Tokyo Vegan & Gluten-Free Cooking: Onigiri, Pickles & More

Organized by Chef Chiaki
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Duration
2.5 hours
Number of Guests
1 - 5 guests
Accessibility
Stroller Accessible
Language
English
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Gluten-free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Pescetarian
Make a vegan and gluten-free meal with six filled onigiri rice balls, soup, pickles, and a side dish under the instruction of a chef in Nishi-Nippori, a short train ride from Ueno and Akihabara.
Highlights
Make six types of onigiri rice balls, and make a vegan and gluten-free Japanese meal with onigiri, soup, a side, and a pickled dish
Learn about Japanese food culture and dietary habits from your host, an experienced Japanese chef, restaurant and food store owner
Enjoy your fresh lunch made with seasonal ingredients and organic Japanese tea
Take home a recipe booklet so you can make these dishes again anytime
Convenient location in Nishi-Nippori, central Tokyo, only a short train or bus ride from Ueno, Akihabara, and Nippori
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals
Experience Details
Practical, portable, and comforting, onigiri are the basic fuel for Japanese students, businesspeople, and tourists alike. Essentially pressed balls of steamed rice (often with condiments and fillings), onigiri are not too difficult to make, but understanding their cultural significance, history, and a few cooking tips and tricks, you might never look at this classic Japanese food in the same way again. In this gluten-free and vegan cooking class, you’ll prepare an onigiri-centered Japanese meal with soup, a pickled dish, and a side dish. Aside from cooking, you'll also learn about Japanese food culture, dietary habits, and traditional foods from an experienced Japanese chef and restaurateur. You’ll be making six kinds of onigiri: -Yaki onigiri (grilled rice balls brushed with soy sauce) -Vegan mentaiko filling (pollack roe) -Vegan tuna and mayonnaise filling -Dried pickled plum (umeboshi) filling -Shiso filling (shiso is an aromatic leaf commonly used in Japanese cuisine, similar to basil and mint) -Kelp seaweed filling Your host, Chiaki, is a professional chef who owns a shop selling organic products and a plant-based restaurant in Nagoya. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience through Japanese home cooking classes with participants from all over the world while also catering to their dietary requirements. This cooking class is near Nishi-Nippori Station in a charming centric area in Tokyo, easy to reach via a short train ride from Ueno or Akihabara Station. After the class, feel free to walk off your meal exploring the district’s bustling retro streets, parks, and textile shops.
Inclusions
Ingredients and utensils
A certified cooking instructor bilingual in Japanese and English
Organic drinks
A take-home recipe booklet
Exclusions
Transportation to and from the meeting point
Additional drinks & purchases
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
Meet your host 10 minutes before the class start time at a designated meeting point 3 minutes walk from Nishi-Nippori Station. More detailed information and a Google Maps link will be provided upon booking.
Remarks
Please note that the class is not private, so there might be other participants joining on the same day.
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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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: June 4, 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