Udon Cooking Classes 


Info about Japanese Udon Cooking Class 


The Annual Cooking and Food Festival in Copenhagen will be held from August 18 through August 27 and there will be 2 Japanese Mizusawa Udon Cooking Classes taught by Oiran Cooking School (This school has cooking classes of Sushi, Ramen, Okonomiyaki and more. Check their web site for more info http://www.oiran.dk) on August 20 and August 21 in Copenhagen. You will learn how to make this Japanese Udon from scratch and the savory dashi-based sauce. It is a 4-hour cooking class taught in English. If you are interested, please look at here: 




Japanese/Asian grocery stores in Oslo


June 2, 2017

When I came to Norway for the first time in 1986, I remember I did not find so many Asian grocery stores as we find now. After more than 30 years, we have some good ones in Oslo area and they carry also some Japanese food. Although the selection is limited in these stores, I wanted to make a list of things I buy from them and I hope this information will be helpful for you to make your shopping list for Japanese cooking. For those who live outside Oslo or far from Oslo, I recommend you to call them in advance before you make a trip to visit these stores just to make sure they will be open and they have the specific food item that you like to buy.

This list was made yesterday on June 1, 2017 and the photos of the shops were also taken yesterday when I went to these 5 stores and checked that they had these items. I also had a chance to speak with some of the store managers and I wrote a short summery of each conversation. As you know they may stop selling the product by different reasons and it is a typical and well known tendency in these Asian grocery stores. One of the store managers said to me when I asked about one product which I could no longer find on their store shelf: He said it will be coming back soon, they were having some problems to bring it in Norway from the Netherlands and it has been taking time. We need to understand that these Japanese/Asian products are all imported through a couple or several wholesalers and the distribution channel can get jammed. Even if you did not find the item in the described store, please do not get upset and I hope you will try again. It may be just delayed in delivery.

To you who came to this list through the Japan-Norway Society’s Facebook group and my comment about fresh Shiso leaves used at my last cooking course, welcome to my blog. I wrote about it under the shop “Maschmanns Matmarked” (the 3rd shop on the list), it is a summery of my talk with the store manager yesterday. I also added information about fresh Red Shiso sprout. There is a photo of this wonderful sprout, so please look at it if you have never seen it before.

The name of the shop and its address are placed on top and the products I buy from them are followed.  Some products are linked to photo image so that you can see how it looks like. Just click on that, you will jump to the photo. I hope it will be helpful for you to find the item in the store which is full of so unfamiliar and exotic products.

This blog post is not sponsored by any of the following stores by any means.

If you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Enjoy the list!!

(PS… the list was revised today Saturday June 3, 2017 and I added more photos on Sunday June 4, 2017)


1 Scan Asia (Address: Storgata 27, 0184 Oslo)
Japanese type short grain Rice (Yumenishiki)
Kinugoshi Tofu made in Japan
Deep fried Tofu (Atsuage)
Bean Thread Noodles (Harusame)
Black Bean Garlic Sauce (to replace with Tochijan)
Chili Garlic Sauce (to replace with Tobanjan)
– Kochujan (it is a spicy type with red chili in it)
– Miso
– Kikkoman soy sauce
Shirodashi (it is Japanese stock Dashi mixed with light-colored soy sauce and Mirin)
– Mirin
Sushi  vinegar
Sesame oil
– QP mayonnaise
– Bulldog Tonkatsu sauce
Dashi powder mix
Japanese curry roux mix (Golden Curry)
Young ginger (milder and less fiber than regular ginger)
Shimeji mushrooms
– Shiitake mushrooms, Donko type (thicker and rounder)
Enoki mushrooms
Chinese chives (Nira)
– Bok Choy (Chingensai)
– Taro potato (Satoimo)
– Yam (Yamaimo)
– Frozen Natto
– Frozen Spring Roll Wrap
Frozen Gyoza Skin from Happy Belly
– Pork ribs, Chinese cut
Quail eggs (Uzurano tamago)
Dry Soba Noodles
Dry Somen Noodles 
– Dry Kelp (Kombu)




2 Nor Dagligvarer Import (Address: Storgata 34B, 0182 Oslo)
Japanese-type of cucumber
Japanese-type of spinach with red stem end (Akajiku Horenso)
– Fresh ginger
– Fresh Italian parsley
– Fresh chives (to replace with Japanese Konegi)
Organic Red Kidney beans (Kintokimame)
Red Cow peas (Azuki beans)




3 Maschmanns Matmarked (Address: Karenslyst allé 51, 0279 Oslo)
Fresh Shiso leaves and Red Shiso sprout * see Note 1
– Shiso furikake
Japanese Panko
Itacho Miso (Shiro Miso for professional use)
Frozen Ramen Noodles
Sashimi package for Temaki Sushi (Tuna and Salmon)
Japanese Rice Vinegar and Japanese Kokumotsu Vinegar (less than 40% rice in ingredients) * see Note 2

Note 1: Fresh Shiso leaves and Red Shiso sprout can be ordered.
1 pack of fresh shiso leaves costs 89 kroner. As you know they
are very delicate leaf product and can not keep them out in the
store so long. If you happen to be in this store and did not
see Shiso leaves, please ask if they have it in the back kitchen.
They may be kept in the fridge to keep the fresh quality.

