Japanese New Year Feast°°°»Osechi°…
( November 26, 2009)
|Kanto-Style Rice Cake Soup
||Baked Minced Chicken seasoned soybean paste
|Thick Rolled Eggs(Date Maki)
||Red and White Salad(Namasu)
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Report on the class
MIFA International Cooking Class Japanese cooking for Foreign Residents
was held on Nov. 26th. (Thu.).
Participants from 16 countries and districts made Japanese New Year Feast
Making of Osechi Cooking Class
Local Japanese cooking teachers got together to discuss holding a cooking class with emphasis upon the upcoming New Year season when traditionally a wonderful feast is eaten.
The difficult thing to decide was which dish should be served, as New Year's
dishes vary from one place to another, and there is no standard style.
However, finally it was decided to cook Kanto style Rice Cake Soup, Baked
Minced Chicken seasoned with soybean paste, Thick Rolled Eggs and Red &
The Cooking Day
Thirty three people (26 participants and 7 Japanese volunteer teachers)
made Osechi food on the day. The atmosphere was nice with the aroma of
Yuzu, which had a very delicate flavor.
All participants enjoyed cooking. One of the participants taking some notes
said °»I've seen lots of Japanese cooking ingredients in supermarkets but
I don°«t know how to use them.°… She added that some ingredients used on
the day were especially unfamiliar to foreign residents: mirin, yuzu, hanpen,
komatsuna, shiitake, akamiso and naruto.
Other interesting comments were heard from participants, such as°»the thick
Rolled Eggs look like a rolled cake°…. Another from Korea said °»Red and
White Salad is the same as a Korean food called Namul(a Korean seasoned
These ideas were new to me as a Japanese person familiar with Japanese food. All participants gave me
unexpected views on Japanese food.
They enjoyed eating osechi and chatting with each other. A woman commented
°»Osechi could not be eaten in a restaurant. So this was a good experience°…
The class fulfilled its purpose in that it gave an opportunity for foreign
residents to learn about traditional Japanese home-made dishes.
The next Japanese cooking class will be held on Feb.18th, 2010. More information
will follow on our website next year. Please don°«t miss it.