Make Japanese Grilled Rice Balls (Yaki Onigiri) in Osaka

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Duration
1 hour
Number of Guests
2 - 12 guests
Accessibility
Family-friendly
Language
English
Learn how to make a traditional Japanese snack, grilled rice balls (yaki onigiri), with naturally-fermented soy sauce in this authentic class a short train ride from Osaka Station!
Highlights
Steam, shape, season, and grill yaki onigiri rice balls with a local instructor, using natural ingredients and seasonings without additives
Learn about Japanese cooking techniques with an instructor specialized in fermented foods and healthy eating!
Enjoy your two rice balls for lunch or take them home to enjoy later, along with a ball of miso paste you can make miso soup with by simply adding water
Easy to access: The venue is a short walk from Tsukamoto Station, only 6 minutes away from Osaka Station by train!
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals
Experience Details
Japan is home to plenty of creative ways to serve rice, and one of the most popular is the simple yet versatile onigiri: pressed balls of steamed sticky rice, often filled and crowned with nori seaweed. You can find onigiri rice balls in every convenience store and supermarket in the country, but not all onigiri are equal. Yaki onigiri (grilled rice balls) are brushed with soy sauce and grilled until brown and crisp. The result? Warm, aromatic, and flavorful balls of rice that threaten to run regular onigiris out of business. They taste best freshly grilled, so why not try making them yourself? The deliciousness of yaki onigiri depends greatly on the soy sauce. That’s why, in this experience in Osaka, you’ll start by getting an overview of the history, regional varieties, colors, and fermentation methods of soy sauce before tasting five different types, among which you’ll choose your two favorites to use in your yaki onigiri rice balls. Next, you’ll learn to make and grill yaki onigiri rice balls with a local host who specializes in cooking with fermented and natural ingredients free of additives. You’ll learn from their insights into healthy eating habits and customs in Japan, how fermented ingredients are used, and tips to incorporate into your own diet. You’ll then cook, season, shape, and grill your rice balls directly over the fire, guided by your host’s instruction. You’ll immediately notice their rich aroma as they turn brown. Once they are ready, you can enjoy them on the spot or take them home to snack on later, along with a ball of naturally fermented miso paste your host will give you as a keepsake. You can use it to make miso soup by adding water, a perfect complement to your yaki onigiri snack.
Inclusions
Careful guidance from the instructor throughout the cooking process
An apron, ingredients and utensils to make the meal
Two yaki onigiri rice balls, which you can eat at the spot or take home
A recipe to take home
A ball of naturally-fermented miso
Exclusions
Transportation to and from the meeting point
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
Go directly to the venue, about 2 min on foot from Tsukamoto Sta., or approx. 6 min from Osaka Sta. by train. A Google Maps link will be provided upon booking.
Remarks
Children aged 3 and over can participate in this experience with parental supervision.
Aprons will be provided
If you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions, please specify so at the time of booking and book the experience as Private.
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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Osaka Prefecture is the birthplace of Kansai-style okonomiyaki and many classic Japanese street foods. Centered around Osaka (the prefectural capital), the clash of trade, traditions, and modern technologies contributes to the dynamic energy of this prefecture overlooking Osaka Bay.
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Earliest available date: May 31, 2024
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For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals