How many different kinds of salmon are there in Scandinavia?


In Scandinavia there are several different kinds of salmon.

We are so lucky to be surrounded by countries that have the best salmon in the world. Fantastic tasty salmon that comes to Denmark several times a week.

Norway is one of the countries that farms salmon on land. It is salmon of really good quality the Norwegians have mastered some of the challenges involved in farming salmon on land.

Most people have heard of salmon from Faroe Islands. The Faroese farm the best salmon in the world. All salmon from the Faroe Islands are farmed in the sea it gives salmon of a completely different quality.

Iceland also farms salmon. Not many people know about this. Icelanders have created an environment that is identical to Icelandic nature. You can buy farmed Icelandic salmon that has the same quality as those that live in the wild. Salmon from Iceland do not come to Denmark that often. At present it must be ordered.

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How often does salmon come to Copenhagen?


Salmon is a fish that has become very popular outside of Scandinavia in recent years. In recent years, Asia has become aware of how good the quality of salmon in Scandinavia is and part of the Scandinavian salmon ends up in, among other things Japan.

Denmark is the perfect spot when it comes to fresh salmon, which is suitable for cooking on a pan or eaten raw. Salmon arrives daily from Norway, Sweden and the Faroe Islands.
A few years ago, Faroese salmon that was farmed out in the sea only came to Denmark twice a week. That type of salmon is the most expensive and initially the demand was not that big. Since then, things have gone strong and Faroese salmon of high quality arrives in Denmark every single day.

On the Sushi course for beginners you learn more about which type of fish is best suited for sushi.

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Learn how to make sushi that can be enjoyed all year round!


Sushi is a dish that differs from most dishes that are prepared in a kitchen.

It is eaten cold all year round, regardless of whether it is for lunch or in the evening. It makes somewhat different demands on the raw materials used in the cooking. The raw materials must be as fresh as possible and of the best possible quality.
Sushi is one of those dishes where you can get the body’s need for vitamins and minerals in one meal without the dish being boring or vegan.

Sushi is also a dish where you can use exactly the ingredients needed to make it your favorite sushi.

However, there are some rules of the game.
There are Japanese cooking techniques that are good to know in order to get the most flavor and value for money. There is a world of difference in the taste experience, whether self-taught techniques are used or the techniques used by Japanese sushi chefs in Tokyo.

In the Sushi course for beginners, you will learn step by step the techniques that Japanese sushi chefs in Tokyo use when making sushi for their diners. With these techniques you will be able to make your favorite sushi with your favorite ingredients.

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How quickly do sushi nori lose their crispiness?

There are 3 countries that grow seaweed for sushi and that is China, Korea and Japan. There is a big difference in taste. The three countries are good at growing sushi seaweed. You should always buy sushi nori based on what you think has the best taste.

The manufacturer of sushi nori packages the seaweed in a way so that when you open the newly purchased package, the seaweed will be crispy.
As soon as a sushi chef applies rice and other ingredients to the seaweed, the sushi seaweed will still be crispy in texture. When the sushi chef has made the sushi roll, it begins to become smoother and softer in texture without affecting the taste or quality.
Instead, the sushi roll will be more firm as the individual ingredients fall into place in the roll itself after a very short time.

Sushi rolls should always be eaten at room temperature, that way you will get the full flavor experience.

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In Japan, nori seaweed is not only used for sushi!


Japan is surrounded by open sea and, many thousands of years ago, seaweed was considered the most important vegetable. It still does today it is an indispensable ingredient in the Japanese kitchen.

Outside of Japan, most people are familiar with sushi nori. It is a dried type of seaweed that is used in several different ways when making sushi. The seaweed is dried in such a way that vitamins and minerals are retained while still being crisp in texture.

In Japan, sushi nori is not only used for sushi. Sushi nori are used in many different dishes, from large pieces that are added to noodle soups to thin strips that are sprinkled over a salad. There are many options.

On the Sushi course for beginners, you learn step by step how to make tasty sushi with sushi nori.

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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.

Where to buy black sesame seeds?

Sushi chef & sake sommerlier Zoë Escher
There are more and more people who have noticed black sesame seeds when ordering sushi rolls.

Abroad, black sesame seeds are very common. Several of the Danish sushi restaurants also use black sesame seeds and light sesame seeds mixed together and sprinkled over the sushi rolls.

There is not the big secret behind black sesame seeds. This is not a new variety. It is light sesame seeds that have been colored. Unfortunately, I do not know how they have been colored. Or what has been used to color the sesame seeds.
The taste is the same whether you use light or black sesame seeds.

The reason why some sushi restaurants use a mixture of light and black sesame seeds is because it is decorative and looks great on sushi rolls.

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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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That’s why seaweed is the most important vegetable in Japan!

Sushi chef & sake sommerlier Zoë Escher
Most people associate seaweed with Japan.
Over the last many decades, more and more people have opened their eyes to sushi seaweed which contain many vitamins and minerals. Sushi is a popular food enjoyed by both children and adults.

The country of Japan consists of a main island and hundreds of small islands. It is a country which is a bit isolated from the rest of the world and which is surrounded by water.
Japan is a fishing country a country that taught the Japanese thousands of years ago to appreciate seafood but also seaweed.

Seaweed was the direct and fastest source of vitamins and minerals.
In today’s Japan, not only sushi is eaten. In Japanese cuisine, many different kinds of seaweed are used. Which seaweed is used depends on the dish in question.

Seaweed is one of the most important vegetables in Japanese cuisine.

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What is the purpose of pickled ginger for sushi?


Most people enjoy pickled ginger when eating sushi. It is on most sushi plate.

In Japan, ginger is included in Japanese cuisine, as is salt and pepper in Danish cuisine.

Many thousands of years ago, the Japanese began pickling ginger. At that time, refrigerators did not exist and, it was the best way to retain vitamins and extend shelf life.

The purpose of pickled ginger for sushi is to clean the mouth between the sushi pieces. It happens completely automatically when you eat ginger the powerful and spicy taste to tease the senses and leave the mouth ready to enjoy the next piece of sushi.

But, it is not a “must” to eat ginger between the sushi pieces.

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