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I cleaned my working table and added new kitchen gadget called Sui-chan.

Goya Chanpuru

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Do you know Goya Chanpuru (ゴーヤチャンプル)? Goya is a bitter melon mainly produced in Okinawa prefecture, which is located in the southern part of Japan. Goya is actually a dialect from the tropical island. Goya has a bitter flavor yet it’s rich in a number of vitamins and minerals (i.e. vitamins B, C, E and K). Goya also has various health benefits like “lower blood sugar levels in the body”, “blood purifying and detoxifying qualities” and “reduce conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis” etc. Chanpuru is also a dialect from Okinawa and that means “mix and stir-fry”. Cuisine from Okinawa use a lot of pork and this is one of them. There are many types of Goya chanpuru, like the one with fish. Tofu plays an important role for this dish. This iconic dish of Okinawa cuisine (Ryukyu-ryori) has a simple ingredients and contains high in nutrition, especially protein. Enjoy this well-balanced food!

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Reviews from online cooking class guests

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Yuca’s online class is what I’ve been looking for. As I miss traveling very much during this period, Yuca’s class helped me to experience “traveling”.
I was cooking with another lady who became a friend after the class.
Yuca is also very patience during the class when we (the students) might be slower than others.
The instructions are given clearly and more importantly, the meal tasted YUMMY!
What I love about Yuca’s recipe is that she uses quality ingredients which is very important for quality meals.
Thank you Yuca for opening the online classes.
If you love Japanese food, cultures and miss meeting people from all over the world, please sign up for Yuca’s online classes.
Good meal and happy soul! 🙂
– Katherine from Singapore
I loved Yuca’s online Japanese sweet making class, we made mochi ice cream and homemade ice cream. I would recommend this to anyone keen to explore Japanese food but they have been too afraid to try. Yuca is so friendly and patient and makes the steps simple and easy. She has a great set up so you can see her workspace and hands as you cook alongside her in your own home. Give Yuca’s classes a go it is so much fun! I can’t wait to impress my family and friends!
– Esme from New Zealand
I followed several cooking classes by Yuca.
Last year an offline class in Tokyo. I learned how to make Matcha ice cream, Mochi ice and Matcha cake. After that we taste some Sake and we went to a Japanese market in Tokyo, that was really nice.
This year with corona, It was really nice to meet Yuca again and to cook together but now online.
I really find it a great opportunity to follow Yuca’s classes, because it is so fun and it even feels like you are (a bit) on holiday in Japan.
But besides it is fun, you really learned something about the Japanese cuisine, for example: Yuca learned me how to make Gyoza, rice burgers and a Health Japanese meal.
The ingredients for the recipes are easy to buy in an European supermarket, even with corona when a lot of products are not available in store.
And who doesn’t want to learn how to cook Japanese food in your own kitchen at home ! I think everyone. It is a great opportunity !
– Kristel from Belgium

We had a delightful time learning how to make Tsukemen soup on YUCa’s online course. She guided us through the entire process, taking the time to teach us new cooking techniques and how to improve old ones. If you’re interested in Japanese food, we would highly recommend taking her online cooking course. The meals are easy to make and they’re super tasty!
– Mike Kniec & Majella MacOscar from Ireland

We all had a fantastic time! We’ve been in lockdown since March, your cooking class really helped in feeling less isolated and was wonderful experience for the boys (I’m fortunate enough to have had a cooking lesson with you in person a couple of years ago!) You were absolutely brilliant in explaining everything and engaging all of us that even my seven year old could  participate in making mochi ice cream. My fourteen and seven year old sons enjoyed the session very much, we all agreed it was  great fun as well as the best tasting mochi ever! Looking forward to booking another class with you. Honestly, thank you ever so much.

– Shabana from UK

Tonkatsu

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I always ask my cooking class guests about what their favorite Japanese food beyond Sushi, Tempura and Ramen. One of the popular dish among my guests is Tonkatsu (とんかつ、トンカツ、豚カツ…Yes, they all mean the same dish!) “Ton” means pork, “Katsu” means Cutlet. I understand that some of you cannot eat this dish because of food restrictions and religious reasons. But no worries! You can substitute with beef, chicken, seafood or even vegetables! The recipe to make cutlet is almost same, so please enjoy this crispy savory dish. The tip of making delicious Tonkatsu is to use Japanese bread crumbs called panko and put Tonkatsu in a pan before frying oil gets hot! For the sauce, people usually pour special Tonkatsu sauce. This is Japanese-style thick and starchy sauce made of worcester sauce etc. Since Tonkatsu is such an oily dish, don’t forget to add some vegetables aside (Usually, thinly shredded cabbage). Enjoy Japanese cooking!
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YUCa Meets World : Saltfish from Antigua and Barbuda

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Welcome to “YUCa Meets World!”. In this series, I’ll try to make international cuisine that everyone can easily make at home! Let’s travel with me and enjoy the unique and special recipes there!

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YUCa Meets World : Muamba from Angola

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Welcome to “YUCa Meets World!”. In this series, I’ll try to make international cuisine that everyone can easily make at home! Let’s travel with me and enjoy the unique and special recipes there!
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Gyoza making with kids

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Cooking is relaxing. That’s what I always feel while cooking. The other day, I cooked with my son and we made Gyoza (pot stickers) from scratch.
Homemade gyoza pastry has special chewy texture that you cannot taste from premade gyoza pastry. I like homemade better, of course!

In my Gyoza making online class, I will teach how to make Gyoza pastry from scratch! If you are interested in, please check the ingredients/utensils you need to prepare beforehand and book your seat from here!
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By the way, Gyoza making is the perfect activity to cook with kids!

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