Posted on Jul 23, 2011 in Hiroko's Blog

Brushstroke is a very nice and lively Japanese restaurant where you can enjoy traditional Kaiseki meal. We enjoyed everything at $85 ,fixed course. Con is that the service is slow (I think we drank more while waiting for the meal) and there is no green tea served at the end of the meal…..well we watched a group of guest who were treated with bowls of matcha green tea but we quickly learned that it is only for the regular customers… we did not get a...

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Day 5 Essentials of Japanese Cuisine

Posted on Jul 22, 2011 in Hiroko's Blog

Today was a final day. Jennifer did not show up, but everyone – Gail, Berta, Mauro, Wanda, Margie, Kasinee, Amanda, Amy, Pitipon, Mat, Leeana and Travis – fully enjoyed the last day of the venture. The topic of the day was Nigirizushi and Sashimi. We were fortunate to have a very special guest sushi chef, Masato Shimizu (15 East), with us today! Chef Masato first demonstrated how to scale (very unique technique) and fillet a fluke. Every students were sent back...

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The Day 4 Basic Sushi

Posted on Jul 21, 2011 in Hiroko's Blog

Today my students learned how to do basic items to make varieties of rolls, including traditional thin rolls, thick roll and American-born inside out rolls. The battery of my camera went down…not much photos. I will post them along with tomorrow’s class photos. We will be filleting a whole sushi fish, cutting into sushi and sashimi slices and making a REAL pro-nigirizushi. Chef Masato Shimizu of 15 East is our special guest...

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Day 3 Essentials of Japanese Cooking

Posted on Jul 20, 2011 in Hiroko's Blog

We progressed to Day 3 in which the students learned how to braise and simmer protein and vegetables in the Japanese way. Sake braised short-ribs, ginger flavored simmered branzino, traditional takiawase (simmered vegetables) and classic hijiki no nitsuke. We also made salmon takikomi gohan. Another delicious and fun day with lots of learning. Gail was so happy htat she cooked – cleaned, cut and simmered – whole fish for the first time in her life. They will...

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Day 2 Essensials of Japanese Cooking Course

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 in Hiroko's Blog

Today Chef Jiro, executive chef at Aburiya Kinnosuke, joined us as a guest chef. Chef Jiro showed us the technique of yakitori – from cutting the chicken into right portion size to putting them on bamboo skewers and cooking them over Bincho-tan charcoal grill. After veryone worked on their own yakitori. Look at their happy face!!! In the afternoon we moved to MISO. The students prepared a classic home and casual restaurant dish, nasu no dengaku (eggplant cooked in oil...

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