Vegan and Gluten Free Japanese Cooking Class

Learn how to cook delicious Japanese dishes suitable for vegans and those on a gluten-free diet

3 hours Class size 1 to 6

label $95 (or 4 payments of $23.75 Afterpay)

Learn how to recreate popular Japanese foods that are suitable for those on a gluten-free and vegan diet. Through the combination of traditional gluten-free dishes that Japan has to offer, as well as re-creating wheat-based Japanese foods, without gluten and with locally-sourced ingredients.

In this Sydney cooking class, you will be taught by Sumi Saikawa, who grew up in Kobe Japan. 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.

The dishes you will create include:

  • Black sesame rice
  • Potato/Lotus roots patty on Nori seaweed with homemade teriyaki sauce
  • Eggplant with miso glaze sauce
  • English spinach and Shitake mushrooms salads
  • Vegetables miso soup
  • Quick pickles

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. You are welcome to state any preferences and your teacher will try to accommodate.

On top of your new knowledge of Japanese culture, you will learn:
  • How to make Japanese vegan stock
  • How to use traditional Japanese seasonings and alternative seasonings
  • Introduction of Shojin Ryori (Japanese temple cooking)
  • 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 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 pen.
Suitable for

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

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

Sumi Saikawa adheres to COVID-19 government guidelines.


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.

Verified reviews

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Christine Graf Jun 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended

The class was fantastic. We learnt a lot, the food was delicious, and our teacher was friendly, knowledgeable and lovely. It was nice to be in a comfy home kitchen rather than a commercial/class one too!

(The only thing I haven't really appreciated is unrelated to our lovely teacher, it is the constant badgering from Class Bento for a review. It's only been three days and I've received multiple texts and emails. Today I got told it's my last chance? I'm very busy during the week sorry, I promise I'll review but please let me so it in my own time so it can be a thoughtful, well considered one. Also didn't really like the "helpful tips" about what to write. Make them an option if I want help, not an invasive pop up)

Carmen Chan May 2021

We had a fun afternoon learning about authentic Japanese cooking from Sumi. The venue was spacious and welcoming. Definitely a fun experience and the food was delicious - couldn’t believe we made it ourselves! Felt like we were in Japan for a few hours! Thank you Sumi.

Andrew Howard Apr 2021

3 ClassBento workshops attended

Sumi was great with our children. And we bought ingredients on the way home so we could practice our new skills straight away. Thank you Sumi.

Nicola Rai Apr 2021

A relaxed vibe and knowledgeable teacher. I learnt more than I expected and I am keen to put it into practice. I would certainly do another class with Sumi to learn more about how to make Japanese dishes here in Australia.

Cooking workshop review by Nicola Rai

Analise Bauchinger Apr 2021

Thank you, Sumi. My mother and I really enjoyed the cooking class. Everything was great.

Cooking workshop review by Analise Bauchinger

Carla Rowe Apr 2021

Sumi is an excellent teacher. We had a wonderful time learning how to cook with her. All the recipes were delicious! We will definitely be making these at home. Thanks for a great time Sumi

Cooking workshop review by Carla Rowe Sydney

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Stefania Kikuchi Apr 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Sumi teacher was great and very helpful during the workshop. All materials were provided! And got to eat what we cooked. Lovely place, easy to find car parking and lots of fun. スミ先生お料理教えて下さってありがとうございました

Cooking workshop review by Stefania Kikuchi

Mann Bookluck Mar 2021

3 ClassBento workshops attended

Relaxing setting with easy to follow style of cooking, the reward is a tasty Japanese banquet to finish off the class. Thank you Sumi it was an enjoyable session.

Cooking workshop review by Mann Bookluck Sydney

Tamara Khayatt Mar 2021

Sumi was very welcoming and had everything well prepared and ready to go for us. The instructions were excellent and we were able to get hands on and cook a beautiful lunch that we all shared together. Will definitely be using my new skills and would definitely recommend.

David Doniguian Mar 2021

My wife Kate and I really enjoyed our cooking class at Sumi's. Sumi is very lovely and hospitable. Her teaching skills are good as well as she explained thoroughly each step of the recipes first before letting us do the cooking ourselves. Sumi also provided tips on potential substitutes for ingredients and accommodates all dietary requirements. On top of that, the menu proposed was made of a great variety of dishes and each of them was delicious. Finally, sharing the lunch together at the end made the whole experience even more authentic.
Highly recommended!

Sophie Wainwright Mar 2021

Overall an amazing experience Sumi is a lovely teacher with so much knowledge of the Japanese culture and food.

All good was amazing, her place is beautiful & we enjoyed an amazing lunch after lots of cooking.

Would recommend, a great weekend activity! Also recommended other great Japanese experiences across Sydney.

Thanks so much

Cooking workshop review by Sophie Wainwright

Alix Smith Feb 2021

Sumi was a fantastic teacher who made my partner and myself feel very welcome. The venue was well set out for the lesson with good visibility and a good class size. Sumi gave a great background as to why certain ingredients were used as well as alternatives. My partner and myself thoroughly enjoyed the experience and will definitely be putting our new found skills to use. Thanks for having us.

Dunya Can Feb 2021

Thank you for opening your home up to us and welcoming us to your kitchen.

Sumi and her daughter were so lovely and Sumi was a great instructor. The variety of dishes we made were fun and simple, we will definitely be recreating this at home.

Charlie Cavill Feb 2021

Sumi hosted an amazing class that was interesting, informative and fun. Sumi is a lovely host and a great chef who showed us many great recipes. Would recommend to anyone.

Kerrilyn Stratford Feb 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Loved the class. Sumi was very well prepared, presented the recipes clearly with good instruction. The dishes were delicious and I look forward to making them for friends and family.

Cooking workshop review by Kerrilyn Stratford

Ruth Blades Feb 2021

Sumi’s class was amazing. We took a friend as a birthday gift and we all had a great time. Sumi has a very interesting background and was clearly very passionate and knowledgable about food, we came away feeling confident to recreate the dishes at home, and source good ingredients thanks to Sumi’s tips. Her kitchen is beautiful and a great setting to cook and have a delicious lunch in. Thank you Sumi

Vegan and Gluten Free Japanese Cooking Class review by Ruth Blades Sydney

Aneka Henshaw Sep 2020

Sumi was lovely, we learnt lots of Japanese cooking and all the food was delicious. Would recommend to absolutely anyone. Not too difficult and there is plenty of guidance to help beginners but still very interesting for more experienced participants. Would do again, definitely.

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