Umeshu (梅酒) is often called Plum wine but I think it is more like a sweet-sour cordial liqueur. For me, making Umeshu is a seasonal event in June. Fresh green ume plums are sold only in this early summer season, so when I find them in a supermarket, I won’t miss them. As it’s so easy to make, many families in Japan enjoy making umeshu with their own recipes. White liquor or Shochu is typically used, but some use brandy, whiskey, or Japanese sake (rice wine). As I don’t like a too sweet taste, I use less sugar. Furthermore, you can change not only the amount of sugar but also the type of sugar to give them different kind of sweetness. We bring homemade umeshu together and enjoy various kinds of tastes with friends. Oh, I also have to mention
Hi! I'm Junko, the owner of JJ Kitchen in Tokyo. Supporting me is my good foodie friend, Eiko.We love to cook, eat, and drink with our friends. We talk nonstop about the foods and drinks we’re interested in, and often enjoy throwing home parties with friends on the weekends. The happy smiles of our guests are the biggest treat for us. We will welcome you to our kitchen with all our hearts :)
Dear our wonderful members and guests,It is with deep sadness to announce that we have decided to close JJ Kitchen for the time being.During the past 5 years, we have enjoyed cooking and discussing cultural issues with each and everyone. However, Junko had a stroke in June and is currently in the hospital undergoing physiotherapy. Since we do not know how long this will take, we have come to the conclusion to close our doors. For those of you that still have our vouchers, we will be contacting you separately.For JJ Kitchen members, we will contact you regarding future lessons.We thank you all for the love and support you have shown JJ Kitchen, and we hope that we can cook together again.