Enjoy the bright evenings with homemade sushi!


The next many months are the most beautiful period of the year in Europe.
The leaves have sprouted, the weather has become warmer and the bright evenings offer cosiness, lovely food and cool white wine in the garden, on the balcony or in the courtyard.

Sushi is a dish that can be eaten all year round.
On hot summer evenings, it is refreshing to eat tasty food that is not so heavy in the stomach, which embraces the food pyramid and can be enjoyed with white wine and bubbles.

Sushi is a dish which should be enjoyed on weekdays and on weekends. Here, most people will probably think. Yes yes, it will be just too expensive.

I am not talking of buying sushi. I am thinking of homemade sushi, it can do something too.

In the Sushi course for beginners, you will learn the Japanese techniques used to cook perfect sushi rice, prepare fish and vegetables and not least step by step, to make delicious and tasty 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 much salmon is eaten in Japan?

Salmon
Salmon is a fish that lives in Scandinavia.
The climate in Japan is tropical which means different type of fish is living at those latitudes.

One of the fish that lives naturally in the oceans around Japan is the tuna. Tuna has been and still is one of the Japanese’s favorite fish for centuries. The tuna is having a hard time. The demand for tuna is very high, but there are quotas for how many can be caught per year.

In Japan, the interest in salmon has been steadily rising.
In 2017, Scandinavian salmon filled refrigerated display cases in local Japanese supermarkets. The Scandinavian salmon is of such good quality that Japanese fish buyers visit Denmark and other countries to assess the quality of salmon.

Among Japanese children and adults, salmon has become a sought-after fish. It is a fish that are suitable for many different types of dishes. Some prefer to eat raw salmon, while others enjoy cooking the salmon on a pan or in the oven. The possibilities are many.

At Traditional Japanese food course for beginners and Sushi course for beginners, you will learn how to make tasty dishes with salmon.

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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.

Do Japanese sushi restaurants use topping on the food?

Sushi chef & sake sommelier Zoë Escher
In Denmark, most sushi restaurants use topping on the food. It is typically sushi rolls such as insite-out which are topped with various ingredients such as roe, seaweed salad, chili mayonnaise, pickled onions and crushed wasabi peas. Sushi rolls are often topped in many different ways.

In Japan, topping is not used in the same way as in Denmark.
The Japanese are very fond of fish of very high quality. They eat as much fish as we eat meat.
So that’s why Japanese customers and Japanese sushi chefs have a slightly different approach to sushi. The sushi pieces should preferably be as simple as possible, ie. with rice and fish are in the center so they are allowed to shine.

Sushi topping is used in Japan. It can be lemon, an herb or a specific type of salt, which is used to highlight fish unique flavors and aromas.

At the Sushi course for beginners, you will learn how to make tasty sushi like Japanese sushi chefs 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.

What kind of sushi is the healthiest?

Futomaki
It depends a bit on how you view sushi. I will talk about sushi which is prepared in Denmark.

If you disregard different kinds of topping and chili mayonnaise, then sushi rolls are the healthiest. Just by eating one sushi roll, the body is boosted with vitamins and minerals. There are several reasons for this.

Sushi is the vegetable in the world that contains the most vitamins and minerals.
Most sushi rolls are composed of a minimum of 2 kinds of vegetables, if not more and a little fish.

In Japan, nigiri and sushi rolls are equally healthy.
Japan topping is not used in the same way as in Denmark and some countries in Europe.
In Japan, nigiri is healthy, less rice is used and more fish is used. The Japanese get to eat large amounts of fish in a single meal.

At the Sushi course for beginners, you will learn how to make tasty rolls that are suitable for everyday life and parties.

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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 is the quality of sushi in Japan?

Sushi chef & sake sommerlier Zoë Escher
In general, the quality of sushi is very high.

In Japan, there are many sushi masters who make sushi of extremely high quality.
Throughout their careers as Executive Sushi Chef, they train quite a few sushi chefs. Some of the chefs choose to continue their careers in the restaurant where they are trained.
Other sushi chefs choose to open their own restaurant and put their own fingerprints in the restaurant industry and, a third group chooses, to travel abroad to work.
In the USA, especially California, a lot of sushi chefs from Japan work.

You will also find Japanese sushi chefs who work in neighbor countries in Asia.

The many skilled sushi chefs in Japan ensure that the quality of Japanese sushi is high.
They do this, among other things, by using fish and other high-quality raw materials. They also use Japanese ingredients which are suitable for sushi.

This knowledge helps to strengthen Japan’s position in relation to quality sushi.

In the Sushi course for beginners, you will learn to use the techniques that Japanese sushi chefs use in the preparation of tasty 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 sushi expensive in Japan?

