"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 2016 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 Geranium.
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”.
Referencer: 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.

Which soy sauce is best for sushi?

Not all types of soy sauce are suitable for sushi.
In Japan, soy sauce is considered a spice.  It is a way to taste the food. In Japan, there are as many soy sauces as there is cheese in a European supermarket.

In Denmark there are several different kinds of sushi. Some sushi restaurants are Nordic-inspired and others go other ways, making their very own interpretation of what good sushi is.

In Japan, soy sauce that is matched to the food is used, a soy sauce that is not too salty. Japanese sushi is fine and delicate eating, where it is important to use a soy sauce that is not too strong.

Danish sushi restaurants use different soy sauce since restaurants have their very own menu.

In the Sushi course for beginners, you will learn which soy sauce is best suited for all types of sushi.

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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 many food styles are there in Japanese cuisine?


The Japanese cuisine is very very large. There are as many different food styles as the whole of European cuisine combined.
There live approx. 126.5 million people in Japan, all of whom have different taste buds and favorites when it comes to what they prefer to eat. In Japan, there are over 100 different food styles such as sushi, ramen soup, yakitori skewers, tempura and more.

Within each style, the individual restaurants have made their very own interpretation of the food.
Going out to eat in Japan can be quite overwhelming. There are restaurants on every street and the selection of food is very large.

In a country like Japan, there are countless food and eating guides, which are a good reference work. They can give a quick overview of which restaurants are located in the immediate area or the best restaurants in the country.

In the course Traditional Japanese food course for beginners, we throw ourselves over classic Japanese dishes, which are suitable for both everyday life and parties.

You can read more about Traditional Japanese food 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 is best to drink to sushi?

What is best to drink for sushi depends on where in the world you are.

Denmark is a country where wonderful wines are enjoyed all year round. Wines that go well with heavier dishes with meat or fish and seafood dishes that is lighter.

On a warm summer evening, I would suggest that you drink cold white wine that goes well with seafood. There are several different white wines and, I would recommend that you look past a wine merchant, they will be able to make the perfect match.

Champagne is also a very delicious wine to drink for sushi. The fine bubbles go really well with sushi. In Denmark, bubbles are most often drunk at special events. White wine and/or champagne are good choices for sushi.

In Japan, sushi restaurants most often serve cold beer for sushi. At the exclusive restaurants such as Michelin restaurants, you as a guest are offered sake. Sake is not just sake. Of course, it is important to sake wine that goes well with sushi.

When it comes to sushi, the selection of drinks is huge.

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.

Is there a big difference between sushi restaurants in Denmark and in Japan?

In sushi restaurants in Denmark, chefs uses other ingredients, fish, vegetables and techniques to make sushi. Sushi in Denmark tastes different than sushi in Japan. In Denmark, very often sushi rolls are eaten with different toppings ranging from fish to vegetables.

In Japan, traditional Japanese sushi is very simple. Chefs uses fewer ingredients, other ingredients and some completely different techniques to make sushi. In Japan,  Japanese sushi have a completely different taste. In Japan, other types of rolls are eaten with several different kinds of fish.

One is not necessarily better than the other. Sushi in Denmark is most often inspired by the Nordic countries, where Japanese sushi draws inspiration from the East and the Pacific.

At the Sushi course for beginners, you learn how to make sushi with the ingredients and ingredients that give the best taste. You get a plan on how to make delicious and tasty Japanese sushi.

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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.

Is it difficult to make Japanese gyoza?

There are more and more people who have tasted Japanese dumplings called gyoza in Japanese. It is a classic dish in Japanese cuisine, most often eaten as a small appetizer, snack with glass of wine or as a main course.

It is delicious dish most often made with pork added Japanese ingredients and raw materials which give the unique Japanese flavor. Gyoza is an exciting challenge to learn to make. Several techniques are used to prepare the ingredients for gyoza, various hand techniques are also used to fold the delicate gyoza.

The way to cook gyoza is different. They do not come in a frying pan, as in some countries. They have to go through several steps before it is ready to be eaten while still hot.

At the Traditional Japanese cooking class for Beginners, learn how to make delicious and tasty gyoza from scratch just as they are served at restaurants 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.

How often is the menu replaced at sushi restaurants in Japan?


