January Vegan Supper Clubs

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I hope 2016 brings you lots of joy and lots of good food! I recently resigned from my head chef position to focus primarily on supper clubs and cooking classes. I hope you can experience these yourselves this year!

Here are all the events happening in January, with special meals and prices. There will be no supper clubs in February, as I will be in Asia doing more culinary training.

Gluten-Free Vegan Japanese Dinner
£24

The most popular multi-course night made gluten-free. Expect some new dishes like kabocha korroke curry rice and some from the Japanese cookbook I’m working on.

Sun 10 Jan: Book here.

Macaroni Monday
£11

Start the week out right with a bowl of comforting creamy macaroni. Why not top it with a selection of toppings like homemade kimchi or spicy broccoli? A relaxed evening with good company.

Mon 11 Jan: Book here
Mon 25 Jan: Book here (Burn’s Night Special)

Bibimbap & Board Games
£15

A supper club tester that is booking up quickly! Enjoy bibimbap, a Korean rice dish with oodles of toppings (along with nibbles and dessert), while our Games Master teaches you some amazing new board games. We are lucky to be living in the “Golden Age of board games”, where you are involved at every moment and friendships aren’t compromised.

Wed 13 Jan: Book here
Wed 20 Jan: Book here
Sun 31 Jan: Book here

Vegan 4-course Japanese Dinner
£24

There are two more dates for the amazing 4-course Japanese Night (not gluten-free). Try dishes you can’t find in restaurants like sesame “tofu” and konnyaku takoyaki. Bring a friend and come hungry!

Tue 19 Jan: Book here
Sat 23 Jan: Book here

I use Social Belly, a London-based start up, for bookings.They are focused on making new friends over the food. How great is that? You can also find some listings on EatWith.

 

Hope to see you there!

 

Japanese Night 9

It’s that time again! It’s being organized through global site EatWith.com so you can see all the extra stuff there!

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So what’s on the menu this time? Why, it’s a 5 course meal!
As always, I try to make true Japanese dishes that you cannot find in restaurants. I will also be making some dishes from my upcoming Japanese cookbook.

THIS IS NOT THE COMPLETE MENU! This is because I am getting a fabulous Japanese veg box from NamaYasai delivered before the dinner. As it is seasonal, we will just have to wait and see what goodies arrive to make into extra dishes.

  • Gomadofu: savoury sesame squares with wasabi
  • Edamame, hijiki & potato salad
  • Sesame mizuna greens
  • Stewed soy baby aubergine
  • Spicy lotus root
  • Steamed daikon
  • Tsukemono: mixed handmade pickles
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  • Japanese curry rice
  • Takoyaki: “octopus” balls
  • Traditional miso soup
  • Japanese-style hand made dessert TBA; such as: ohagi, green tea cake, sesame gelato, etc
  • Various Japanese teas to try: sencha, genmaicha, mugicha, etc
  • Free Japanese apertif

When: Saturday, 28 June 2014, 6-9pm

Where: Finchley Central, North London, address given after donation is given

How much: £35 pre-pay donation through EatWith, a reliable way to safely book your meal.

Who: Anyone!

Drinks? A Japanese apertif is included as a free taster; but please BYOB for yourself or to share.

*No donation refunds. I don’t really make anything off of this, but the money goes to planning the food, drinks, and good times! If you cannot make it, please give your spot to a friend (let me know, it’s no problem!). I hope you understand!

5-course Vegan Japanese Night: February

New night; New menu!!
Grab a friend and have some great food.bowls

Menu:

  • Mixed little plates: hijiki salad, yuzu spinach, grilled daikon, kabocha, gomadofu, cabbage salad
  • Somen course
  • Hand-made gyoza course
  • Traditional meal ender of miso soup, rice and home-made tsukemono
  • Japanese-style hand made dessert: Green tea cake with sesame brittle
  • Various Japanese teas to try (sencha, genmaicha, mugicha, etc)

When: Tuesday, 25 February 7-10 pm

Where: Finchley Central, North London, address given after donation is given

How much: £28 pre-pay donation through EatWith

Who: Anyone!

Drinks? A Japanese apertif is included as a free taster; but please BYOB for yourself or to share.

