Vegan Japanese Cooking Class - Autumn

Learn how to cook delicious Autumn-inspired Japanese dishes

3 hours Class size 1 to 6 (public classes), 3 to 8

label $95 (or 4 payments of $24 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:

  • Fresh ginger rice
  • Autumn vegetables soup
  • Vegetable Tempura
  • Shira ae: vegetables with savoury tofu dressing
  • Grilled eggplant with ginger dressing
  • Pickled daikon radish with lemon zest

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.

Aside from this class, this teacher also has the following coming up:

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 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 lovely gift for her, gift for mum or anniversary gift.


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.

Sumi Saikawa is COVID-19 aware This means that this teacher won't run this class if they've had flu symptoms in the last 14 days, and will adhere to relevant government restrictions (e.g. maximum number of guests).
Verified reviews

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Scott Venables Jun 2021

Sumi was an amazing host and teacher. It felt like walking in to a traditional Japanese home and we were made very comfortable immediately.
The place was spotless and covid friendly.
Sumi’s passion for Japanese food was evident and she loved teaching us the traditional way of how to cook vegan Japanese food, and also other options to alter it for those who would be comfortable to have meat proteins. It was hands on, interactive and fun! Lots of great pics were taken. It was lovely to sit at the end with Sumi and eat the food we made as a group and learn more about her time in Japan and Australia and what led her to running this course. 5 STARS!

Vegan Japanese Cooking Class - Autumn review by Scott Venables

Nectaria Alex May 2021

Beautiful clean venue, Sumi was very lovely and we learnt a lot of things! Thank you Sumi

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