Kamikoto Knives from Niigata

Fiona Uyema kamikoto knivesI lived in a beautiful village called Nishiyama in Niigata prefecture in Japan for two years. Niigata is well-known for having the best rice and sake in Japan but it’s also known for having one of the best knife makers in Japan, Kamikoto knives.

Kamikoto is a maker of Japanese-style knives – crafted from high-quality steel sourced from different parts of Japan. According to Kamikoto their knives are made for a lifetime, the perfect balance of strength and aesthetic beauty. Kamikoto stays true to Honshu’s century-old legacy of steel-making excellence, to create knives of exceptional quality and beauty.
I was delighted to receive these knives as a gift from Kamikoto and I look forward to using them in my kitchen here in Ireland!

Japanese Hands-On Cooking Class May 27th

This is a unique opportunity to learn about Japanese home cooking and it’s wonderful health benefits. During the class I will introduce you to basic Japanese ingredients and where they can be sourced in your local supermarket, speciality store, health shop or fishmonger.

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Throughout the class I will give tips and easy to follow instructions to give you the confidence to start the Japanese way of eating in your home and kitchen. I will share the knowledge I learned from my Japanese neighbours and friends while living in Japan for 3 years. I believe the Japanese diet keeps me well today and helped with my recovery from cancer in 2008.

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This is a hands-on cooking class with lots of fun and interaction, including drinks on arrival and a sit down lunch at the end of the class. Some of the dishes included on the class agenda are sushi, gyoza, teriyaki, miso soup. You can also ask me to include a specific dish on the agenda!

The class is located in the stunning showrooms of Miele Gallery in Citywest Dublin (just off the N7) and takes place on Saturday May 27th  from 10:30am to 1:30pm. Tickets are priced at €65. For enquiries email fiona.uyema@gmail.com or call 0860704052. For bookings go to http://fusedbyfionauyema.com/product/hands-on-cooking-class-27th-may-e65-e20-booking-deposit/

Hope to see you there! Fiona x

In the meantime you can checkout my cooking demos from the SaturdayAM and  SundayAM Shows on TV3 on the link below:

 

FUSED supported by Eatokyo Dublin restaurant

Eatokyo Dublin Sushi Bar Fused by Fiona Uyema soy sauce tabletop condiment

 

I wanted to mark a little success here on my blog. This month I was so grateful to receive support from one of Dublin’s popular Japanese Noodle & Sushi bars “Eatokyo”. “Fused by Fiona Uyema” soy sauces are now available as a condiment on all the tables in Eatokyo. I think it’s so powerful when restaurants support local  food start-ups and appreciate the quality and taste of the products they use in their kitchens and serve to their customers.

Eatokyo has recently received positive reviews from restaurant critics such as Lucinda O’Sullivan and Tom Doorley. I popped over to Eatokyo last week to thank them for their support and to deliver my first soy sauce order to them. Woohoo!! I met Jay the restaurant manager and enjoyed a beautiful lunch with him (everything was so fresh and delicious). You can see the photos I took of my lunch below.

Eatokyo Dublin Sushi Bar Fused by Fiona Uyema soy sauce sushi platter

Sushi platter

Eatokyo Dublin Sushi Bar Fused by Fiona Uyema soy sauce tempura

Ebi (prawn) Tempura

Eatokyo Dublin Sushi Bar Fused by Fiona Uyema soy sauce gyoza

Gyoza

Eatokyo Dublin Sushi Bar Fused by Fiona Uyema soy sauce tabletop

To see more about Eatokyo go to www.eatokyo.ie

Bia Rebel’s Ramen Noodle Shop

P1030335I often get asked to recommend Japanese restaurants in Ireland. Well I think I may have found a little gem and I’m so excited to share it here with all of you. I came across Bia Rebel when they ordered “Fused by Fiona Uyema” soy sauce for their ramen noodle shop. After chatting to co-founder Jenny Holland I was eager to share this story with you.
Bia Rebel Ramen Noodle Shop is a relevantly new venture. At weekends, they sell ramen at St George’s Market in Belfast. The have plans to expand and I’ve no doubt there will be an appetite for it. Bia Rebel’s ramen noodles are hand-made and use high quality local ingredients. It’s a delicious, wholesome meal, in a bowl.
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Bia Rebel is driven by the culinary skills of Brian Donnelly, who worked for Gordon Ramsey, Gary Rhodes and Michel Roux, Jr. in London, and who later was head chef at Thornton’s in Dublin when the restaurant received its second Michelin star.

Brian believes that “the way we have been growing, selling and consuming food for the last 30 years has done a lot of harm, many folks have forgotten what real food tastes like. It’s my job to put the good stuff in front of as many people as possible, so hopefully they’ll start expecting better all round”. I hope you can see me nodding in agreement!
So how did BRamen noodlesia Rebel Ramen Noodle Shop come about?
Brian was inspired by Tokyo’s ramen culture, and by the similarities between traditional Japanese ingredients and traditional Irish ones: seaweed, fish, pork and mushrooms. So he looked for a good local noodle supplier, and not finding one anywhere in the UK or Ireland, decided to make his own! According to Brian, ramen is great because it allows you to create something completely unique, in a single taste.
I’m already planning a trip to try Bia Rebel ramen. I’ll keep you posted!