Izakaya Style Cooking Class
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Izakaya Style Cooking Class

3 h
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About this activity
Izakaya-style dining simply means going to a pub-style restaurant and ordering food that can be enjoyed with beer or sake. This 3-hour cooking class teaches you some typical dishes whipped up by izakaya chefs. Make your way to the cooking studio and then follow master chefs as they instruct you in the art of izakaya-style cooking. After some demonstrations, learn with a chef by your side how to make five or six dishes.

While the origins of izakaya are uncertain, historians believe it began in the late 18th century. The name is derived from the Japanese words for ‘stay’ and ‘sake shop.’ The theory is that salary-men or laborers felt more at ease in a casual setting in which they were able to stand or sit while drinking after work. But now things are different as there are many upscale Izakaya-style restaurants all over Japan and in cities like New York and Bangkok.

Make your way to the cooking studio, located in a beautiful old traditional house, and learn about Japanese seasonings and cooking techniques from professional, English-speaking chefs. Watch demonstrations and listen to instructions, but in this hands-on class, you become a chef.

Depending on the number of participants, you’ll either be involved in all the processes or share some work with the other participants. Practice making dashi, Japanese soup stock. In addition, you might prepare dishes such as spinach with sesame sauce, mixed vegetable and mushroom tempura, teriyaki yellowtail, Japanese vegetable chowder, and rice with vegetables, mushrooms and soy sauce. (This is a sample menu only; the menu changes every three months, and always includes seasonal ingredients.)

After all the cooking, eat what you’ve made, and then leave the comfortable cooking studio with the recipes to make when you get home.

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  • Dinner
  • All ingredients for cooking
  • English-speaking cooking instructor
  • Apron
Not included
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • 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
Maria C
5 | 2018-01-14

Amazing experience to know better Japanese culture and food! I was the only one attending the class and Kazumi was great, explaining me all dishes, Japanese history and ingredients behind every recipe. I would definitely recommend it. Thanks!

Louis M
5 | 2018-01-02

Our family went to do this cooking class and had a totally wonderful experience. Firstly the instructors, Hiro and Mia had excellent English, were very knowledgable and could explain everything. In addition they were very patient with the less skilled me. The class was informative and fun with a wonderful dining experience at the end. My wife is an excellent cook and she managed to learn a few secrets about Japanese ingredients, cuisine and cooking. Compared to many things in Japan this was great value for money. Overall this was a great way to spend an afternoon and I would thoroughly recommend to anyone. Five stars

Alfred N
5 | 2016-11-06

Great Japanese cooking class! Took the afternoon class which was different from the morning one. All ingredients were provided and instructions clear. Class was informative with explanations of each unique ingredient. Made seven home style Japanese dishes including green tea sorbet ice cream...and of course, we got to eat what we made.

Global Traveler
5 | 2016-08-23

Great class! The instructors were super friendly and organized. The menu was awesome I've already made many of the dishes since my trip, and I really enjoyed meeting the other students in the class. I would totally do this again!

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