Why does it take so long to become a sushi chef?

Zoë EsccherIt takes several years to become a skilled Japanese sushi chef.
Since sushi is a dish that you don not boil, fry or cook sushi you have to be very conscious to every detail.

In Japan sushi chefs only use a few ingredients to make sushi such as rice, fish, the restaurant’s homemade soy sauce and in some cases topping to suit the fish.

A sushi chef must master the following,

Cook the rice to perfection.
A knowledge of the various fish, their age, fat content, the structure of the meat and which parts of the fish are regarded as a delicacy.
A knowledge of which vegetables and Japanese ingredients used for sushi.
To be able to transform the very few ingredients into a gourmet experience the sushi chef knowledge and experience to highlighting the fish aromas and flavors by using different cutting techniques.
The vegetables and topping is used for sushi, lift and flavor experience an extra dimension.

Please 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, Accenture audit Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

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Fukuoka: Review of Ide chanpon

Fukuoka is an area of Japan located 1½ hour flight from Tokyo. It is a green area in Japan which also offers rolling hills, fields and forest.

Fukuoka is known throughout Japan for having the best noddle restaurants.

In June 2015 I visited the restaurant Ide Chanpon which is known to be the best restaurant. They only have noodle soups on the menu which made and served in different versions and flavors.
I was served a big bowl of tasty noodle soup called Champon, the soup contained fish, seafood, vegetables and noodles.
It tasted absolutely fantastic. The gentle and round fund added fresh vegetables, fish, seafood and noodles tasted rude well. It is a right and a restaurant which I highly recommend.
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What else than sushi does the Japanese cuisine has to offer?

Goyza1Japanese cuisine offers many different styles and niches.

Sushi constitutes less than 20% of Japanese cuisine. The Japanese do love sushi but the Japanese cuisine has so many tasty and love dishes to offer.

The Japanese cuisine is influenced by neighboring countries such as Korea and China. 100 years ago Chinese dishes were introduced in Japan, and then adapted to the Japanese taste.

Therefore, you will find Gyoza on the Japanese menu which is Japan’s version of Chinese dumplings. Gyoza is extremely popular dish which is often served as a small starter.

In Tokyo you can find many small food places that only server’s gyoza. They might have 15 different kinds of gyoza that look alike with different kinds of filling.

Read more about Traditional Japanese cooking class 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, Accenture audit Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

Gem

Can you save vegetarian sushi for the next day?

VegetarsushiVegetarian sushi can be saved for the next day since it does not contain fresh fish.
It is not always a good idea to do that it depends a bit on how careful you have been with the preparation of materials such as the rice.

By that I mean that if the rice is not cooked to perfection and kept in the right way the individual rice grains will get tougher and they will also looser their texture.

The vegetables should be prepared or cooked to perfection, otherwise any moisture will get sucked into the rolls and it will give a cloth-like feel.

Read more about Sushi Chef & Sake Sommelier Zoë Escher

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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, Accenture audit Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

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What is Japanese nigri?

NigiriMany have a perception of nigiri that it is a lump of rice with a piece of fish. It can be like that. When you only use a few ingredients the slightest error or mistake can be seen and tasted.

Japanese chefs use several years to learn to cook rice to perfection. If you do not cook the rice to perfection it will affect the dining experience. Fish are not just fish. It is very important know about the structure, texture, and the way you should handle the fish.

Japanese chefs use various techniques to form a nigiri. Some techniques take years to master.
The nigiri must be little firm yet melt in your mouth when you take a bite.

Please read more about Nirigi 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, Accenture audit Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

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Do Japanese sushi chefs use chili mayonnaise?

Zoë EscherIn Japan, I have never encountered chili mayonnaise.

In Japan sushi chef uses different raw materials on top on nigiri sushi like herbs, Japanese vegetables, egg, homemade soy sauce and marinade to give the whole dining experience an extra dimension.

In the US chili mayonnaise is used in very small quantities. The only fish that uses chili mayonnaise is tuna in which it is typically mixed in a tuna tartar.

In Denmark, there are many restaurants that uses chili mayonnaise in many context like a ketchup.
I think that is a pity because you will miss out the finer flavors of the fish and the interaction between the various ingredients.

But it is an individual choice.

Please 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, Accenture audit Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

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Tokyo: Review of restaurant Minokichi

In early June 2015, I visited the restaurant Minokichi located in the district of Shinjuku in Tokyo. Restaurant Minokchi servers a variety of classic Japanese dishes of very high quality.

We chose to eat at that restaurant because their Japanese fondue Shabu Shabu is very tasty. A fondue where different kinds of vegetables, noodles and beef cooked in a deep pan, then the individual pieces are dipped in a sauce before being eaten. We chose a larger menu, which consisted of several dishes.
Below you can find picture from the menu.
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Fukuoka: Review of restaurant Sato–Besso

Restaurant Sato-Besso is an exclusive Japanese restaurant that servers very tasty kaiseki menu.

The restaurant is located in Fukuoka, located 1½ hour flight from Tokyo. Their menus are delicate, tasty and you will be very full. If you are staying Fukuoka, I highly recommend that you visit the restaurant.
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Tokyo: Review of 1 Michelin sushi restaurant Tokami

About once a year I travel to Tokyo, where I eat at tasty sushi restaurants.

Sushi Tokami located in the exclusive shopping district Ginza in Tokyo it’s a restaurant that I have visited in 2015.
The restaurant has only been around for two years, but in a very short, the restaurant has attracted attention with their tasty sushi. I highly recommend the restaurant if you stay in Tokyo.
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Tokyo: Review of restaurant Sushi–Kinoshita

About once a year I travel to Tokyo, where I eat at tasty sushi restaurants.

Sushi–Kinoshita is the best sushi restaurant located at the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo. It is a restaurant that I have visited in 2014 and again in 2015. Their sushi is very tasty and it is a restaurant that I highly recommend.
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