Gluten Free Shojin Ryori Japanese Cooking Class

Learn how to make gluten-free Shojin Ryori (temple cooking) dishes with an expert chef



3 hours Class size 1 to 5 label $90 (or 4 payments of $22.50 via Afterpay)


Shojin Ryori is a vegetarian cuisine which is based mainly on rice, soybean products (e.g. tofu), seaweed, mushrooms and seasonal fresh vegetables and is traditionally eaten by Buddhist monks. It is similar to a vegan diet. Many amazing cooking techniques are unique and some of the dishes are not available at an ordinary Japanese restaurant.

This hands-on cooking class in Sydney will be held by Sumi Saikawa who was born and grew up at a Zen Temple in Japan where the techniques of Shojin Royori were learnt. Now she is working as a nutritionist and a cooking instructor to run many healthy cooking classes for adults and children.

The class 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 'Jyu' means soup, while 'san' is three and 'sai' refers to dishes - so ichiju-sansai literally means, 'one soup, three dishes'. Rice is always served as well.

Over the course of the 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 recipes back at home.

This class is perfect for a vegan diet. Dishes include:

  • Scattered vegetable sushi
  • Seasonal soup
  • Potato patty on Nori seaweed with homemade teriyaki sauce
  • Spring cabbage with sesame dressing.
  • White radish pickles

On top of your new knowledge of Japanese culture, you will learn:
  • An introduction of Shojin Ryori (Japanese temple cooking)
  • Basic etiquette of eating Japanese foods
  • How to make Japanese vegan stock
  • How to use traditional Japanese seasonings and alternative seasonings
  • To understand the benefits and potential risks of a gluten-free diet

This class is suitable for people who are gluten intolerant, follow a vegan lifestyle or just have an interest in this cooking.

Please note: All ingredients will be gluten-free, however, the environment is not totally gluten-free.


Knowledge Required
This class is for anybody interested in Japanese cuisine. Beginners, intermediates, advanced - are all welcome!
 
What you'll get
  • Delicious gluten-free and vegan Japanese lunch
  • Great discussion with like-minded people
  • Insight into Japanese culture
  • Recipes for everything you make
What to bring
Please bring your favourite apron, tea towels and a pen.
 
Suitable for

This class is a great indoor activity idea for individuals and couples as well as for a birthday, hens party, team building activity, corporate event, bucks party or Christmas party.

This would also be a nice gift for her, gift for mum or Xmas gift.

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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