Translated by Jasmine Nishino
Learn To Make Delicious Local Dishes at "Cook In Osaka Sashisuseso"!
Written by Eriko Mikami
"Cook In Osaka Sashisuseso" is a Japanese cooking class located in Sawano, Osaka. Let us introduce you to their classes, where you can learn to make tempura, sushi and more - with instructions in English!
Make Japanese Food in Osaka!
When one mentions Japanese cuisine, the range of dishes varies drastically depending on the region and ingredients used in various areas of Japan. Osaka especially has a distinctive gastronomical difference, as dishes such as okonomiyaki or takoyaki are very popular in standard households. Those types of dishes all use flour as the main ingredient and are referred to as konamon (粉もん flour products) in Japanese.
At the cooking class Cook In Osaka Sashisuseso, located in Sawano, Osaka, visitors from outside of Japan can learn how to make authentic foods from Osaka such as konamon dishes along with the basic way of making dashi broth.
For more information about food in Osaka, read 6 Dishes From Osaka That Will Satisfy Your Heart And Stomach.
Learn Japanese Food at Cook in Osaka Sashisuseso
Cook in Osaka Sashisuseso is a cooking school in Osaka, Sumiyoshi ward, Sawano. It is about thirty minutes from Umeda Station, twenty minutes from Namba Station and twenty minutes from Tennoji Station.
The four cooking courses you can select from are the dashi broth course, Osaka course, tempura course and sushi course. This time, we decided to join the Osaka course to learn how to make takoyaki, okonomiyaki and yakisoba noodles.
All courses begin with an explanation of dashi broth. You will be making a soup stock made with kelp, katsuobushi bonito flakes and niboshi dried fish. Dashi broth is a stock that is used as the base of many Japanese cuisines. Dashi broth is used even in the takoyaki and okonomiyaki made in the Osaka course.
Tasting the Dashi Base of Japanese Cuisine
Not only will you be learning how to make the dashi broth, but you will also be able to taste the broth made with kelp and cold water overnight. Taste the differences between the stock made from kelp from Hidaka and Rausu, Hokkaido. Despite both being made by kelp from Hokkaido, you would be able to feel the differences in flavor.
Many of the participants this time tasted dashi broth on its own for the first time and found it to be an interesting experience that you can only try in Japan.
Learn to Make Osaka's Konamon Dishes
The classes here are all held in English and come with helpful recipes written in English. The recipes contain ingredients that can be found easily outside of Japan to make cooking them back at home easier.
After cutting the scallion and octopus, you will mix the batter to make the takoyaki or okonomiyaki using flour, dashi broth, and other ingredients. Japanese cuisine may seem rather complicated, but konamon dishes are not too difficult, so even those who aren’t confident about their cooking skills can easily give it a try.
Once the preparations are done, we began making the takoyaki. In the class, we used a takoyaki maker that many takoyaki shops use professionally. In Osaka, you will find many takoyaki shops all over town, however, the locals of Osaka enjoy making takoyaki at home with their friends and family too. Therefore, many household takoyaki makers are sold normally.
As you can see, the participants in this lesson managed to learn the techniques to make a nice ball shape.
Takoyaki is a popular snack you will find at many outdoor festivals around Japan.
In Osaka, takoyaki is served at home parties among close friends. For the fun-loving people of Osaka, takoyaki is a must-have food for a festive time.
Next, we continued on to okonomiyaki and yakisoba. Like the takoyaki, both dishes are very common among the people of Osaka. Standard okonomiyaki uses slices of pork, but vegetarian requests can be accommodated.
Add the sauce, seaweed, and bonito flakes as the topping and you're done! The takoyaki made in the cooking class uses the dashi broth, so it is recommended that you try it without any toppings first.
The participants happily commented. "I was surprised it was so easy to make dashi broth! I want to make it at home", "I tried making okonomiyaki using a recipe back at home, but I didn't expect such difference in flavor by adding the dashi broth", "all the utensils were real and each plate and even the chopsticks rest was cute".
Take Home Dashi as a Souvenir
At the end of the class, you will receive a pack of kelp from Rausu, bonito flakes, and niboshi dried fish as a souvenir - meaning you can make authentic dashi back home. The souvenir is packaged by the instructor with hopes of "adding easy and healthy Japanese cuisine into your daily life".
On your next trip to Japan, why not experience true Japanese culture through food at Cook in Osaka Sashisuseso? You will be able to learn Japanese home style cooking in a relaxed atmosphere as though you were in your own house. It would surely be a special and memorable experience of your time in Japan.