Uzuki. Japanese Homestyle Cooking Classes in Kyoto
If you have found yourself here there’s a fairly good chance you like to travel, eat and cook? And if possible combine the three? If so you may be interested in doing something a little off the regular tourist route when you are in Kyoto town.
The charming Emi Hirayama holds seasonal savoury and wagashi (traditional confectionary) classes in her home and I was lucky to score a spot one of her Spring cuisine classes a few years ago. Since then I’ve recommended many people to Emi’s classes and they have all loved it – and her!
Including Emi-san there were just four of us in her kitchen, an older American couple and myself and we shared a lovely couple of hours cooking together, learning about seasonal cuisine and the wonders of Kyoto before enjoying a meal around the kitchen table sampling our wares.
Our simple menu consisted of :
Rice with peas and salted sakura (cherry blossom flowers)
Nanohana ( canola greens) with scallops, mustard dressing and sansho
Sauteed Rolled beef and mushrooms with freshly grated wasabi
Marinated grilled fish
Prawn and vegetable kakiage
Seared Nama fu ( wheat gluten) with sweet saikyo miso and fresh kinome (sansho leaves)
It was a lovely experience – not just for the learning and the food but for the chance to step inside someone’s Kyoto home. Opportunities are rare for foreign visitors to spend time in a Japanese house – which is a shame as it can really make one feel more connected to the country’s culture. I highly recommend Emi san’s classes for general foodies and people interested in getting a little deeper with their travel experience. She usually takes 4 people maximum and she will do a private class for one if you ask her nicely – the fee is a little higher than what you would pay as a group member of course.
Here’s the link to the cooking school
If you make it to Emi’s place please give her my regards !