Tokyo Sushi Making Class With a Pro Chef in Ikebukuro

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2 hours
Number of Guests
1 - 6 guests
Language
English
Learn the secrets of sushi making and etiquette from a pro chef in this private home cooking class in Ikebukuro (central Tokyo). Make nigiri and sushi rolls, and enjoy matcha and wagashi sweets.

Highlights

Learn the basics of sushi-making with a seasoned chef with over 10 years of experience and an English-speaking interpreter
You’ll make three types of sushi: nigiri, gunkan maki, and maki rolls
After the meal, learn to make matcha and enjoy it with wagashi confectioneries
Easy and convenient location: This class is only a 15-minute walk from Ikebukuro Station, one of Tokyo’s most famous fashion and pop culture hubs
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals

Experience Details

Let a pro chef teach you all you need to know about sushi making in this private class in Ikebukuro. Chef Odaira has spent over a decade working in a Kappo restaurant and later decided to share his knowledge through cooking classes, teaching children with special needs and their families and working to support their independence. In this class, friendly chef Odaira — with the help of an equally friendly English-speaking interpreter — opens the treasure trove of his impressive sushi knowledge to share some of his best insights with enthusiast sushi makers. The class will start with an introduction to the history of sushi, and an overview of the ingredients before Chef Odaira demonstrates how to cut the toppings with expert precision, shape the rice to make sushi, and assemble a nigiri for you to try. You will then learn to make three types of sushi: nigiri (rice and toppings), gunkan maki (rice and toppings wrapped in seaweed), and maki rolls with fillings wrapped in seaweed. Only fresh fish is used, so ingredients vary depending on the season, but nigiri toppings typically include medium fatty tuna, tuna, yellowtail, salmon, squid, shrimp, scallop, whelk and salmon roe. You will enjoy sushi with a delicious miso soup. Chef Odaira will explain a few basics of sushi etiquette, like how to put soy sauce and eat sushi with chopsticks, so you become a true connoisseur. After eating, you will end the class on a sweet note by making matcha green tea and enjoying it with traditional Japanese confectioneries (wagashi.)

Inclusions

Instruction and demonstration by a knowledgeable host
Nigiri and maki sushi rolls made by you (10 pieces)
Miso soup
A bowl of matcha made by you and wagashi Japanese sweets
All ingredients and tools including apron for experience

Exclusions

Transportation to/from the venue

Meeting Point and Meeting Time

The experience will take place at your host’s home in Ikebukuro (about 15 min walk from Ikebukuro Station, or 2 min walk from Zoshigaya Station). More detailed information and a Google Maps link will be provided upon booking.

Remarks

Food allergies and dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated.
The host might be able to pick you up from a nearby station upon request. Please inquire upon booking.
This experience is not wheelchair accessible. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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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For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals