Why do ramen noodles have a yellow color?

Ramen noodles originally come from China noodles that have had a permanent place in Chinese cuisine for thousands of years.
When ramen noodles came to Japan, it was adapted to Japanese cuisine by Japanese chefs using Japanese ingredients to make the noodles.

The ingredients used to make ramen noodles are wheat flour, salt, water and kansui. Kansui is alkaline water from Mongolia. It helps to give the ramen noodles the unique yellow color.
In Japan, there is only one type of ramen noodles that is whether it is dried ramen noodles or homemade noodles.

Ramen noodle soup is the most popular fast food in Japan. It is a dish that does not take many minutes to make once you have the foundation in place. It is a dish that fits into a busy everyday life.

In the Noodle Soup course for beginners, you will learn how to make different kinds of tasty Japanese noodle soups.

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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 seaweed salad Japanese?

The classic seaweed salad that contains crispy seaweed, sesame seeds and a slightly spicy dressing is not Japanese.

There are several different kinds of tasty seaweed salads. However, the difference between the seaweed salads that are available in Denmark is not that great. The most in-demand seaweed salad in Denmark is made in China.

You can make your own seaweed sala. However, it will be with a different kind of seaweed that is not crunchy. The type of seaweed used in the classic seaweed salad is oblong, thin and crispy. It is seaweed that originates from China. I have not yet encountered this type of seaweed in Japan or in Denmark.

If you want to make your own seaweed salad, then you can try out wakame seaweed, it will be a different kind of seaweed salad.

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, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

How much seaweed do the Japanese eat?

The Japanese eat a lot of seaweed.

In the sea around Japan, many different types of seaweed grow. Seaweed used for sushi and seaweed used for various kinds of Japanese dishes. Many thousands of years ago, the Japanese began drying seaweed. Seaweed was dried in such a way that vitamins and minerals remained intact. It was also a way to extend the shelf life.

Today, seaweed is grown on the sea bottom like as wheat is grown in other parts of the world. It is an agriculture that takes place on the sea bottom. The companies that produce seaweed have facilities that can dry large quantities of seaweed every single day.

Read more about Sushi course for beginners, where you learn about nori seaweed 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.

What does a traditional Japanese sushi menu consist of?


A traditional Japanese sushi menu, as served at a sushi restaurant in Tokyo, looks different.

The Japanese food culture is different than in Denmark.

In Japan, people learn to eat fish from childhood. On a daily basis, the Japanese eat as much fish as we eat meat in Europe. The Japanese eat as much meat as we eat fish.

The Japanese learn to appreciate many different kinds of fish and, it can be seen from the menu when you visit a sushi restaurant in Tokyo.

Typically there will be 20 different kinds of fish. The fish are turned into nigiri sushi. The Japanese love sushi rolls, but when it comes down to it, they prefer fish and rice. Therefore, A Japanese traditional sushi menu will consist of 10-15 nigiri sushi.

However, there will also be sushi rolls to a slightly more limited extent.

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.

The healthiest Japanese lunch consists of only 3 different ingredients

Yes, that’s for real.

One of the Japanese favorites to eat for lunch is an onigiri which usually consists of only 3 ingredients. When I talk about the classic Japanese onigiri, it contains rice, seaweed and fish.

Most people know fish is healthy. The Japanese are the population in the world that eats most fish. Their favorite fish are fatty fish, which are rich in omega 3.

The Japanese are also the population that eats the most seaweed. Seaweed is not just seaweed. There are many different types of seaweed depending on the dish to be made. Seaweed is the vegetable in the world that contains the most vitamins and minerals.

Since 2004 I have been eating onigiri in Japan. It was my Japanese kendo teacher in Tokyo who mentions me the classic Japanese lunch dish, which is also ideal when on the go.

Several have asked me if I do teach online cooking classes, and yes I do. I have therefore developed a new online course where you learn step by step to make 5 onigiri with 5 different kinds of fillings. It ranges from cooking rice, buying fish to the Japanese hand techniques used to make onigiri.

You can read more about the course Onigiri (stuffed rice balls) for beginners

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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.

How often do Japanese people eat sushi rolls?


Like so many others, the Japanese live a busy life. They work 10-15 hours a day. They often eat food on the way home from work or they buy take-away food on the road.

In Japan, sushi rolls are often ordered as take-away food on the way home from work. In Japan, you can buy sushi rolls in several different sizes.

Japanese sushi rolls taste different than those that can be bought in Europe. Local Japanese ingredients are used to make sushi rolls.

When making sushi rolls in Japan, no topping or mayonnaise is used, the Japanese customers prefer the taste of fresh ingredients.

In the Sushi course for beginners, you learn step by step how to make tasty sushi rolls, as they are made at sushi 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.

Is there a big difference in the quality of fish?

Yes it is there.

There is a big difference in quality compared to whether it is a fish that you have to cook or whether it is a fish that is to be used for sushi.

Does it matter?

No, it’s not.

One of the criteria is that a fish must be as fresh as possible. If the fish is not fresh enough then you can risk getting sick.

In addition, it is also important where the fish has grown up. There are some areas in the world’s oceans that have just the right conditions in terms of the quality demanded for sushi.

At the Sushi course for beginners, you will learn what questions to ask a fishmonger when buying fish 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.

How healthy is seaweed for sushi?

Seaweed for sushi is a very healthy vegetable. In the world, seaweed is the vegetable that contains most vitamins and minerals.

The countries that produces the largest amount of seaweed for sushi are China, Korea and Japan. You can compare seaweed for sushi to crops like wheat or oats. The difference is that seaweed is a vegetable which ia grown on the sea bottom.

Seaweed produced in Japan, China and Korea has difference taste. This is because there are several different type of seaweed used for sushi.

In general, seaweed for sushi is a vegetable that is essential in Japanese cuisine.

Read more about Sushi course for beginners

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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.

At what temperature should you eat sushi?

Sushi is a very unique dish that should be eaten at a certain temperature.

There are many people who buy take-away sushi at the moment. There are some things to do if you have decided to eat sushi one night.

Once you have picked up or your sushi has been delivered, you should store the food in your fridge. You must keep the food there until 15 minutes before you are going to eat. Sushi should and tastes best at room temperature.

What you do 15 minutes before eating is that you take the food out of the fridge. You take the lid off and place the food on the kitchen tables (in the shade) and leave it for 15 minutes.

In meantime you can set the table.

On my Sushi course for beginners (max. 9 participants) you will learn step by step how to make tasty sushi which is the perfect summer food with a glass of bubbles.

Read more about the Sushi course for beginners

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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.

Where is it best to buy fish for sushi?

It is hard to say where it is best to buy fish for sushi. I will only buy fish at fishmongers in Copenhagen.

There are some basic things to look for in a fishmonger.

Fish for sushi should never be placed with other fish. Fish for sushi has a completely different quality than”ordinary” fish for cooking. To ensure that bacteria are not transferred between the 2 types of fish they must be kept separate.

Fish for sushi should be perfectly fresh. On the sushi course for beginners, I talk about what to look for if you want to make sure you leave the fishmonger with fresh fish.

Read more about the Sushi course for beginners

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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.