My partner and I always try to look for things that give us a taste of the local life. Taro-san's class will definitely give you that. And, in my case, also educated me on Japanese food culture.
Our day started with a trip through Nishiki Market. It was awesome to have a local show us around and translate/explain things to us. One other person joined our market tour and he was a repeat customer (which speaks volumes to us). Having Taro explain various ingredients and food traditions to us was perfect. He was also able to translate my questions to the vendors. I would highly recommend this guided tour to everyone!
We then took a bus (and our purchases) to Taro-san's home in what I would describe as the suburbs of Kyoto. We met three other classmates and Taro-san's family. The class consisted of cooking miso soup, three sides, and a main dish. Taro-san is very generous when it comes to explaining and educating his class about ingredients. It was great to find out what Kobe beef really is.
The class is very hands-on but not intimidating. We all had a part in creating our meal for the afternoon. After cooking, we sat down to share a hearty meal. It was great to spend some time just talking about everyone's experience traveling through Japan and just meeting new folks. There was no rush to finish our meal and we felt very welcome and comfortable.
We had a wonderful time and would absolutely recommend Haru Cooking Class.
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