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Katsuniman and Steamed Gyoza Cooking Class in Tochigi

Organized by Tsurumi
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Experience Details
Experience Location
2 hours
Number of Guests
1 - 20 guests
Wheelchair Accessible, Stroller Accessible, Family-friendly
Japanese, English
Learn how to make Tsurumi Restaurant’s famous katsuniman steamed buns and steamed gyoza dumplings during this hands-on cooking class in Tochigi.
Learn how to make Tsurumi Shokudo's famous katsuniman from making the dough to filling the buns to steaming
Learn how to cook delicious steamed gyoza from scratch
Create your dishes using local top-quality ingredients at a local restaurant
Eat your delicious steamed snacks or take them home with you
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals
Experience Details
You can learn to make two different delicious snacks during this specialty Katsuniman and Steamed Gyoza Cooking Class in Tochigi. This cooking class is held at Tsurumi Shokudo, a restaurant that is nationally famous for its specialty katsudon dish (better known as deliciously fried pork cutlet over a bed of rice). As an even more convenient and absolutely delicious snack, they have also invented their specialty dish called “katsuniman.” If you’re wondering what they are made from, it is pork cutlet filling inside a delicious Chinese-inspired steamed bun. Ingenious! Jump in and learn how to make katsuniman as well as steamed dumplings at Tsurumi’s Tochigi shop during this cooking class. Originally established during the early 1960s, Tsurumi Restaurant started out as a family-run restaurant but has now been selling their unique recipe for well over 50 years, including their delicious sauce (or “tare” in Japanese!) Now with branches all over the country, the signature flavor of Tsurumi katsudon is simply unforgettable and remains popular across generations. You will learn how to make your cutlet using ingredients like locally-grown pork, local onions with a sweet flavor, and delicious fresh eggs. Making the steamed katsu sauce will take about 20 minutes, then it will take 20 minutes to steam. In the meantime, you will learn how to prepare your steamed dumplings while the katsu takes time to cook to perfection. This involves filling and wrapping your Chinese buns using Tsurumi’s signature rice flour dough (giving a fluffy texture that is moist when steamed). This part of the cooking class takes about 30 minutes. Finally, everything is ready and you can either eat your delicious katsudon or take it home with you. Plus, you will receive an apron with Tsurumi’s katsuniman character on it as an ultra kawaii souvenir!
English-speaking cooking instructor
Tools and ingredients to make katsuniman buns
Tools and ingredients to make steamed gyoza
Souvenir character apron
Pick up from the station (up to 3 guests)
Transportation from the restaurant
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
Please meet at Ienaka Station if you are being picked up. If you are not being picked up, please meet at the restaurant Tsurumi Shokudo.
On the way back from the experience, please take the bus in front of the shop at your own expense. The bus to Tochigi City takes approximately 15 minutes.
Children cannot participate without an adult, please be careful of children as they could get burned.
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

Tochigi City is located just 1-2 hours from Tokyo, in southern Tochigi Prefecture. Notable attractions include the Tochigi Kuranomachi Museum of Art, which houses a range of artworks including ceramics; and the free Iwashita New Ginger Museum, which celebrates a new species of ginger root from Taiwan that guests can sample for themselves. Kuranomachi Old Town is also worth a stroll around for its Edo era architecture and traditional shops.
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Earliest available date: April 26, 2024
¥ 5,000
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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