Gluten Free Japanese Cooking Class



3 hours 5 to 10 label $100 or 4 payments of $25 with


This class will teach you how to enjoy my favourite Japanese foods on a gluten free diet. Through the combination of traditional gluten free dishes Japan has to offer, as well as re-creating wheat based Japanese foods, without the gluten with locally-sourced ingredients.

You will be taught by myself, Sumi Saikawa. I am a dietitian and my passion for food and teaching has led me to be running cooking classes for over 25 years in Sydney and back home in Japan. The classes will follow the typical Japanese home cooking style 'Ichi Jyu Sansai'. This follows the foundation of Japanese cuisine since ancient times where meals consist of one type of soup and three other dishes (one main dish and two sides).

In fact, ichi means one and ju means soup, while san is three and sai refers to dishes—so ichiju-sansai literally means, "One soup, three dishes." Rice and pickles are always served as well.

Over the course of a three-hour, hands-on class we will work together to create each component of our ichiju-sansai. All components will be gluten-free and taught in a way so that you can easily replicate the meal back at home. The main's will consist of either fish, beef, pork, chicken or soy bean products with a combination vegetables as sides. Please feel free to let me know any preferences and I will try and accommodate.

On top of your new knowledge on Japanese culture, you will learn:
- An understanding of the benefits and potential risks of a gluten free diet.
- Alternative ingredients which can be used for a gluten free diet.
- Traditional and modern Japanese meals.
- Learn how to make Japanese stock.
- How to use traditional Japanese seasonings and alternative seasonings.
- You will be introduced to a variety of rice dishes.

I started teaching this class because many of our favourite Japanese food is made using wheat flour; Tempura, Ramen, Udon, Okonomiyaki, Takoyaki, the delicious list goes on... I have met many people on a gluten free diet that miss out on these popular cuisines, which makes me sad as they don't get to experience some of my favourite things that Japan's rich culture has to offer.


Knowledge Required
This class is for anybody interested in Japanese cuisine. Beginners, intermediates, advanced all welcome.
 
What you'll get
Delicious gluten-free Japanese lunch, great discussion with new food-loving, Japanese-culture loving friends and the recipe for everything we will make.
 
What to bring
Only thing I need from you is your favourite apron!
 
Suitable for

This workshop is suitable for a hens party, baby shower, birthday, special occasion, team building activity, corporate event, bucks party or Christmas party.

Location

St. Ives, NSW

Exact location is anonymised for privacy. You'll get the specific address after booking.

Your teacher

I was born in a Zen temple in Kobe Japan, which was an amazing environment to grow up in as a little kid. I was always in the kitchen to help make shojin ryori with mum (Temple cooking) for as long as I can remember for the temple. This was where my curiosity and fascination of food came from especially its part to play in culture and role it plays to keep the body and mind healthy.

From there, I graduated from university and worked as a dietitian in Japan for many years before meeting my husband and coming to Australia. My husband and I immigrated to Australia over 27 years ago now where we have made ourselves a family with 2 (not so young anymore) children. Now, I run lots of health oriented - cooking classes including "shojin ryori" for people living in Australia and Japan from all stages of life from the elderly to children.

My meal style: I try to give to initiative to prepare the foods even in a busy life. I appreciate the foods and I try to make food which will make me be happy.

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