Note 2 : These vinegars are wonderful. Right now they are out of stock.
The store manager said they will be back soon.

Tel. 22553344
Epost post(a)maschmanns.no




4 Sunkost in Gunerius Shopping Center (Address: Storgata 32, 0184 Oslo)
– Organic Tamari Soy sauce
– Organic Soy sauce
Barley Miso (Mugi Miso)
They are very expensive but if you really need them they are available here.



5 Leif Helios Colosseum (Address:Middelthuns gate 23, 0368 Oslo)
Large Fresh Sunflower sprout (to replace with Kaiware Daikon sprout)



6 Skafferiet (Address:Elisenbergveien 7, 0265 Oslo)
Jerusalem artichoke, the far left on the photo (Kikuimo)



7 Coop Mega at Bekkestua (Address: Gl. Ringeriksveien 39, 1357 Bekkestua)
Burdock Root (Gobo in Japanese, Storborre or Storborrerot in Norwegian) * See note
Note: Please call and ask first. They do not have Gobo always.
Tel. 67818920
Email : bekkestua.mega(a)coop.no



8 Vinmonopolet
Japanese Sake (I use Gekkeikan for cooking)
Japanese Umeshu
Yuzu shu (sweet liquor with Yuzu)
Japanese beer 



9 Online Store Kinsarvik Naturkost
Organic Japanese Tofu from Japan
This store has many interesting Japanese food items:
– Umeboshi
– Umeboshi paste
– Matcha green tea
– Rice crackers Teriyaki Sesame
– Rice crackers Tamari Garlic
– Amazake dessert
– Oolong tea teabags
– Genmai tea




10 Obento (Address: Bernt Ankers gate 4, 0183 Oslo)
Tlf: 22 60 40 54
This is Nihei-san’ store (who owned Japan Torget before)
– Matcha Fine Tea Powder
– Japanese rice
– Instant Ramen
– Frozen sweets like Daifuku, Dorayaki
– Soy sauce
– Japanese seasonings
– Rice Crackers


Thinly sliced beef for some Japanese dishes like Sukiyaki and Shabu Shabu 

Here I want to show you how I cut beef for Sukiyaki and Shabu Shabu:
(I really recommend you to buy a slicer like this. When you are in Germany, get one, they have the best home-use small meat slicer)

I buy a big piece of Entrecote and freeze it for 4-5 hours.
Before you slice it, take it out of the freezer and leave in your kitchen for 1-2 hours.


Enjoy your Japanese cooking!

xxx Rie

A Cooking Class in the evening in Oslo, May 29, 2017







There will be another cooking class in Oslo on Monday May 29:

May Cooking Class 
“Bento 弁当 and useful Tare たれ”

The May Japan-Norway Society Cooking Class focusing on Bento and Tare will be taught in English. We will learn the art of cooking tasty Bento (Japanese style box) dishes and pack them into a box which can be ideal lunch for your work and school.
Tare means sauce, dipping sauce or marinade in Japanese. Having good Tare recipes at hand is very useful. You will learn several versatile Tare recipes during the class as well.



The deadline for signup has passed, it was last Monday, and I was informed that this class will be for a group of 5 people who love cooking. 🙂  It is a smaller group than last time, but I am looking forward to spending more time with each one of the participants and I hope everyone will enjoy the cooking evening with me. If you have missed this chance, I hope you will be able to come our next cooking class.  If you are living in Oslo, I recommend you to follow the Japan-Norway Society’s facebook group or their web site. They also send news by email.
Please check out here : http://www.j-ns.no    I may have a private cooking class on my own, then it will be announced on my Facebook page.

The class will start at 17:00 and the program looks like this :


17:00   Welcome and registration 

17:30   Cooking class starts  

            – Bento lecture part 

            – Tare recipe part 

            – Cooking part 

            – Bento packing part 

20:00   We will eat together  🙂  

            Something to drink and a dessert will be provided 

21:00   End of the class


I brought some gifts from Japan and like to have a little give-away during the class. It is something you use for cooking and making your bento 🙂

Looking forward to Monday May 29!!

xxx Rie