Japanese cooking class

Ever since getting back from Japan, one of the (many) things I’ve been pining for is the food. Simple, light, fresh and nearly always delicious, it’s a fantastic cuisine. I’ve read two books on it in quick succession and have attempted a few dishes using tofu and miso paste. The results have been nice and tasty – with the bonus of being very quick to prepare – but probably not very authentic.

crispy miso tofu

Luckily Josh bought me a course of 5 Japanese cooking classes at Atsuko’s Kitchen for my birthday, so I could learn how to do it properly. The first class was last night and it was so much fun.
Japanese cooking class
It’s held in the lovely Grocery store in Dalston and taught by Atsuko, who has travelled all over the world teaching classes. Her enthusiasm really came through as she talked through all the ingredients and processes at the basis of Japanese cuisine.

Japanese cooking class
Guess which are Atsuko’s egg rolls and which are the students’ attempt!

She expertly showed us how to make sticky rice, miso soup, egg rolls and wakame-sesame salad – and we got to have a go ourselves – then we sat down to a delicious meal of the results at the end of the class.
Japanese cooking class
Finally we made a rice ball each to take home in our bento boxes. I can’t wait for the next class.
Japanese cooking class

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