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Japanese Cooking for Teens

Japanese cooking doesn't have to be so... foreign! Andrea Obana of Daizu Cooking will show you how to create home-style Japanese dishes by applying traditional cooking techniques to local NW ingredients.

This class brings you home-style Japanese cooking in an accessible, sustainable, and local way. Native Japanese foodie Andrea Obana shows you how to apply traditional Japanese cooking techniques to your own American kitchen by using fresh, in-season ingredients that you can find locally, with only a minimum of specialty-store shopping. Class will be a mixture of cooking demonstrations and hands-on practice of techniques.

Many dishes will be vegetable-based, but some will have meat (pork, beef, or chicken). Many dishes will have a fish-based stock, but most recipes can be adapted for meat-free diets.

  • Important! Wear pants, closed-toe non-slip shoes and a long sleeved shirt.
  • Supply list: Students should bring an apron, something with which to tie back long hair, notebook/pen if desired, and empty containers for any leftovers.

Class Outline:

  • Introductions, explanation of a Japanese meal, and explanation of today's menu
  • Demo: Instructor shows techniques for first half of menu
  • Students divide into teams and repeats prep/cooking as shown by instructor
  • Demo: Instructor shows techniques for remainder of menu
  • Students divide into same teams and repeats prep/cooking as shown by instructor
  • Everyone sits down to share a meal while instructor answers any remaining questions


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