Have you ever wanted to learn how to cook delicious, traditional Japanese food? I know it often looks like it would be really complicated and difficult to make, but if you take a Japanese cooking class, it all becomes much easier to do! I went to a fantastic Japanese cooking class, right in the heart of Kyoto – Cooking Sun. They offer two classes a day, both are for cooking different Japanese foods, and every season the menu changes! The ladies that run the classes speak English and Japanese so it’s easily accessible for anyone who wants to give it a try!
The cooking school is a little tricky to find, so they have some great directions on their website. The closest stations to walk from are Karasuma (Hankyu line), or Shijo (Keihan line). It takes only a few minutes to walk from these stations, but there are a few twists and turns so the best idea is to print off the directions from their website. (You can find them here: http://www.cooking-sun.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Cooking-Sun-Directions.pdf).
I chose to attend a morning cooking class in which we made a traditional bento box. The classes are 3.5 hours long, so you have time to make lots of tasty dishes! In my session we made: pickled plum and cabbage salad; miso soup; rolled egg; sushi rolls; prawn and vegetable tempura; and seared salmon. Everyone had the chance to make everything, as the kitchen is really spacious and they have a number of burners you can use when cooking. They explained every step in very simple and easy to understand terms, and they even provide you with a print-out of all the recipes – so you can make them at home too!
After everyone has finished cooking, now you get to enjoy your lovely creation! Everyone sat around together and enjoyed the lovely food we had all made ourselves. I had made so much food, that I had to take some home with me after the class! So my tip is to take some tupperware or little boxes to take some back with you!