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"Koji" work shop for English speaker

Traditional Japanese Natural UMAMI seasoning "Koji" work shop


There is a little known and unsung hero of Japanese cooking. It is called koji.

Koji has long been an indispensable component used in the productionof soy sauce, miso, sake, vinegar, and mirin – all essentialingredients used in Japanese cooking. Despite its central importance,even Japanese people have been largely unaware of the role of koji intheir everyday diet.

Koji has become the latest hot commodity in Japan over the past year.
Many products have been introduced but there is little information on how to choose a good product. Many are wondering how koji is made and how to use it in their everyday cooking. We believe koji deserves a permanent spot in your kitchen and rather than see this fad sizzle out like so many others, we are arranging workshops that will demonstrate why you should carve out a special spot in your refrigerator for this
special ingredient.

We have invited the proprietor of a koji-ya that has been handmaking koji products for 320 years in Japan to come and speak in New YorkCity. Myoho Asari was born into the koji making business. She has been steeped in the culture of koji (no pun intended) for many years and will show you how to make koji part of your daily life as well. Mrs.
Asari will be giving a talk and demonstration on koji and how to cook with it. Some will get some hands-on experience on how to make shio-koji (Koji-salt) and everyone will get to try some food made with
koji.

Cooking with koji is easy. It adds flavor, umami and comes with a variety of health benefits. Once you know the basics of how to use koji, you will easily discover many other ways that you can use it in your daily meals. Once you taste it, you are sure to be hooked. Don't miss these two hours of koji fun!

When: July 8th (Sunday) 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: Brooklyn photo (studio)
39 AINSLIE STREET #3_STUDIO BROOKLYN, NY 11211
Admission: $50 *Admission will be collected atthe door. Cash only please.

Please sign up via email naatu725(@)gmail.com

About Mrs. Myoho Asari:

Mrs. Myoho Asari was born into the koji business and grew up to earn the nickname “Koji-ya Woman." Her koji-ya is in Oita prefecture, Saeki City, in the south of Japan. It was established in 1689 and has been producing koji for over 320 years. She is the mother of 3 sons and 2 daughters. She is dedicated to restoring koji to its rightfully elevated place in the Japanese (and international) home kitchen. In
the spirit of making an old and respected tradition new and fresh, she has created some easy to make recipes that she hopes will help spread the word about this unsung hero of Japanese cooking. Many of her recipes are available in her cookbook (Japanese only) and she also has a website.

URL: http://www.kojiya.jp/
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日本で管理栄養士として働いたのち体調不調がきっかけでマクロビオティックに出会い、アメリカでマクロビオティック料理や健康法を学ぶ。日本の伝統的な発酵食品の素晴らしさを伝えたいという願いで「醗酵庵」を立ち上げる。現在は日本の伝統的な発酵食品をベースとした料理教室、食育ワークショップ、発酵食品ワークショップなども随時行っている。

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