At sushi restaurants in Japan, the menu is changed quite often.
The Japanese restaurants follow the season for ingredients and so do sushi restaurants.

What few people think about, there is also seasonal fish.
In Japan, not all types of fish are available all year. Most fish swim many kilometers either to seek warmer water in winter
or to spawn in spring.
All fish have their very own life cycle for when they are born, where they grow, some are caught and other swimmers continue to spawn.

Japanese sushi restaurants prefer to use fish on the menu when they are in season that tastes best and has the most flavor. It also means the menuis changed continuously.

Some sushi restaurants also have the fish of the day on the menu. It often happens that the fishing boats catch a little different when they are out with the boats at sea.

At Japanese sushi course for beginners, you will learn which fish are most often used for sushi in Denmark. You will also learn how to handle and prepare the fish for sushi. You can read more about Japanese 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.

 

That’s why you should always rinse your rice!


All types of rice should be rinsed before being poured into a pot, add water, and be set to boil on the stove.

Rice grows on large cereal fields in Europe and Asia. When they are ripe, they are harvested.
During the finishing of the harvested rice, the rice will lie on the ground before being packed. A little dirt cannot be avoided.

Have you tried cooking rice without rinsing them first?

Then you have probably discovered that the water becomes turbid. Once the rice has boiled, there is a cloudy white layer along the edge of the pot. It can be avoided by rinsing the rice.

How much rice should be rinsed is a little different. The rice will taste better and you also do not risk getting any impurities in the body.

Read more about Japanese 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.

Which fish is most in demand for sushi in Scandinavia?

Salmon

In Scandinavia, salmon is the most sought fish for sushi.
Salmon is a local fish that lives in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Finland. The quality of salmon in Scandinavia is very good.

The Faroe Islands are known for producing the world’s best salmon.
Faroese salmon are farmed in the sea, where they grow under the best possible conditions. The salmon also gets fantastic feed, which gives the tasty salmon steaks.

The other Nordic countries also produce very fine, high-quality salmon. In Scandinavia, salmon is produced in large quantities. Freshly caught salmon come to Denmark every single day.

For consumers, it is wonderfully easy to get hold of the fresh, tasty and delicious salmon at the many fish shops in Denmark.

In the Japanese sushi course for beginners, you will learn the salmon that are best suited for sushi-

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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.

Is teriyaki sauce Japanese?


Teriyaki sauce is a Japanese sauce.
It is a Japanese soy sauce that is both sweet and salty in taste.

Teriyaki sauce is very popular in Europe, its sweetness makes it a coveted accompaniment to many different dishes and, it can be highly addictive.

In Japan, chefs have a slightly different approach to teriyaki sauce. It is at least as popular as in Europe. In Japan, it is used only for a selection of Japanese dishes. Japanese chefs are very conscious about the fact that the sauce does not suit all types of ingredients and that it should not drown out the dish.

There are many different varieties of teriyaki sauce available. Of course, Japanese chefs make the teriyaki sauce from scratch, so it has unique aromas and flavors that characterize Japanese teriyaki.
It tastes 10 times better than the versions that can be bought in bottles. The homemade teriyaki sauce tastes so good that it can be eaten with a spoon.

You Traditional Japanese food course for beginners you learn how to make teriyaki sauce from scratch as it tastes in Japan.

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, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

What dish do the Japanese prefer to eat from traditional Japanese cuisine?

The most popular dish in traditional Japanese cuisine is ramen noodle soup.
It is a hot dish that is eaten all year round. Yes, even on days when the temperature creeps up to 35 degrees.

Like so many others, the Japanese live a busy life. Most Japanese work 10-15 hours a week. There is not much time for leisure activities and friends during the week.

During the week, many Japanese prefer to eat healthy fast food, which does not take many minutes to prepare, cook and eat. Ramen noodle soup is the most popular dish in Japan.

Ramen noodle soup can be compared to meatballs. Each eatery and noodle bar has their very own recipe for how this tasty and healthy dish should taste.

It is also this delicious dish you are going to learn to make on the Noodle Soup course for beginners. In the course you will learn how to make 2 very different noodle soups from scratch, dishes that have the same aromas and flavors as in noodle restaurants 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.