*No donation refunds. I don’t really make anything off of this, but the money goes to planning the food, drinks, and good times! If you cannot make it, please give your spot to a friend (let me know, it’s no problem!). I hope you understand!

Around The World Dinner: Shojin Ryori

I’ve teamed up with the London Vegan God himself, Fat Gay Vegan, to indulge in the Around the World Supper Clubs he is hosting.

Of course my menu is my speciality: Japanese! But not just any old Japanese- oh no! It’s shojin ryori! The traditional Buddhist meal in strict temples that is naturally vegan and usually extremely expensive (go ahead and look it up, I’ll wait). Delicious looking right?! But now you don’t have to buy a plane ticket to go all the way to Kyoto.

The menu has been especially designed to reflect the seasons changing from Winter to Spring following shojin ryori’s special cooking “rules” involving colors and cooking methods.

Menu:

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Gluten-Free Japanese Lunch

Finally!
You asked for it: the Japanese gluten free night! Perfect way to start the new year. And it’s lunch time, so you still have times to play with your friends in the evening!

I wanted to keep the theme of real Japanese food you can’t find in restaurants. I’ve had a lot of fun deliberating the extensive menu as I had so many ideas, so I hope you will agree that this is a magnificent five-course meal for all tastes!

Vegan, gluten-free, five-course Japanese menu:

Lotus chips, yuzu spinach salad, seared daikon, ginger-miso aubergine and Japanese potato salad.

Tofu course: fresh tofu, yuba, agedashi dofu, ganmodoki (Buddhist tofu patty), tofu sesame salad

Tempura zaru soba with all the fixin’s

Traditional meal ender of mixed miso soup, rice and fresh pickles.

Sesame brittle and daigaku imo (candied sweet potatoes fries).

When: Saturday, 25 January 2014, 1-4 pm

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New Japanese Nights

That’s right- new dates! It’s being organized through global site EatWith.com so you can see all the fun stuff there!

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So what’s on the menu this time? Why, it’s a 5 course meal!

  • Edamame
  • Gomadofu: savoury sesame squares with wasabi
  • Fresh yuba: soya milk skin
  • Tamagoyaki: eggy roll
  • Gyoza course: fresh pan-fried dumplings
  • Takoyaki: “octopus” balls
  • Traditional miso soup
  • Short grain rice
  • Tsukemono: mixed handmade pickles
  • Japanese-style hand made dessert TBA; such as: ohagi, green tea cake, sesame gelato, etc
  • Various Japanese teas to try: sencha, genmaicha, mugicha, etc
  • Japanese apertif (Non alcoholic available)

When: Monday, 18 November 7-10 pm
Tuesday, 26 November 7-10 pm

Where: Finchley Central, North London, address given after donation is given

How much: £28 pre-pay donation through EatWith (bank transfer & Paypal available too)

Who: Anyone!

Drinks? A Japanese apertif is included as a free taster; but please BYOB for yourself or to share.

*No donation refunds. I don’t really make anything off of this, but the money goes to planning the food, drinks, and good times! If you cannot make it, please give your spot to a friend (let me know, it’s no problem!). I hope you understand!

Japanese Night 5: Osaka Festival Food

I lived in different places in my nearly 3 years in Japan, but they were all around the large Kansai area that surrounds Osaka. Tokyo is amazing, but I feel Osaka is the heart and soul of Japan. Osaka is especially famous for its food and comedy. All the happy things!

Japanese nights are always the most popular, but I thought I would change it up a bit and highlight my favourite region. As you know, Japanese food is exploding in the London food scene. Okonomiyaki (savoury cabbage “pancake”) is the hot item right now and happens to be the “king” of Osakan food, but not everyone can eat it. So let’s change that!

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     takoyaki- octopus-free octopus balls

Inspired by my love of Osaka, I now present:

Osaka Festival Food Night
大阪祭りの食べ物!

  • Okonomiyaki
  • Takoyaki (“octopus” balls)
  • Gyoza (potstickers)
  • Edamame
  • Japanese potato salad
  • Yakitori (“chicken” sticks)
  • Inari zushi (sweet fried tofu sushi)
  • Ohagi (sweet bean/rice dessert)
  • Macha cake
  • Candied sweet potato
  • Umeshu taster (homemade plum cordial)

Come hungry for this one!
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