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
Learn about 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
Watch an expert 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 by watching a demonstration from an expert instructor. Some typical shojin ryori fares include tempura vegetables, tofu salad, and dashi-based soup. Feel free to ask your instructors any questions you may have about this type of cuisine. After your instructor creates your dishes, you will sit down to eat your 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 starting time for the 12:30 booking slot is 12:45.

Remarks

The time required for the experience is an approximate time.

Cancellation Policy

Cancel your booking at least 2 days before the experience start time to receive a full refund minus a 3.2% transaction fee.
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Experience Location

Over 14 million residents call Tokyo home. Functioning as Japan's economic and cultural center, it's no surprise the metropolis often appears at the top of travelers' bucket lists. Here, you can find everything from traditional tea houses to futuristic skyscrapers.
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Earliest available date: July 24, 2024
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Please note that the time is in Japan Standard Time.
Free cancellation (2 days notice)
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals