Haru’s Cooking Class

One of my most memorable times in Kyoto was Haru’s cooking class.  I learned how to make Dashi (soup stock), Aemono & Kinpira (vegetarian dishes), Tamago (omelet), Kobe beef & Miso soup!  The recipes were simple, but got me started in Japanese cooking.  Taro (the teacher) holds the cooking classes in his home alongside his wife and daughter Haru.

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Useful links:

  • Haru’s cooking class: http://www.vegetarian-food-kyoto.com/  I took the 7,900 yen class (~$90) which includes the Kobe beef option.
  • His Youtube videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/japanese1cooking/videos?view=0

 

Taro took his time giving us some background in Japanese cooking…I really enjoyed having the class in a house setting.

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Taro introducing Japanese ingredients to us…here’s burdock root:

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Some ingredients on display: bonito flakes, kombu (kelp), soy sauces, mirin.

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Printed recipes were provided to take home.

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Paying close attention!

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Having a good time and taking lots of notes!

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Prepping the ingredients:

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Everyone has hands on experience!

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Learning how to make tamago (Japanese omelet) was one of the best things I’ve learned!  I ended up buying a legit tamago pan before I left Japan! =)

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I’d recommend trying Kobe beef in the class, as Taro will prepare the beef (so we don’t screw up a few hundred dollars worth of beef!).  Kobe beef is like Lexus of all beef (only ~3000 cows are of Kobe beef quality each year).  In fact, it’s so exclusive it comes with an official certificate with a tracking number that you can…

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…find out the name, parents and entire ancestry of that piece of beef – ONLINE!  Unbelievable!

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Kobe beef….amazing glistening!

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Plating the kobe beef and vegetables:

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Our complete Japanese meal….looks STUNNING, yes? 🙂

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Here’s Taro’s daughter Haru…she’s a big bundle of joy…and dont be surprised if you see her running around the kitchen singing Japanese songs and eating candies!

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Hungry Cactus’ Verdict: A

Haru’s cooking class in Kyoto covered simple recipes, but the entire experience was extremely memorable.  I especially enjoyed learning how to make dashi (soup stock) and tamago (Japanese omlettes) from scratch.  As for kobe beef — I’m glad I’ve finally tried it, but feel my beef palate prefers beef with a little less fat.  You must try it though, as it’s very unique!  Overall, I’d definitely recommend anyone visiting Kyoto to drop by Haru’s cooking class!  Thanks Taro and family — arigatou gozaimasu!

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