As we regularly enjoy some more exotic dishes at home we thought it would be fun to follow an Osaka cooking class. We already thought we wouldn’t be able to find all the ingredients in Belgium. So for us it was more about the experience, it seemed like a fun thing to do in Osaka, rather than being able to recreate the recipes at home.  But at least we would know where all these unique flavors come from that we have tasted in the past days and weeks. Here we will share our experience with an Osaka cooking class.

Our Osaka cooking class

After some research online we found Yucco’s very professional looking website “Experieat, Osaka Flavors” and after a talk with Yucco we could look forward to our own personal Ramen and Gyoza Japanese cooking class experience. Our group consisted of just us, but in any case, it will always be a small group as the Japanese cooking classes are held in the cozy setting of her living room. Which is kinda fun as we got a little bit of an idea of how the average Japanese lives.

Ramen and Gyoza’s

Ramen and  Gyoza’s are typical Japanese dishes that are often on the menu in a restaurant and you should try it at least once during your trip in Japan.

Upon arrival, we noticed that Yucco had already been busy with the preparations. Looking back that was a good thing because once we started the 4 hours of cooking lessons just flew by.

We first started with our soup. For this Ramen soup, quite a few ingredients were used. This is typical in Japan. For a good dish, they aim to use at least 16 ingredients. In addition to this fact, Yucco also explained all herbs and vegetables that ended up in the soup. This gave us a better picture of what we had eaten in the last few days and weeks. This might sound strange, but it was often very difficult to get an English written menu in a restaurant. And even if it was in English, we often didn’t understand what the dish was exactly. Yucco’s explanations also gave us a better idea of the different types of noodles used. We didn’t have a clue that there were that many different types of noodles.  And finally, we learned a lot about other typical dishes like okonomiyaki and yakisoba. As you can see, one of Osaka fun things to do but also very educational :-)!

Yucco’s English was remarkably better than the English skills of the staff we encountered in most restaurants and it was fun to chat about daily life while cooking. She told us that Japanese eat rice with every dish. Even at breakfast. Rice is the most important dish in the kitchen. We had already noticed the bowls of rice and the miso soups at the breakfast buffets in our hotels and we also noticed how Japanese consistently preferred these options over the Western buffet. Not so for us. We always ate Japanese food, but for breakfast we preferred bacon and eggs over miso soup and rice.

While the soup was simmering we could start making the gyozas. Gyozas are a Japanese version of the well-known Chinese dumplings. Unlike in China, gyozas are steamed and fried making them soft on top and a crispy at the bottom. Pretty good! We made 2 separate versions of Gyozas with different ingredients but also folded in a different way. We couldn’t really master the more advanced folding techniques but that didn’t bother us.

The reward obviously came at the end, when we could eat all the goodies we had made. A hearty meal!

With some pride, we can say that thanks to Yucco, we made the tastiest ramen that we have had in Japan. Yucco clearly knows what she is talking about and with her tips and guidance, everybody can make an excellent Japanese meal. And because she speaks English very well it is also nice to just talk and to learn more about the Japanese kitchen and life in general in Japan.  If you’re looking for a fun thing to do in Osaka we can certainly recommend Yucco’s cooking class in Osaka, Experieat, Osaka Flavors.

The gyozas were also a success. At least the taste, the looks could still be improved. 🙂

Conclusion

This Japanese cooking class was definitely a unique experience. As we expected it is really not easy to find all the ingredients at home but it was certainly worth to learn about the healthy Japanese cuisine.

If you like following a cooking class, take a look at this cooking classes that you can take around the world.

What did we think about the Japanese cuisine in general?

The Japanese cuisine surprised us in a positive way. Ok, we didn’t like everything equally but thanks to the large variety there were also a lot of things that we did like. And what struck us after 3 weeks in Japan is that we didn’t long once for some familiar Belgian food.  Something that we did experience in many other countries that had a less diverse kitchen.

Usually, something healthy is not tasty and vice versa but apparently not so in Japan. We came home after having enjoyed Japanese dishes for 3 weeks and we discovered that we both had lost weight. As we usually rather gain weight instead, this was a totally unexpected but nice surprise. And of course we walked a lot, you can easily walk 10.000 steps in those impressive Japanese cities, but that is no different from our other trips. So, the healthy food probably had something to do with it. Another reason for a trip to Japan maybe? 😉

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