Food is a crucial part of travel. But what if, instead of just going to restaurants and konibinis, you could discover how to make traditional (and maybe not-so- traditional) Japanese dishes yourself?
That way, you can bring it back home with you when you leave. Localests’ market and home cooking tour begins, ofcourse, with the market.
You don’t get much fresher than this.
Osaka used to be known as ‘the storehouse of the world’. It was the commercial center of Edo period Japan and the remnants of this legacy can still be experienced throughout the city. During the market tour, you get the chance to learn all about seasonal ingredients, as well as the methods by which many traditional foods are made. (Do you know what bonito flakes are? If yes, have you ever wondered how they are made? If no, then come here so you can find out what they are AND how they’re made.)
These are what you (may) see dancing on top of your takoyaki.
After the market, it’s time to cook! The choice of menu is pretty much up to the customer, but if you’re not sure then Toki will be happy to give you recommendations. Above you can see a demonstration of how nigiri sushi is made.
Fish, fish, and more fish. (And miso soup and mushrooms fried in butter and soy sauce.)
You don’t have to eat fish, by the way, it’s just that there are so many good Japanese dishes with fish (of course).
See below for some tonkatsu.
Once the food is ready, you can sit down to eat with good company and good conversation.
Don’t forget to ask Toki for the recipes afterward!!!