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  • Yuka's Japanese Cooking
    2-34-8, Nishiogu116-0011
    Mar 20(Sat) 10:00-11:00

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  • Yuka's Japanese Cooking
    2-34-8, Nishiogu116-0011
    Mar 21(Sun) 10:00-11:00

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Welcome to “YUCa’s Japanese Cooking”,
a cooking class in Tokyo.

Chef and recipe creator YUCa will guide you through the art of
Simple, easy and delicious Japanese food to you!

The best cooking class in Japan 2018 & 2019 by TripAdvisor! See more detail.

YUCa’s Table : vol.206

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– Miso soup with wakame, spinach and fried tofu  [Recipe]
– Japanese rice with Yukari (purple basil)  [w/Pot] [w/Rice Cooker]
– Tofu hamburg
– Miso salmon
– Eggplant steak with miso sauce [Recipe]
– Natto *fermented soybeans
– Pickled daikon radish, cucumber and Shiso [Recipe]
– Pickled plum

Hinamatsuri (Japanese Doll Festival / Girls’ Festival)

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The 3rd of March is the traditional and representative spring event day called “Hina Matsuri” in Japan.

Hina Matsuri is a special time to pray for the growth and happiness of Japanese girls. It is also called “Peach-Blossom Festival” because in olden times, people believed that peach blossoms had special powers to drive away evil spirits. According to the lunar calendar, peach blossoms were in full bloom around March 3. This is the reason that even today peach blossoms are always displayed together with Japanese dolls called Hina Ningyo (ひな人形).

There is a tradition if the baby is a girl, the parents of the mother give a traditional dolls called Hina-kazari (ひな飾り) to their daughter’s family. Hina-kazari is a traditional dolls of Emperor, Empress, their servants and accessories on the tiered stand.

In very ancient times, display stands used to consist of just two or three tiers but over the years they grew more elaborate and gorgeous. I had 7 tier Hina-kazari at my house and my younger brother always tried to climb up. His heroic story is still α hot topic every year among my family. His heroic story is still a hot topic every year.

This day, parents having daughter invite their families and friends to celebrate this event. They display Hina-kazari and serve guests traditional dishes. When I was a child, my family always celebrated the Hina Matsuri together. So, this event reminds me of my childhood every year.

Home Party Menu Ideas

If you are planning to celebrate this Japanese family event, here are the recipes that we prepare here in Japan and also I recommend for home party.

🌸 Main : Chirashizushi (Chirashi Sushi)
🌸 Soup : Hamaguri no osuimono (Cherrystone clam soup)
🌸 Side dish : Potato Salad / Chawanmushi 
🌸 Dessert : Sakura Mochi
 / Hinaarare / Hishimochi
🌸 Drink : Amazake

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It is important to dismantle the display and put away the dolls as soon as the festival is over. The dolls’ faces are covered with special soft paper and each item is carefully wrapped and retuned to its designated box.

People have traditionally believed that if the dolls are kept out for too long after the festival, the daughter of the family will have a hard time getting married.  I remember that my mother was rushing to clean up when the Hinamatsuri was over. I hope her annual effort worked!?

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Hinamatsuri (Girls’ Festival)
Seasonal Event : Hina-Matsuri (March 3rd)

Recipe : Chirashi-Zushi (Chirashi Sushi)

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The 3rd of March is the traditional and representative spring event day called “Hinamatsuri” in Japan. In this video, I introduce how to make 2 kinds Chirashizushi (Scattered sushi). One for adults with using fresh seafoods and the other for kids with using cooked ingredients. How about making these seasonal sushi and celebrating Japanese Hinamatsuri at your home? 

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YUCa’s Table : vol.205

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– Miso soup with wakame, spinach and fried tofu [Recipe]
– Okaka (bonito flakes) onigiri [Recipe]
– Fried salmon topped with sweet sour sauce
– Tofu salad (Shiraae) [Recipe]
– Japanese omelette [Original] [W/ Mayonnaise]
– Rape blossoms with mustard
– Pickled daikon radish [Recipe]
– Yogurt with strawberry jam

Recipe : Japanese Fruit Sandwich (Fruit Sando) with Strawberry, Banana and Kiwi

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Japanese sweet and sour fruit sandwich are called fruit sando (フルーツサンド). Put your favorite fruit and a little hard whipped cream between the breads and you’re done! This time, I will make a fruit sandwich using strawberry, banana and kiwi. This recipe is recommended not only for breakfast, but also for picnics and snacks. Why don’t you start your day with this sandwich?
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YUCa’s Table : vol.204

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– Miso soup with wakame, wheat gluten and komatsuna [Recipe]
– Osekihan (Festive rice) ball [Recipe]
– Salt onigiri [Recipe]
– Stir-fry Hijiki with carrot, burdock and konnnyaku
– Grilled sausage
– Japanese omelette [Original] [W/ Mayonnaise]
– Sesame salad with komatsuna [Recipe]
– Simmered pumpkin with sweetened red beans [Recipe]
– Yogurt with strawberry jam

Recipe : Simmered pumpkin with red beans

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This Japanese vegan side dish is called “kabocha no Itoko-ni” (かぼちゃのいとこ煮) in Japanese.

“Itoko-ni” is a sweet and salty simmered root vegetable and azuki beans that are eaten as local dishes in the Hokuriku region including Toyama prefecture, Nara prefecture, and Yamaguchi prefecture.

It started with a collection of boiled ingredients offered to God, and was originally eaten during Obon, New Year, and festivals. It is still enjoyed by ordinary households, and it is often eaten with cousins ​​during local celebrations.

One of the characteristics is that the ingredients and seasonings to be stewed differ depending on the region, and the generally known style is Nara Prefecture, where pumpkin and azuki beans are cooked sweetly, but it is not boiled but soup, azuki beans and radishes. In some areas, it refers to the miso soup. This kind of regional difference is also an interesting part of “Itoko-ni”.
It is generally known that the ingredients are put in a pot in order from the one that is hard to boil and then easy to boil, and this process means “Oi-oi” (oi means cousin) “. In addition, the theory came from “simmering multiple vegetables”, which is called “Mei-mei” (mei means niece). There is also anothe theory that they are regarded as “cousin” because they are of different types but have close relationships.
Would you like to know the easiest way to enjoy this dish?
Make a simmered pumpkin and put Anko (sweetened red bean paste) at the very end. Stir lightly and it’s done!

From Kitchen In Tokyo : Week 7, 2021

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When I was taking a walk in the neighborhood, I found UME (梅) plum blossoms starting to bloom.
The early plum blossoms are called Kanbai/kambai (寒梅). It means Cold (寒) and Plum (梅) because they bloom at the coldest time of the year.  Spring is just around the corner in Tokyo!

Recipe : Marmalade Chicken, Tuna Salad, Sumashijiru and Rice Balls

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In this recipe video, I’ll introduce Japanese breakfast which is also kids Friendly. Menus are Marmalade Chicken, Tuna salad with Komatsuna, Sumashijiru and Onigiri Rice Balls. Of course, this set meal is also perfect for lunch and dinner. I hope you enjoy this tutorial and give it a try!
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YUCa’s Table : vol.203

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– Miso soup with wakame seaweed, fried tofu and cabbage [Recipe

– Yaki Onigiri [Recipe

– Tuna Mayo Onigiri [Recipe]

– Kimpira gobo [Recipe

– Stir-fry bean sprouts and green pepper
– Japanese omelette [Original] [W/ Mayonnaise

– Yogurt with blueberry jam and marmalade jam

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