What kind of stock is used for noodle soups in Japan?

Sushi chef & sake sommerlier Zoë Escher
In Japan, many different kinds of stock are used for noodle soups.
The most popular are fish, pork and chicken. In Tokyo, restaurants and dinning places often make stock from scratch. Some stock takes many hours to make as Japanese ingredients are added at different stages in the preparation of the stock. The Japanese ingredients add to the stock gives the unique taste and aromas that characterize Japanese soups in Japan.

They are a little different what the Japanese families do.
Not all families have time for a busy day to make a stock. In Tokyo, supermarkets sell different types of stock. Some funds need to be dissolved in boiling water, while others are available by the glass.

Just like in Denmark, stocks can be bought in powder form or, as ready-made in a supermarket, but it can never replace a stock that is made from scratch. A stock made from scratch has a completely different taste and aromas that are not available in the powder version.

In the Noodle Soup course for beginners, you will learn how to make classic Japanese dashi stock, which forms the entire stock of Japanese cuisine a stock that is made in the same way as in the 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.

When is sake used in Japanese dishes?

Sushi chef & sake sommelier Zoë Escher
Sake is widely used in Japanese cuisine.
When sake is used is a little different, it depends on the dish. That, of course, must fit. Sake is added to dishes a bit in the same way, such as white wine or red wine in European cuisine.

However, not all types of sake are suitable for cooking. There are large selections of sake that are only suitable for drinking.
In Japan, several different types of sake are produced for cooking. It does not matter what kind of cooking sake are poured into the dish, as they taste very different.
You can, without knowing it, change the whole taste of the dish in question by pouring ”wrong” sake into the food.

Traditional Japanese food course for beginners you get a thorough introduction to the different types of sake used in Japanese cuisine. You will also learn when and in what dishes the different sake should be used.

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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.

Online Live Food Course: Japanese Yakiyori Spears For Beginners

Join the online live course and learn how to make the popular Japanese yakitori skewers, like Japanese chefs in Tokyo. In Japan, a skewer is not just a skewer.

In this course you will learn how to make several different juicy and tender skewers where the meat melts on the tongue.

In short you will learn.

You learn to put together different marinades which give delicate and tasty skewers.
You learn what Japanese chefs look for when buying fish and meat for skewers.
You use different Japanese cutting techniques so that the ready-made skewers melt on the tongue.
You learn step by step how to make 9 tasty skewers as well as a delicious little salad.

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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.

Where is it best to buy sushi knives?

It is best to buy sushi knives in Japan.

A sushi knife is not just a sushi knife. There are many things to keep in mind when buying a sushi knife.

In Japan, there are many different Japanese sushi knives of different sizes.
In Japan, sushi knives are made in different types of steel, some knife blades are easy to maintain and others are more challenging.

Some Japanese sushi knives are made of cheap steel, while others are made of exclusive steel, which has a long shelf life.

The shaft of the knife is also different. On traditional Japanese sushi knives, the handle is made of wood. In Japan you can buy sushi knives where the shaft is made of cheap wood, but you can also buy knives where the wood is exclusive. The actual design of the shaft also varies.

The weight of sushi knives is different. Some knives are light while others are heavy.

In Denmark, the selection of sushi knives is very small. In fact, it is far too small. The knives I use all come for Japan. If I need a new Japanese knife, then I will only buy it in Japan.

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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.

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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.

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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 the Japanese eat spinach?

Yes, the Japanese eat spinach. They eat many different vegetables in one day.
The Japanese eat several different vegetables every single day. They diet pyramid is very varied and healthy.

In Japan, there are 3 different kinds of spinach plants. They each have their very own unique taste and, they are used differently depending on the type of the dish in question.

Horenso spinach is very similar to the classic European spinach. It is healthy and full of different vitamins.

Komatsuna spinach is mustard spinach. Of course, it is also healthy and full of vitamins. Of course it tastes like mustard and, it is used in salads or in soups and stews.

Mizuna is a spinach that has a more peppery taste. It is also healthy with many vitamins. The peppery taste makes it suitable for soups and strong stews.

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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 do the Japanese eat on New Year’s Eve?

In Denmark, we have a tradition of eating fish, especially cod.

In recent years, sushi has become a more popular eat. There are many families who choose to eat sushi and drink champagne for this special evening.

In Japan, a very special dinner is eaten Osechi Rykori, which dates from the Nara period (710-794). A classic Osechi Rykori consists of 13 less cold dishes which are served at once. The dishes will be served in a unique bento box, which is only used at special events a Jubako box.

The dishes are very different. They will typically consist of seafood cooked in different ways, eggs, soybeans, fermented vegetables and vegetables cooked in different ways and a dessert.

There are also more and more Japanese families who have added sushi bento box consisting of a few sushi rolls and 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.

Recipe: Champon noodle soup

Japanese noodle soup made on pork stock.
The recipe is for one person and the total time spent is 13 hours.

Broth:

2 kg of pork bones
1 piece (15×15 cm) Kombu

The soup:

4 dl stock
2 tbsp. soy sauce (Sanbishi)
1 tbsp. mirin
3 tbsp. cream
½ tsp. salt
Sprinkle pepper
1 pk. pre-cooked ramen noodles
2 thick slices of pork
10 Shime ji mushrooms
1 spring onion
1 scallop
1 handful of bean sprouts
2 handfuls of white cabbage

Method

1. Pork bones come in a large spot with a piece of Kombu.

2. Cover the bones with 3 cm of cold water and set to boil.

3. Cook the stock under low heat for 12 hours.

4. Remove the foam in the surface with a tablespoon.

5. Remove the fat at the top of the broth with a tablespoon.

6. Continuously add some water to the broth.

7. Brush the pork slices with a little olive oil, sprinkle with salt on both sides and bake at 80° for 1 hour.

8. Rinse the spring onion and cut with an angle to thin slices.

9. Rinse the bean sprouts.

10. Cut the mushroom across at the root.

11. Rinse cabbage and cut into 1 cm strips.

12. Cut the scallop into thin slices.

13. Cut the pork to 1 cm thick strips.

14. Place the pre-cooked noodles in a pot with boiling water for 15 seconds to loosen the noodles.

15. Remove the water and add the noodles to the serving bowl.

16.Pure mirin, soy sauce, cooking cream, and pepper into the broth

17. Add scallops and mushrooms to the soup and cook for 2 minutes.

18. Add spring onions and pork to the soup and cook for 1 min.

19. Cabbage added to the soup and it all turns.

20. Pour it all over the noodles and the dish is ready for serving.

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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.