Feel like you’re part of the family during this 3-hour private home cooking lesson preparing sushi and tempura at a Kyoto home. Get some tips on how to prepare these two beloved Japanese favorites from your hosts before enjoying a meal of your handiwork accompanied by miso soup and salad.
Begin your private cooking lesson with pickup by taxi from your Kyoto hotel by your guide. The time of your pickup will depend on the tour option you’ve selected. Proceed in your taxi to a local Kyoto home where your cooking lesson will take place. Join your family hosts and your cooking instructor as you begin your introduction to Japanese home-cooking and its techniques and skills.
Learn first to make sushi, observing the instructor’s demonstration of how to roll rice and add fillings such as sashimi (thin-sliced fish), cucumber, pickled vegetables, Kamaboko (boiled fish paste), egg or other home-made fillings inside a sheet of nori (dried seaweed). Try your hand at rolling and filling some sushi of your own, which as you’ll soon discover is not as hard as it looks.
Continue your lesson with an introduction to tempura, the deep-fried cooking style that is often used to prepare seafood and vegetables. Watch as a variety of fresh produce like mushrooms, along with shrimp, is battered in a seasoned mixture of flour and rice, before getting dipped in oil. Listen to the sizzle as the batter reaches a crispy, golden-brown texture, creating a crunchy, ever-so-slightly-salty finished product. Tempura can be tricky to get just right, so you’ll leave your lesson with a recipe in English you can use to continue perfecting the technique at home.
Finish your cooking lesson with a meal where you can enjoy your day’s work with your hosts along with some tasty side dishes. Dig into your cooking creations, plus miso soup (made from soy bean paste) and a seasonal salad.
Your memorable evening of cooking and fun with your hosts ends with a taxi drop-off back at your hotel.