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Discover the culture behind ‘Izakaya’ Japanese dining which is similar to pub food in the other countries during a 3 to 3.5-hour cooking class with dinner in Kyoto. Learn five or six of the popular home dishes during a session with a master chef before preparing and eating your own izakaya-style creations. It’s the perfect chance to explore the country’s cuisine beyond the typical sushi and teriyaki offerings. Your izakaya cooking session also includes all ingredients, an instructor and an apron.

Highlights

  • A 3-hour Izakaya-style cooking class in Kyoto
  • Watch demonstrations by master chefs
  • Learn Japanese seasoning techniques as well as how to prepare dashi, Japanese soup stock
  • Cook five or six dishes following a chef’s instructions
  • Eat what you cook when you’re finished
  • Take the recipes home and cook these dishes for friends and family

What You Can Expect

Izakaya Style Cooking Class

Japanese Cooking Class: Izakaya Style

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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Customer Reviews

Alfred N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

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.

Jennifer L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

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!

Elizabeth P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

The cooking class was wonderful, interactive, and detailed. They even adjusted it for the vegetarian in the group. It's a little tricky to find but well worth it!

kiernanthomas

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Our cooking class experience was fantastic. Great instruction and lots if hands on participation. It was also great fun finding cooking sun amongst all the streets without names!

Katherine A Q

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was a very enjoyable class. Two of us went in knowing some Japanese style cooking and the other two were complete novices. All of us walked away learning new methods and recipes. Some of the ingredients I was not sure I could find in the states so I asked if they would write the name in kanji and romanji so I could take to local store to purchase and take home. It was such a help as I got what I needed and can recreate recipes at home. It goes without saying, that the best part was eating what we had just cooked!

meritbadge

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Good food, great teachers

Julie L G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

My boyfriend and I were caught up in Kyoto on a very rainy day and this cooking class was a wonderful way to spend a wet day indoors! The cooking class was extremely enjoyable - we did the afternoon class and cooked and ate our way through a four course meal which was absolutely delicious. We are going to try some of these recipes back home in Australia - would definitely recommend this for a fun afternoon.

LOREEN L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

This cooking class was great!

The day for my class fell on a public holiday and I was the only student that afternoon. This was probably what made it such a great experience as I had all the attention from the teacher. She was so lovely! She taught me about some basic ingredients and the differences between certain ingredients soy sauce, miso etc. The class was very casual. We just talked through the class and after class we talked some more over tea with the founder of Cooking Sun. I learnt a great deal and keen to start cooking some Japanese food back at home.

Highly recommend! I wouldve booked a morning class the next day but had to leave Kyoto

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