Sushi chef & sake sommerlier Zoë Escher

I have been coming to Japan since 2004. Over the years, I have eaten a lot of sushi. It ranges from everyday sushi to sushi served at Michelin restaurants.

In my eyes, sushi is not expensive in Japan.
Here I look at the quality you get for your money. Whether you buy everyday sushi or gourmet sushi in Japan, it is cheap compared to sushi restaurants in Europe.

There are several reasons for this.
In Japan, only 8% is paid in tax on restaurant invoices and take-away food. That in itself is a pretty big saving. It can be felt especially if you often go out and eat.

The competition among restaurants is very fierce.
As in Europe, restaurateurs want to have filled restaurants all week opening days. It is also important that the food is of a high quality and that guests are happy. There are also many restaurants that maintain a price level where their customers can afford to come and eat.

At the Sushi course for beginners, you learn step by step how to make sushi with the most in-demand ingredients in Europe.

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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.

Who invented Sushi?

Sushi chef & sake sommerlier Zoë Escher
It is a very specific group of the Japanese people who have invented sushi. It’s not chefs.

Sushi has originally been a poor man’s dish.
Along the coast of Japan fishing families live and make a living by catching fish. At that time many hundreds of thousands of years ago, their income was modest. It depended on how many fish were caught.
To support the family, some of the freshly caught fish was set aside. The fish was filleted and cut into smaller pieces. Along with freshly cooked rice, the fish was eaten with a little wasabi and soy sauce.

This raw fish dish came to Tokyo. The dish was refined and served in a different way by Japanese chefs and turned into sushi. For decades, Japanese chefs have made their own interpretation of sushi.

Some styles can be seen at sushi Michelin restaurants in Tokyo, others make classic Japanese sushi and some sushi restaurant chains make sushi for students.

At Sushi course for beginners, you learn step by step how to make sushi with the ingredients and techniques used at exclusive 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.

Should 2022 be the year for where another scourge towards sustainability is taken?

White soya sauce plate with sushi

In April 2021, a new EU directive entered into force.
To help the climate, it is forbidden to sell plastic packaging, tableware and much more. The EU has allowed a transitional phase for companies so that they can quietly phase out the use of plastics.

Fishmongers are well underway in terms of offering fish caught in many different places. Some fish have lived a wild life, some are sustainable, some have grown up in a fantastic marine environment and others have been farmed in good conditions. The selection will not be smaller in the future – on the contrary.

Now EU is minimizing the use of plastics to ensure a better future for all of us. It is a process approaching the goal step by step. There must be replacement for plastic soy sauce plate, small plastic soy sauce and disposable sticks.

In Japan, Japanese families are far ahead on that front. In Japan, soy sauce plate and chopsticks are used which are made of porcelain, it is a material that lasts indefinitely.
Japanese families use handmade wooden chopsticks in beautiful designs when enjoying sushi and other wonderful Japanese dishes. Chopsticks that can be used again and again.

You can also read more about Sushi course for beginners, where learn the Japanese approach to sushi and 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.

Sushi course for beginners is also for you who are in charge of the dinner on New Year’s Eve!

New Year’s and New Year’s Eve are just around the corner.
One thing is for sure, it is celebrated in many different ways around the world. In Denmark, sushi is one of the favorite dinners on New Year’s Eve. It is a wonderful mix of fish, seafood and vegetables.

Sushi course for beginners is suitable for you who want to make sushi as an appetizer or a whole dinner.
There are benefits to making your own sushi dinner.

You can make sushi exactly as you like with your favorite vegetables and fish.
You know how to get the most out of your money when you buy fish from a fishmonger.
You know how to handle fish also according to the Danish Food Administration.
You know which Japanese ingredients are best suited for sushi.
You know how to make different kinds of sushi that are suitable for everyday and special occasion.

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.

Do all restaurants in Japan use the real Japanese wasabi?


I have been traveling to Japan since 2004 to broaden my horizons and, learning new things from my Japanese teacher. Under normal circumstances, I travel to the Japan every year and on my many trips, I have had many gastronomic experiences ranging from everyday sushi to 2 star Michelin restaurants.

Real wasabi is widespread in Japan. However, not all restaurants use the real wasabi, even in Japan. Usually only Michelin sushi restaurants use the real wasabi.

I have tasted the real wasabi several times in Japan and, I cannot taste the difference. The strong taste disappears a little faster when it comes to the real wasabi.

Wasabi is a horseradish that grows in Japan. It has difficulty growing outside of Japan and therefore artificial wasabi is used. In Denmark, artificial wasabi is widespread it is only a few restaurants that import wasabi from abroad.

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.