Join your local host Satoru in his kitchen and learn how to cook 2-3 homestyle Japanese dishes from scratch. You can expect your cooking class to take about an hour and a half before you sit down and share the meal you helped to prepare over engaging conversation with Satoru. Feel free to ask him about the ingredients that go into making the dish, from savory dashi to sweet organic honey, and he will give you tips and a story relating to his choice. Your menu might include teishoku (a fixed plate of miso soup, donburi, tonjiru and rice) or chirashi sushi or Japanese street food treats like okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake) or karaage (fried chicken). Sato is happy to tailor the menu to your preferences so feel free to request a particular dish when making your booking. Join this welcoming local, and return home with recipes, lifelong memories and a gift of one of Sato's special Japanese utensils and a favorite ingredient so you can recreate his dishes back home.
Satoru was born in Hokkaido and grew up surrounded by nature and large vegetable fields. As a child, he would always harvest fresh vegetables from his family's fields and cook with his mother and grandmother who were wonderful home cooks. His grandmother never compromised in quality or technique when cooking and taught him everything she knew. Satoru is now a passionate home cook himself. His grandfather owned an organic miso factory that Satoru believed to be the best in the world. Although it closed after his grandfather passed away, his grandfather passed down his miso making techniques to his mother who sends Sato her handmade organic miso. This miso is the secret of Satoru's signature miso soup, something you won't want to miss. Satoru enjoys teaching people about Japanese food and helping them explore his local culture through food. He believes that there are so many delicious homemade Japanese foods that cannot be found in the restaurants and delights in sharing these dishes with travelers.