My partner and I spent three days in Kyoto on our first trip to Japan, and booked in advance to attend a 90 minute 'obanzai' cooking class at WAK Japan. It was amazing. Obanzai refers to Japanese home cooking and we were gently guided through several recipes, ending up with a delicious and picturesque lunch. The recipes were surprisingly simple and we're already cooking them at home. Our teacher Akiko also recommended the local markets so we walked there afterwards to check out the ingredients and cooking implements for sale. Definitely recommended. It was an excellent experience.
This class was a delight. My octogenarian instructor was surprised and thrilled that a student from the United States had heard of dashi, bonito, miso paste, and mirin. Her enthusiasm was infection. The lesson was short but it was a good foundation in Japanese cooking. I learned a lot and I enjoyed eating what I cooked I chose the vegetarian option, with fried tofu, salad and miso soup, since it was different than the food I was eating in restaurants. The WAC center is in a beautiful tradition home in Kyoto.
Our vegetarian cooking class at WAK was great. Out tutor's English was excellent - she was interested and interesting. We also learned a lot about Japanese cooking in a short amount of time...and then got to eat the results! A fun and informative morning
If interested in really experiencing culture of Japan, this tour is not to be missed. Machiko, our instructor took us through step-by-step how to make chicken teriyaki, as well as other accompanying dishes, was terrific and both my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed making our own lunch in an authentic Japanese kitchen with all the correct ingredients. We not only enjoyed eating it all but also received a recipe booklet to take away so we can make it and other dishes ourselves at home. Yum!
An excellent experience with a wonderful instructor at WAK Japan Women's Association of Kyoto in a 100 year old house. We made a great vegetarian meal of tofu teriyaki that I'm now adding to my at home repertoire and I learned a lot about Japanese cooking and customs.