25 Mushrooms Kitchen Class with Five Oriental Recipes Cooked with Kikkoman

Last month, I was invited by Kikkoman to a cooking class at 25 Mushrooms Kitchen.

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I've been familiar with Kikkoman since childhood.  But, I was amazed to find out that it originated in the 1700s in Noda City, Japan.  With its long years of perfecting its brewing process, it's no wonder that it is now distributed to around 100 countries.  Before we began our class, we blind tested Kikkoman Soy Sauce with a mystery soy sauce.  We could see, smell and taste the superiority of Kikkoman and that's because of the quality ingredients that they use and the proper way of aging and fermenting the naturally brewed sauce.

California Rolls Recipe (Serving Size: 6 bite-sized piece)
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California Rolls

My first encounter with Kikkoman is actually as a dip for sashimi so this is a nice coincidence.

Sushi Rice Ingredients
1 cup Japanese rice (uncooked)
1 1/4 cups Water

Sweet Sushi Vinegar Ingredients:
1/4 cup Japanese Vinegar
1 Tbsp Sugar
Pinch Salt  

How to Make Sushi Rice: Rice 
Step 1: Wash the Japanese rice till water is clear (6 times)
Step 2: Soak in water for 15 mins.
Step 3: After washing and soaking Japanese rice, cook it in the rice cooker (same as ordinary rice)
How to Make Sushi Rice: Sushi Vinegar Mixture for Rice
Step 1: Mix the rice vinegar, sugar, and salt in a saucepan
Step 2: Put the pan on low heat and heat until the sugar dissolves
Step 3: Cool the Sushi Vinegar Mixture
Step 4: Spread the hot steamed rice into a large plate or a large bowl
Step 5: Use a non-metallic bowl to prevent any interaction with Japanese vinegar
Tip: It's best to use a wooden bowl.
Step 6: Sprinkle the Sushi Vinegar Mixture over  the rie and fold the rice by rice spatula quickly
Caution: Avoid smashing the rice
Tip: Use electric fan or fan to cool and remove the moisture of the rice well so it will be shiny and use it immediately upon being cooled.     

california roll
  • 2 cups Sushi Rice (1/3 cup/roll)
  • 2 sheets nori (dried seaweed)
  • 1 pc. ripe mango (slice into strips)
  • 8 strips cucumber 
  • 4 pcs. kani
  • 4 tbsp. Japanese mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Tbsp. Ebiko -ika eggs (orange)

Step 1: Roll the Sushi Rice into a ball.
Step 2: Peel a mango and cut it into strips
Step 3: Slice kani into 2 pieces lengthwise
Step 4: Cover a bamboo mat with plastic wrap.
Step 5: Put a sheet of dried seaweed on top of the mat.

california roll
Step 6: Spread Sushi Rice on top of the seaweed and press firmly.

  • Have a bowl of clean water so you can dip your hands in when it gets too sticky.
  • If the rice is too thick, pull the excess rice out and don't try flatten it by pressing harder.

california roll
Step 9: Roll the bamboo mat forward, pressing the ingredients inside the cylinder-shaped sushi.
Step 10: Press firmly the bamboo mat with hands, the cylinder-shaped sushi.

Tip: Pay attention on how to hold the mat.  It is the key to shaping your california roll right.

Final Step: Wet your knife and cut the sushi roll into 6 bite-size pieces.

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Chicken Teriyaki Recipe (Serves 4-5 persons)
chicken teriyaki


  • 1/2 kg Chicken thigh fillet
  • All-purpose flour 

  • 1 Tbsp. Kikkoman Standard Grade Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 grated ginger
  • 2 Tbsp.  Rice wine
  • 1/2 Tbsp. Brown sugar
  • 4 Tbsp. Brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Kikkoman Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce with Roasted Garlic 
  • 1/4 Tbsp. Toasted sesame seeds (optional) 
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. Hot water 

How to Deboned Chicken Thigh (optional as you can buy prepared thigh fillets but in smaller portions)

chicken teriyaki
Deboned Chicken Thigh Fillet

Cooking Procedure

chicken teriyaki
Step 1: Combine marinade.
Step 2:  Marinate chicken in the mixture overnight in the refrigerator.
Step 3: Drain meat.

chicken teriyaki
Step 4: Sprinkle chicken with flour.
Step 5: In a pan, heat 1/4 cup of oil.

chicken teriyaki
Step 6: Fry chicken until cooked on both sides.

chicken teriyaki
Step 7: Pour in the sauce.

chicken teriyaki
Step 8: Cook until sauce thickens.
chicken teriyaki
Final Step: Chop into slices using up down movement so it doesn't tear the chicken meat.

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15 minutes per batch
  Gyudon Recipe

  • 200 grams sukiyaki cut beef, rib eye or sirloin
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced leeks
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced onions
  • 1 cup thinly sliced soaked dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup sake
  • 3/4 cup Kikkoman teriyaki sauce 
  • 3/4 cup dashi (1 Tsp. hondashi + 1 cup water)
  • 1/4tsp. sugar to taste (optional)
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch dissolved in 1 tsp water
  • 2 cups cooked Japanese rice
  • 3 pcs. egg yolks (optional)
  • sliced nori (for garnish - optional)

Cooking Procedure
Step 1: In a skillet, add oil and saute beef.

Step 2: When beef is half cooked, add the sake, teriyaki sauce, leeks, onions and mushrooms.
Step 3: Simmer for 2 minutes.
Step 4: Add the dashi and cook for 2 more minutes. (sugar optional)
Step 5: Add a little cornstarch mixture to thicken the sauce.
Step 6: Pour beef mixture to top steamed Japanese rice. 
Final Step: Add egg york in the middle (optional)

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10 minutes

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10 minutes per batch

Japanese Fried Rice Recipe
japanese fried rice

japanese fried rice
  • 1/4 cup Kikkoman soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. Sake
  • 1/4 cup Mirin
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup ground beef
  • 1/4 cup green bell pepper chopped finely
  • 3 pcs thinly sliced dried mushroom 
  • 4 pcs shredded kani stick
  • 6 cups Japanese rice
  • 2 pcs. eggs - lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 tsp chicken powder
  • 1-2 tsp sugar (to taste)  
  • 1-2 tsp salt and pepper (to taste)

Cooking Procedure
japanese fried rice
Step 1: In a bowl, mix together soy sauce, mirin and sake. (Set aside)
Step 2: In a skillet, saute onion, ground beef cook till liquid had ran out.
Step 3: add green bell pepper, carrots and saute until carrots are cooked.
Step 4: Add mushrooms and cooked for 1 minute.  
Step 5: Add shredded kani stick.
Step 6: In another deep skillet, reheat rice in medium heat.
Step 7: Add soy sauce mixture that was previously set aside on the side of the rice.
Step 8: Add eggs, mix well until eggs and soy sauce mixture has been absorbed.
Step 9:  Add beef mixture and mix well.
Final Step: Add chicken powder, sugar and salt and pepper.

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10 minutes per batch

Bonus Recipe: Kohi Zeri / Coffee Jelly Recipe

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5 minutes

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Now you can have your home-cooked Japanese feast.

You can also win a Class at 25 Mushrooms Kitchen (worth 1,500 php) by uploading your cooked recipes using kikkoman add the hashtag #cookedwithkikkoman and then follow and tag @tsinoyfoodies.

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