived at the ...

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Is there a difference between soy sauce?

Yes there is a very big difference between soy sauce. In Japan, soy sauce is used as a spice it is a way of seasoning the dish food and give it the final finish.In Japan, soy sauce is not just soy sauce. There are as many different kinds soy sauce just as many as the cheese shelf in an European supermarket. When the Japanese select a soy sauce they first look at the following, Which dish should the soy sauc ...

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Tokyo is more than skyscrapers

In Tokyo there are different types of buildings. The photo is taken in one of the side streets of Harajuku. _ 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. ...

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The reason why the weather affects the sushi rice cooking?

Most people are not aware of that the weather does always affect cooking process. Cooking sushi rice is detail oriented work. Just a small change in the weather will have a direct influence on the quality of the cooked sushi rice. When you cook sushi rice you will notice these small changes sinces you use significantly less water for cooking sushi rice compared to ordinary rice. Depending on whether it snow ...

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Which countries produce sushi rice?

There are several countries in the world that produce sushi rice. Japan of course and China, Korea and the United States do also produce sushi rice. There is quite a big difference between the sushi rice produced in the different countries. The rice grain itself can vary in size and, of course, it has an influence on cooking the rice. However, I have most experience with using sushi rice which is either pro ...

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What kind of fish do the Japanese prefer?

The Japanese have a slightly different view of sushi. In Japan it is believed that all types of high quality fish can be used for sushi. This means that most sushi restaurants have 15-20 different fish on the menu. With such a large selection the Japanese prefer to eat nigiri. But before a fish enters a sushi bar the quality of the fish has to meet the specific criteria. On the class Sushi for beginners you ...

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How do you use tofu in the Japanese cuisine?

In Japan soya products such as tofu, soya sauce and miso is eaten in large amounts. It is a healthy source of protein. If you take the product tofu.The selection of tofu in Japan is very high. You can get many different types of tofu at different price ranges and qualities. In Japan you can get several type of tofu where the consistency is very different some types are soft while others are firm. To determi ...

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How much soy does the Japanese eat?

A lot. The Japanese eat most soy in the world. Most people think of tofu which many associate with vegan food in Denmark. Tofu is far from the only soy product that the Japanese eat. The Japanese eat a lot of miso which is part of many different contexts in Japanese cuisine. In Japan, soy sauce is considered a spice on the same level as salt and pepper in European food. In Denmark most people know that soy ...

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Which countries produce sushi rice?

There are several countries in the world that produce rice for sushi. Of course, at the top of the list is Japan but China, Korea and the United States do also produce sushi rice. There is quite a big difference between the varieties of rice that are produced in the different countries. The rice grain itself may vary in size depending on which country has grown the rice. Of course you have to keep that in m ...

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What is Japanese chef’s view of animals?

In Japan, the Japanese population and Japanese chefs have a different view of animals. In Japan, the Japanese will only eat meat from happy animals. If the animal in question is not happy, the Japanese will not eat it. In addition, it is very normal to use the whole animal for cooking. If you take for example a fish it is normal that all parts close to what is in the intestines are used in Japanese cuisine. ...

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