Cooking class: Japanese noodle soup for beginners

RamenThe 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.

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 learn to make 2 tasty and healthy noodle soups that are made from scratch with classical raw materials.

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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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Lecture and tasting of sake, Kun-shu

SakeLecture and tasting of sake, Kun-shu is an event for people who wants to expand and her about which the sake that tastes best in the category Kun-shu.

You learn about the different types of sake that exist within the category Kun-shu.
You’ll learn about the most common brewing method for these types of sake.
You get knowledge of what distinguish the different types of sake from each other.
You get the secret of what to look for when you buy sake in the category Kun-shu.

All in all, you get a 2-hour fascinating lecture on the unique and exclusive sake in the category Kun-shu organized and hosted by the 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, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

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What is the Japanese chef’s view of noodle soup?

In Japan, noodles soup can be compared to Danish meatballs.

All Japanese chefs including sushi chef knows how to make a tasty noodle soup. From childbirth the Japanese learn that noodle soup is a dish that can be eaten all year long.
There is not only a kind of noodle soup. The selection is very big. Just like meat balls each noodle has their very own unique recipe for how to make the best fund from scratch.

However, there is of course a red thread in the noodle soups that are being made in Japan. There are differences between Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese noodles, because there are different ingredients and flavors used to make soups.

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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.

Is there any difference between Japanese sushi rice?

Japanese sushi rice is not just rice. There is a big difference between the quality and the different types of sushi rice. The variation in Japanese sushi rice is very large and like many other foods sushi rice are available in different grades such as cheap, middle class and expensive sushi rice.

The information on the packaging is sporadic and not always just informative.
Japanese sushi rice differs from sushi rice produced in other countries. In Denmark there is Japanese sushi rice that clumps more than others. You will notice this when the rice has been cooked and about to be mixed with winegar (salt and sugar).

That does not mean that something is wrong with the rice. It can be difficult to get rid of all the lumps especially if you are use to cook sushi rice.

At Sushi course for beginners you will learn how to cook sushi rice as in Japanese sushi restaurants.

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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.

Can you tell if a fish is fresh?


Unless you work in a fish shop it can be hard to tell when a fish is fresh. One of the area where you should not compromise is the freshness of the fish. There are several reasons for this.

Sushi made with fresh fish have a fantastic taste.
You also avoid your guests or yourself get sick.

At the class Nigiri sushi for beginners you will get the opportunity to touch and fillet a whole fish. It is important that you can gain a greater understanding of a fish and the fish structure. The knowledge is vital when you cut the fish for nigiri.

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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.

Tuna is just tuna

TunaIn 2012 I visited my Japanese sushi chef instructor Toshi in Los Angeles. I got some private lessons in his restaurant where he introduced to a nigiri technique that takes 20 years to master. 

One day one of his talented Japanese sushi chefs showed me 2 different kinds of tuna. Tuna is called  toro and the piece on the left side is matured up to 3 weeks before it is used 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.

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Why seaweed used for sushi is so healthy?

The Japanese are the population of the world who live the longest in the world and for good reason. The Japanese eat large amounts of seaweed and it is not only when they are having sushi.

There are many different types of seaweed depending on whether it is to be used for soups, cold dishes, hot dishes, a starter or a salad.
The different types of seaweed produced to be consumed are very healthy. Seaweed used for sushi is the vegetable in the world that contains the most minerals and vitamins.

So with a very small amount of money the Japanese can eat large quantities of vegetables.

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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.

Have you made sushi with black rice?

Zoë EsccherIt is a question I sometimes get on my sushi classes.

Black rice is whole-grain rice that is healthier than white rice. Black rice contains several vitamins and minerals. I have never used black rice and I am not going to. There are several reasons for that.

Black rice is much harder to cook than white rice. Nor do they have the same consistency as cooked white rice. Rice plays the main role in sushi if the rice is not cooked properly it affects the dining experience.

The disadvantage of black rice is that it is harder to see if the rice is dirty. Of course you can wash the rice but you can never be sure that there is no hiding somewhere in the rice.

There is sushi a dish where I can adjust the amount of white rice when I make sushi. I can just choose to use less rice thus becoming sushi automatically healthier.

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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.

Why is local fish not used for sushi?

FiskIt’s really good questions that I sometimes get on my sushi courses.

In Denmark we have a lot of fish of very high quality suitable for sushi. It is especially whitefish found in Danish waters.

In Denmark most people are familiar with salmon, tuna and tiger prawns. Seafood is to find on any menu regardless of where in the world you are.

In different parts of the world have local seafood which can be advantageously to use for sushi. In Japan you can find sea urchin which is a fine and delicate shellfish.

Why there are no more local fish that has found its way to the menu is a good question. The consumers do also have the courage to eat sushi prepared with local fish.

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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.

Can all types of soy sauce be used for sushi?

Most people are not aware of how important the choice of soy sauce has on the entire sushi dinner.
The right soy sauce can enhance the dining experience by 40% it is very important that you use the right soy sauce when you eat sushi.

Sushi should have a fine and delicate taste and it is important to select a soy sauce that is not too strong in flavor or contain too much salt.
If you use a soy sauce that is too strong in flavor it will create an imbalance and you miss the full dining experience. If you use a soy sauce with too much salt the salty taste will cover the whole dining experience.

There is only one soy sauce suitable for sushi which you cannot buy it in supermarkets but only in special stores. At Sushi course for beginners I talk more about where to buy the soy sauce.

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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.

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