I will be home from Japan soon. It has been a great trip so far. But I can’t wait to get back in the kitchen! Also looking forward to the exciting Bite of PhinneyWood on September 17. I will be offering a special mini onigiri bento. Come join us!
We participated in the Comminity Market at Hyphen Asian Food and Culture in Belltown last Saturday. It was in the middle of the long holiday weekend, and what a great turn-out! We sold out within the first couple of hours!
We offered a variety of onigiri using Koshihikari from Fukui and brown rice from Great Rice, including Kozmo’s favorites Eggplant Miso, Beef & Burdock, and Asparagus Kimpira with organic brown rice from Great Rice, LLC. But the featured onigiri was Iburi Gakko and Smoked Provolone cheese.
Iburi Gakko is a smoked radish pickle. It’s a speciality from my hometown Akita, so you can’t find it in the US. Well, you could, but some of them are “fake,” meaning they add artificial flavors and additives. Making real natural iburi gakko is a lengthy process (takes months to make) and labor intensive. So you should read the nutrition facts of the product carefully. I brought mine back from Japan. That fact itself makes this onigiri very special, but the very smokey aroma from the chopped pickles and smoked cheese is quite a unique experience as onigiri flavors.
It was a great fun being inside such a cool space filled with Asian artisan crafts and food items. I was also grateful to see old friends and Kozmo’s regular bento customers in person.
Because we sold out early, hopefully there will be another opportunity in the future to connect with more people to enjoy our onigiri with love!
A lot of you have asked, so I’ve decided to have a sushi making class!
Let’s get together and learn how to make home-cooking style sushi for your family dinner or hosting a sushi party!
You’ll learn how to make sushi rice (the most important skill to learn), followed by several sushi styles that you can enjoy making at home such as:
Nori Maki (sushi rolls – traditional, reversed)
Temaki (hand rolls)
Temari Sushi (sushi balls)
Purchase your tickets HERE!
Date: June 3, Saturday, 2023
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm / 5:30pm – 7:30pm (Choose Day or Evening Class)
Place: Haller Lake United Methodist Church Kitchen
Fee: $100 per person
NOTE: Please choose “Haller Lake Household” for the pickup location.
All ages are welcome, but we will use sharp knives and depending on the height of the person, you might need to bring a step-stool. Please ask first about minor participants.
New Japanese Cooking Class at Haller Lake Community Club!
Let’s have fun together while learning how to make Japanese traditional finger food, onigiri!
What you’ll learn in the class:
- How to cook rice right for making rice balls
- Select easy and delicious filling (broiled salmon, tuna salad, pickled plums, cheese, bonito, etc) – you can make it vegan too!
- Form triangle rice balls three ways
- Finish up with cool wrapping methods that you can show off to your friends! Check out this video for the use of a plastic wrapper. We will provide the wrappers in the class!
- Kanako has extensive teaching experiences at PCC and other locations over ten years, providing private and event cooking classes, and publishing Japanese homecooking recipes on various publications including North American Post. Come join us and make onigiri like a pro! Just in time for a spring picnic!
Date: April 16 (Sun), 2023
Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm
Place: Haller Lake Community Club Kitchen
Please reserve your seats by making a payment to Venmo (@Kanako-Koizumi) or contacting us at email@example.com.
Or for an easy sign-up, go to https://shop.kozmokitchen.com/collections/upcoming-meals-1/products/cooking-class-lets-make-onigiri
Location: 12579 Densmore Avenue North, Seattle, WA
What an amazing summer month we had! The August bento popup and catering events were full of excitement, happy energy and new connections with so many wonderful customers.
With the finish of the hectic month, I am off to Japan again to see my family, celebrate my father’s 90th birthday and do some culinary research! So Kozmo Kitchen is closed in the month of September.
Please stay tuned for updates on when we will back with Kozmo’s virtual storefront. My dream is still to find a more permanent way to make people happy through Japanese Home Cooking. The environment is very challenging, but I will be exploring possibilities. I appreciate your patience and support.
As for private cooking classes, catering and personal chef services, we will be open again in October when I return. So, please send your inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you very much for your love and support always. We’ll see you again!