What is Soshoku? = Healthy Japanese Cooking

Soshoku (Example) by Wikipedia

Soshoku = Plain (simple) Diet

Since the Kamakura era (1185-1333) in Japan, the word Soshoku(素食) has come to mean “frugal meal” in the Zen temple. A Sample menu is “One soup with one side dish and rice.”

Over time, Soshoku became the general home diet in Japan and led to the establishment as of the traditional Japanese diet.

Now we need to prevent getting diseases associated with the eating habit of western culture. Japanese Soshoku(素食) is recognized as the balanced healthier diet and will help to prevent lifestyle diseases.

Because Soshoku(素食) is low-fat and high-fiber diet which will help followings;

–         To take out the bodily waste, to enhance good blood circulation

–         To enhance the weight loss, to prevent the over weight

–         To lower the blood-sugar level

–         To lower the cholesterol level

–         To lower the blood pressure

–         To lower the level of neutral fat

Original Sample “Soshoku” menu looks like this

One soup/One side dish/cup of rice


Motoko learned that healthy homemade diet is the basic for healthy life from her mother in the course of nature when she grew up with her mother’s healthy homemade diet in Tokyo, Japan.

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2020/02/16 Sushi Rice Bowl Class

I taught Sushi Rice Bowl class today. This class is a special since the customer requested menu for one of the attendee who is going through treatment for cancer. Also he requested additional tip for cancer patients. I added green vegetable dish for this patients first but ended up to changed whole menu from tempura & soba noodle class to sushi rice bowl class. They are the 3rd generation of Japanese and they know Japanese cuisine pretty well. Still I could give them many new tips for healthy cooking and eating information and shared short presentation “Why simple diet?” to explain healthy eating. They have nice Japanese dishes such as lacquer bowl with lid and chop stick rest as well. I harvested turnips, green onion and trefoil from my garden. I brought home made miso & pickled plum. We had fun talk about Japanese ingredients and I shared many photos for pickled plum making and vegetable garden.

2020/02/15 Sushi Rice Bowl Class

I taught Sushi Rice Bowl class today. They are a young couple and worked together very well as a team. They enjoyed sesame roasting process which makes very rich sesame flavor. I harvested Turnips, green onion from my garden. We shared hike picture since I hiked in Switzerland and the customer’s family hiked in Peru last year. He showed me amazingly beautiful pictures. So next my hike destination would be Peru.

2020/02/09 The Art of Sushi Class for Vegan

I taught The Art of Sushi class for the customer’s boyfriend’s mom’s birthday & retirement gift. His mom is a vegan so I created special sushi menu for her. It was so windy today that we ended up losing power during cooking class! He prepared candles and flash light. So we are checking the green vegetable color with flash light when boiling. I harvested Turnips, Trefoil and green onion from garden. She wanted to learn how to make sushi roll, so lot’s of preparation for ingredients for sushi roll such as dried mushroom, carrot and trefoil. She really enjoyed making sushi roll and also roasting sesame seeds. They are fun part for today’s class. We had power back towards the end of class and they can enjoy food with the lights.

2020/01/26 The Art of Sushi Class

I taught The Art of Sushi class to the customer & her teenager daughter and son. They love sushi and they eat sushi all the time at the restaurant. Both children are accustomed to cooking and they are pretty good cook. Also the customer is very familiar with Japanese food & ingredients such as Kelp, Bonito so on. She visited Japan for business at least once a year.

I harvested Turnips, Trefoil and green onion from garden. I brought home made miso, pickled plum. I added rope sushi and ball sushi to the menu.

Both teens did amazingly great job and both they are very good cook and they have good developed sense of taste which is known “Umami”. I really enjoyed sharing healthy eating lifestyle today.

2020/01/18 The Art of Sushi Class

I taught The Art of Sushi class today. When I get my customer’s place, a big moving track parked in front of the building. When I called my customer, he told me “the movers are loading stuff now, so the door should be open. You can go up stairs.” I went up stairs and met his girl friend and she was moving today! This is the first class I teach on the day who is moving. This is a Xmas gift for the customer’s girl friend and she is moving today during cooking class. So this is very unique setting class, when I ask about something, ” sorry it’s already packed somewhere” But she really wanted to learn how to make sushi and she loves miso soup as well. So she was pretty excited and she really enjoyed class. She felt the difference taste for miso soup from restaurant since I use kelp & dried anchovies for soup stock and use my home made miso. I am so glad she could join my class before she moves.

I harvested Turnips, Trefoil and green onion from my garden.

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2020/01/11 The Art of Sushi Class

I taught The Art of Sushi class in San Francisco. The class is a X’mas gift from customer to her friend. I harvested Turnips, Trefoil, Green onion from vegetable garden. They are very good team and work together very well. For my surprise, they liked Japanese pickled plum so much. I am so glad they liked it because it is super healthy alkaline food and keep body pH balanced. They love miso soup too which made of home made miso fermented for two years.

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2019/11/17 Japanese Pancake Class

I taught Japanese pancake class today and this class was the guest’s wife’s birthday present. I harvested Green Onion from my garden. They invited wife’s friend to this class too. This is family setting class and their kitchen was very nicely organized. I am so glad they have very good appetite. We cook Japanese pancake with pork & chicken, stir fried noodle with green onion & chicken, and agar-agar dessert. They finished all of them!

They are so sweet, they shared friend’s gift with me, which is very tasty strawberry roll from Japanese market.

JP pancake & noodle
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2019/11/16 The Art of Sushi Class

I taught The Art of Sushi class today as the guest’s boy friend’s birthday party. Total 7 people joined class, joking, chatting and laughing very fun class! One of friend enjoyed sesame roasting too much, it started smoking and smog detector alarm went on!

They looks like very enjoyed making sushi, miso soup and green vegetable with sesame.

I harvested Turnips, Trefoil and green onion from my garden in the morning.

Table setting

2019/11/09 Vegetable Garden Tour & Soba Noodle and Tempura

I hosted an Airbnb experience garden tour & Soba noodle and tempura class today. I escorted them to vegetable garden and showed them what’s growing now. The guest is Indian couple and their 6 years old daughter. For my surprising, she likes Japanese food and she wanted to learn how to cook Japanese food such as sushi. She wanted to join today and she cut green onion, peel sweet potato skin very well. I harvested Butternuts squash & Chayote squash from garden.

Soba & tempura
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2019/11/02 Japanese Pancake & Noodle Class

I taught Japanese pancake & noodle class today. This class is the wedding gift to today’s customer who just married few month ago. The wife visited Japan twice and she knows about Japanese food pretty well and she can cook too. She is a Italian and he is a German, so they are European. They are very health conscious and they grow own vegetables in the backyard. They are very sweet, gave me two big pomegranates which they got from neighbor.