Japanese invasion

Craving for something Japanese? Might as well cook it yourself.

Japanese cuisine is now a common favorite on menus of different restaurants and even small cafeterias in the Philippines. Suzuki Karinderia in Tondo, Manila for instance, earned popularity among locals for serving authentic Japanese dishes such as beef yakiniku and yakisoba. Indeed, Japan has been successful in capturing the Filipino appetite.

Ingredients that will be used for the class

Ingredients that will be used for the class Ingredients that will be used for the class

But if you think that ramen, sushi, and katsudon are all that’s in Japanese cooking, you will be glad to know there are more dishes you can enjoy. What’s better is that you no longer have to go to restaurants because you can now enjoy Japanese food at home.

It’s true that cooking in the traditional Japanese ways is such a tedious task. In fact, it may take years for a chef to master a single recipe. No wonder many still prefer to go to a restaurant than to cook on their own.

That’s why Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF), together with world-renowned Japanese chef Machiko Chiba, recently held the Japanese Cooking Class Hands-on Program at the Center for Asian Culinary Studies (CACS) in San Juan City to reintroduce Japanese cooking to the Philippines and to the world.

With Cook-Zen, a technology she developed, Chiba taught CACS culinary instructors how to cook the Japanese way hassle-free. Cook-Zen is a cooking pot designed for microwave ovens that will surely bring out the best from every ingredient.

“Japanese food is really hard to prepare even for the Japanese people. That’s the reason I invented Cook-Zen because I like to teach cooking Japanese food in in an easy way using this technology,” says Chiba.

25Japanese cuisine25Japanese cuisine 25Japanese cuisine225Japanese cuisine2 TURNING JAPANESE From left: Chef Machiko Chiba poses with students and chefs at the Center for Asian Culinary Studies; Chef Chiba teaches the basics of Japanese cuisine

Aside from making Japanese cooking easier, Cook-Zen has also reduced cooking time to just less than 10 minutes. Some dishes can cook perfectly at four minutes! Chiba says that with this technology, cutting the cooking time should not cause any worry because her new invention retains vitamins and minerals in food. She adds that after CACS instructors learn how to cook using this technology, they will in turn teach OFW domestic helpers to learn the same. “I had the suggestion last year to teach Filipino domestic helpers,” she says. “They are all over the world and we like to share with them how to prepare Japanese food. Filipinos are everywhere and they can help spread this so people all over the world can enjoy Japanese cuisine.”

The project also aims to promote healthy eating among Filipinos. Japanese food uses less oil (sometimes none at all) and less salt without sacrificing taste, which is most likely the secret to Japanese people’s long life.

“Japanese food is less sinful and less oily,” explains Chiba. “We don’t need much oil because less oil means more health. We should be able to cook Japanese so we can have it in daily life.”

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