Can fish from the supermarket be used for sushi?

No, fish from the supermarket should not be used for sushi.
Sushi is a dish where the fish is eaten raw. It is very important that fish is as fresh as possible to prevent you from getting sick.

The problem with fish from a supermarket is that they have to meet a number of criteria before they can be used for sushi.

You do not know where in the world the fish have been caught.
You also do not know if the fish meets the criteria required for it to be used for sushi.
You also do not know when the fish was caught.
You also do not know how long the fish has been on its way to a supermarket.
You also do not know how long fish has been stored at a supermarket before it is filleted.
Fish from a supermarket is packed in such a way that it is only suitable to be prepared for a warm meal.

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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.

How much fish is eaten in Japan?


Japan is known for its love of seafood, which plays a central role in the country’s culture and Japanese cuisine.

According to statistics, the Japanese consume about 50-60 kg of fish and shellfish per person per year. This is much more compared to the global average of around 20 kg per person per year.
Fish is an essential part of the Japanese diet, and many Japanese dishes, such as sushi, sashimi, tempura, and takoyaki, have fish or shellfish as the main ingredient.

Japan’s extensive coastline and its tradition of fishing have allowed fish to become an integral part of the everyday diet.

Sushi is undoubtedly one of the most iconic Japanese dishes globally, and it is based on fresh seafood. This dish originates from an old preservation method where fish was preserved in fermented rice. Today, sushi is a culinary dish where the quality and freshness of the fish is paramount.

On the Sushi course for beginners, you learn step by step how to make tasty sushi. I also reveal how to cook sushi rice to perfection, every single time.

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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 Japanese dish is best for a busy day?


When everyday life becomes hectic, it can be a challenge to find time to cook food that is both tasty and quick to prepare. Fortunately, Japanese cuisine offers a number of delicious options that are perfect for busy days.

One of my personal favorites is Japanese noodle soups is ramen soup. This hot and tasty noodle soup does not take very long once the tasty stock is made from scratch.

A fund that directs your thoughts to Asia and sends your taste buds to Japan for an evening. With vegetables, meat and proteins from the plant kingdom, this noodle soup is filling while being adapted to your taste buds.

On the Noodle soup course for beginners, you learn step by step how to make different Japanese soups, as they are served in restaurants in Tokyo.

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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 to celebrate Okinawa cherry blossoms?

The celebration of Okinawa’s cherry blossoms is a contribute to the beauty of nature and a tradition on the beautiful Japanese islands. Every year, as spring approaches, the cherry blossoms burst into a sea of ​​pink and white flowers, and people gather to celebrate this special event.

One of the most popular ways to celebrate Okinawa’s cherry blossoms is through traditional hanami picnics. Hanami, which means ‘seeing the flowers’, and it takes place in the way that friends, family and colleagues gather under blooming cherry trees. People bring food, drink and blankets and settle under the trees.

Beside that special events and festivals are often organized in connection with the cherry blossom season from concerts and performances to art exhibitions and traditional craft activities.

It is also common for people to go on nature walks to admire the cherry blossoms along paths, in parks and in mountain areas.

No matter how you choose to celebrate, the Okinawa cherry blossoms are a time to appreciate the beauty of nature, gather with those we care about through conviviality and delicious food.

On the Sushi course for beginners, you learn to make tasty food that is also suitable for picnics.

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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.

Enjoy the beautiful Japanese cherry trees with homemade sushi

Sushi chef & sake sommelier Zoë Escher
Spring is here and with it comes the breathtaking beauty of Japanese cherry blossoms in full bloom. This is not only a time to admire the beautiful trees, but also a perfect opportunity to enjoy a delicious bite of Japanese culture – homemade sushi.
Imagine sitting under blooming cherry trees and enjoying the taste of freshly made sushi with friends and family. Sounds like a dream, right?

But before you dive into making your own sushi, it might be a good idea to take a sushi course. Learning how to make sushi properly takes time, patience and some important techniques that can be difficult to master on your own. A sushi course is a great way to get hands-on experience and guidance from Denmark’s most experienced sushi chef, who will teach you the right techniques to create perfect rolls every time.*

During a sushi course, you not only learn how to make sushi rice and cut fish correctly, but also how to roll and shape sushi with elegance and precision.

