Ancient Zen Vegan-Vegetarian Cooking Workshop (Private)

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Duration
2.5 hours
Number of Guests
2 - 8 guests
Accessibility
Family-friendly
Language
English
Prepare shojin ryori, ancient Zen Buddhist vegan-vegetarian cuisine, with an instructor who is well-versed in this 700-year-old cooking practice.
Highlights
Learn the ancient cooking etiquette of Zen Buddhist monks
Cook delicious vegetarian food with seasonal ingredients
Practice with guidance from a licensed instructor
Dietary requirements can be accommodated with advance notice (kosher, vegan, halal, etc.)
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals
Experience Details
Shojin ryori has been made and eaten by Zen Buddhist monks in Japan for centuries and is still consumed by many people today, regardless of their religion. Buddhism heavily restricts meat eating, so shojin ryori is entirely vegetarian and can be vegan on many occasions. This cuisine uses five different preparation methods to draw out the ingredients' naturally salty, sweet, sour, bitter, and umami flavors. Each meal must also visually show five specific colors; red, yellow, green, black, and white, incorporating many seasonal ingredients. In this program, you will learn how to make an authentic shojin ryori meal with the help of an expert instructor. Some typical shojin ryori fares include tempura vegetables, tofu salad, and dashi-based soup. After creating your dishes, you will sit down to eat your complete and self-made shojin ryori meal and learn about the history and etiquette of this ancient Zen Buddhist cuisine. Enjoy creating a meal with fresh and seasonal ingredients, learning more about Japanese history and culture, having great conversations, making new friends, and practicing Zen through cooking!
Inclusions
Nationally-licensed shojin ryori (ancient Zen Buddhist cuisine) instructor
Shojin ryori ingredients
Use of state-of-the-art kitchen facilities
Exclusions
Hotel pick-up and drop off
Travel expenses to and from the venue
Additional food and drink
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
In front of Kikai Shinko Kaikan Honkan building (2 minute north of Tokyo Tower). Details will be shared upon booking. The address of Kikai Shinko Kaikan Honkan building: 3 Chome-5-8 Shibakoen, Minato City, Tokyo 105-0011
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The time required for the exprience is an approximate time.

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Earliest available date: March 1, 2024
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Please note that the time is in Japan Standard Time.
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals