Cooking & Culture: Okonomiyaki & Calligraphy in Chiba

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Duration
3 hours
Number of Guests
2 - 8 guests
Accessibility
Family-friendly
Language
English
Other
Vegetarian
Join this cooking & Japanese culture class in Chiba! Learn how to make okonomiyaki (savory pancake) & side dishes from scratch, & master the art of calligraphy.
Highlights
Learn authentic Japanese cooking techniques from a certified cooking instructor
Learn how to make okonomiyaki (savory pancakes) at a home cooking class in Chiba
Learn how to make several side dishes (3+)
Learn the art of calligraphy
Take home English-language recipes to recreate the dishes at home
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals
Experience Details
Okonomiyaki: Japan’s beloved savory pancake stuffed with a medley of ingredients, topped with a drizzle of rich okonomiyaki sauce, a dollop of creamy mayo, a flutter of bonito flakes, and seaweed. Join Chieko–a certified chef and home cooking enthusiast–for an okonomiyaki cooking class at her home kitchen in Chiba! You'll learn everything from preparing the ingredients and mixing the batter to flipping techniques and artfully applying the condiments. Chieko is a culinary enthusiast from Tokushima Prefecture in Shikoku, Japan. Born into a family of farmers, Chieko grew up surrounded by fresh produce, watching her mother craft homemade meals in the kitchen. This upbringing kindled her passion for the culinary world from an early age. Having lived abroad, Chieko recognized the widespread popularity of Japanese cuisine due to its healthfulness, flavors, and aesthetic presentation. This fostered the idea of starting a cooking school… Today’s lesson? Okonomiyaki, of course! Okonomiyaki is derived from the “okonomi” (meaning “as you like”) and “yaki” (meaning grilled). This utterly Japanese street food features a batter base interwoven with a medley of ingredients. Cabbage, a key component, provides a satisfying crunch, while proteins like pork, seafood, or vegetarian options lend depth to the dish. It’s then topped with tangy sauce, mayo, bonito (fish) flakes, and seaweed. After you've made and enjoyed your handmade meal, learn the art of Japanese calligraphy! Write your favorite Japanese words, names, or characters (hiragana, katakana, kanji). Experience flow: Be picked up at Chiba Station (by your host) and transferred to the experience location Exchange greetings, settle in, and head to the kitchen Learn about Japanese cooking techniques and tools Make okonomiyaki and various side dishes Enjoy your handmade meal Calligraphy lesson
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Ingredients to make okonomiyaki and various side dishes
A bilingual (Japanese & English) certified cooking instructor
A handmade meal at the end of the cooking class
Calligraphy lesson
Exclusions
Transportation to and from the experience location
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
JR Chiba Station
Remarks
Guests will be picked up from Chiba Station by the host

Experience Location

It’s not just about Disney and Narita Airport in Tokyo’s westward neighbor — Chiba is also a must-visit for sports, nature, agriculture, and history, giving the capital a real run for its money.
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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