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Izakaya Style Cooking Class

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US$ 70.77
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    What to Expect
    Take a deep dive into Japan’s culinary traditions as you learn to prepare home dishes which are not too familiar to you but are popular at home or casual restaurants in Japan. During your course, you’ll have the chance to learn preparations of typical izakaya favorites from a master chef before trying your hand at making (and eating) some of your own.

    Start your izakaya cooking experience at 2pm at the designated cooking studio located in beautiful traditional wood house in Kyoto, the location of which will be provided at the time of booking. Begin your izakaya session with an introduction to the history and origins of this lesser-known Japanese culinary tradition.

    Many historians believe the origin of izakaya dates back to 18th century when rice had been taxed to brew sake. The culture of izakaya evolved in Edo era when sake bottle shop started to serve dishes as well as sake to promote their sake. Now, izakaya is often used as a venue to have small parties at a reasonable budget throughout Japan from young adult to elderly.

    Continue your cooking lesson with an introduction from your chef to the ingredients and techniques that define the izakaya tradition. After following along with the instructions and demo from your English-speaking chef, grab your knife as you try your hand at making some authentic Japanese home dishes of your own. Learn how to make dashi, the typical Japanese soup stock, before learning to prepare a variety of dishes. Some typical izakaya favorites include spinach with sesame sauce, teriyaki yellowtail, vegetable chowder, mushroom tempura and rice with vegetables. Please note that your class menu may vary from the above, as the dishes are adjusted based on the availability of seasonal ingredients.

    Finish your izakaya cooking session by sitting down with the other participants to enjoy your dishes for dinner. Leave your session with the recipes so you can prepare them for friends and family in the future.

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    Departure Point
    Cooking Sun Machiya Studio, 679 Funayachō, Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto, 600-8466, Japan
    Departure Time
    2:00 PM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Dinner
    • All ingredients for cooking
    • English-speaking cooking instructor
    • Apron
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • A maximum of 8 people per booking
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 6 days ago

    The hosts of this event were fabulous. Very engaging and accommodating. The food we prepared was traditional and quite good. Recipes were provided so were able to bring home with us where we can try them again. It was a good opportunity to try different...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank ClearwaterJen
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    We had a fantastic 3 and 3/4 hours cookery experience. There were 6 of us and we had plenty of individual attention. The recipes were fully adapted for our vegetarian needs and I learnt some new techniques that I feel confident about using at home....More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank poppymum
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    Very friendly teachers, good English. Great afternoon spent making authentic Japanese food which is easily reproducible at home with the recipe sheet provided. Go hungry!!

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank olliebaker10
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    What a pleasurable way to spend an afternoon. We actually did the chopping and cooking. And then enjoyed the eating. Recipes are easy to follow, the food is great and the 3 ladies for 8 guests extremely helpful and engaging

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank Janine R
    Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    We fit this class in after taking one by the same company in Tokyo. One recipe overlapped between the classes, but luckily it was my favorite (grilled eggplant). Maia is a great instructor, and I loved hearing all of her stories from all the places...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Meaghan J
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