Imagine inviting your friends over for sushi with cherry blossoms in full bloom as the perfect backdrop. It is an experience that will be remembered for a long time to come.

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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.

Get ready for spring with the last noodle soup course

Noodle soup
With spring and summer on the horizon, it’s time to embrace light, tasty dishes that evoke the feeling of sunshine and warm breezes. And what could be more perfect than a steaming bowl of Japanese noodle soup?

Whether you are an experienced cook or a newbie in the kitchen, there is something for everyone to learn at the last Japanese noodle soup course of the spring.

The popular Japanese noodle soups are a treasure trove of flavors that you can only find in restaurants in Tokyo. On the course, you will learn about different types of noodles, stock and spices that can transform a simple bowl of soup into a tasty experience.

On the course, you will be led by Denmark’s most experienced Japanese trained chef, who will share their secrets for creating the perfect noodle soup every time.
From preparing stock from scratch to mastering techniques for preparing various tasty ingredients, you will leave the course with a deeper understanding of noodle soup and what makes it Japan’s most sought-after dish.

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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.

Does the quality of sushi rice have an impact on sushi?

Sushi rice
The quality of sushi rice has a very big impact on the food.
There is no doubt that when using good quality sushi rice can be tasted. The sushi meal becomes a completely different experience when quality sushi rice is cooked in a way so that they are firm and soft in consistency.

In Denmark, there is not much difference in the quality of sushi rice that can be bought in stores. If you go to the USA or Japan, you can get many different types of sushi rice just as many as bread in a Danish supermarket.

It is not only Japan that grows rice for sushi. Countries like China, Korea, USA and some countries in Europe grow different kinds of sushi rice.

Sushi rice is harder to cook than other types of rice. Good quality sushi rice is easier to cook and, the consistency of the cooked sushi rice is also better.

At the Sushi course for beginners, you will learn what it takes to be successful in cooking sushi rice in your own kitchen.

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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.

Cooking class: Traditional Japanese cooking for beginners

Traditional Japanese everyday dishes
Traditional Japanese dishes are characterized by carefully selected fresh ingredients, delicate flavor combinations and a balance between textures and colors. This dedication to quality and detail has made Japanese food popular throughout the world.

What will you learn?

In cooking class you are introduced to healthy Japanese dishes which offers lots of colors, taste and the secret to the Japanese long life.
You learn about the Japanese ingredients such as mirin and cooking sake and how it is used in authentic Japanese cooking.
You get knowledge of what to look for when you buy fish, meat and other raw materials.
You learn to prepare different kinds of raw materials by applying Japanese cooking techniques.
You learn step-by-step how to make tasty dishes like gyoza, a noodle dish with seafood and teriyaki salmon with side dish.

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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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Welcome spring with classic Japanese dishes

Gyoza
Spring is just around the corner, and what better way to welcome it than with some delicious Japanese dishes?

Japan is known for its rich and varied cuisine that embraces a wide range of flavors and textures. Here are three classic Japanese dishes that are perfect for celebrating spring.

Gyoza

The small, juicy dumplings are a favorite among many and are perfect as a starter or snack. And for some a whole meal.
The tasty filling with pork, greens and Japanese spices makes them irresistible. combination of crispness and juiciness. Serve them with a delicious soy dip and a little chili oil to kick-start the taste buds.

Fried noodles

A tasty dish that is perfect for a dinner. Japanese noodles, greens and juicy large prawns make this healthy dish the perfect choice on busy days. A delight for the taste buds.

Teriyaki salmon

A classic of Japanese cuisine, teriyaki salmon is a symphony of sweetness and umami. The juicy and tender Faroese salmon is glazed in a wonderful teriyaki sauce which is made from scratch. A sauce that provides a perfect balance between salt, sweetness and sourness. Served with vegetables, it is a light and tasty way to enjoy spring’s fresh ingredients.

So why not welcome spring with these classic Japanese dishes?

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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.