On our second day in Kyoto, we were set on taking a cooking class we found on TripAdvisor. If you’re not familiar with the app, it gets your location and tells you the top-rated restaurants, attractions and activities nearby. One of the top activities near our area was a traditional Japanese cooking class held by WA Experience Kafu and it had rave reviews, mostly for the very friendly instructor named Kimi! I e-mailed her in the morning and asked if there was an available slot for the day and inquired about how much it would cost for 2 persons. She replied within the hour and said we could go at 2pm and a class for each person cost 7,500 yen (a little less than PhP3,000). So we finally got out of bed and checked the weather outside.
It was very cold but still lovely! Grabbed some breakfast at the hotel before heading out.
Took a couple of photos while walking around
Almost got run over lellll
Passed by Shōren-in Temple because we had a little time to kill before our class
In awe of the garden!!!
And then we started walking to our class which was just 5 minutes away from the temple. But it was seriously getting so cold we popped inside a tiny cafe and ordered some coffee to warm us up!
And then we bumped into this cutie!!! Omg I feel like Joey would love it in Japan. Her fur would keep her warm enough hehe
Kung wa kang experience sa cooking, dito ka na sa WA Experience Kafu! #waley
Their short description on TripAdvisor:
“WA Experience KAFU” provides you with an occasion to be a part of Japan. “Wa” spirit means our Japanese love for peace, harmony and nature. We offer the experiences of washoku (Japanese home cooking), ikebana (Japanese art of flower arrangement) for foreign visitors in English. If you are interested in other cultural experiences, why don’t you join us? Here your wonder about “Wa” will be transformed into “Wow”!!
Isn’t Japanese rice the best?! It’s made from short-grain Japonica rice and we learned a couple of tricks to make your rice sticky and delish! When washing the grains, you shouldn’t.. How do I say this in English?? Tatagalugin ko nalang! Huwag mong lamutakin yung bigas! I usually put the grains in my hand and squish repeatedly, thinking I’m cleaning it better. On the contrary, you should use the palm of your hand and gently knead the grains. The water will turn white and cloudy.
So here’s the process: Put cold water in the basin with the grains, knead the rice about 20-30 times, drain, and repeat 2-3 times until the water is almost clear. Completely drain the rice by putting it in a fine mesh strainer and leave it for AT LEAST 15 minutes. Kimi says she usually even leaves it overnight if she wants to cook the morning after.
Look at me taking notes!! Hahaha!
So excited to make rice because we got a new high-tech rice cooker as a wedding gift! You know what I’m talking about, right? It looks much prettier than the old design haha I still haven’t used it but I’ll be sure to blog it when I do!! Anyway, while the rice was draining, it was time to cut up the ingredients for the main dish: ginger fried pork!
I took a lot of notes but I confess that I lost the piece of paper with all the recipes!!! Huhuhu. It’s here somewhere.. There’s just still a LOT of junk. ANYWAY, while the ingredients were marinating, we prepared the miso soup!
We also learned how to make tamagoyaki or Japanese omelette! I had no idea they had a special rectangular frying pan for making this!
It was so fun to make! Apparently, you don’t just dump the whole mixture into the pan. You do it by quarters! We used two eggs to make one roll good for Jim and I.
Jim cut up the omelette with perfect precision LOL
Et voila! Our traditional Japanese meal was ready!! The Japanese are very particular about their table setting and even the decorations in their dining room is changed according to the season!
Kimi taught us to put our hands together and say “ITADAKIMASU!” (“Let’s Eat!”) which is what they say before each meal!
She also brought out some pickled plums for us to try since the Japanese usually have this with their meals as well! I liked it very much!
Kimi was such a sweetheart the whole time. We had so much fun in her class and because they had a party the night before, she brought out leftover sake for us to taste! YAY! WA Experience Kafu also now offers sake tasting classes, FYI!
We had such a lovely time! As if things weren’t perfect enough, when we stepped out it was snowing!!! Grabe, I had never seen snow in real life and I was tripping balls!!!
We walked back to our hotel in the snow — we were freezing but it was so romantic hehe. When we got back to the room, the hotel brought up a complimentary Strawberry cake for us!
After a hot bath to make sure we wouldn’t catch a cold from the snow, we headed out for a late dinner at a conveyor-belt restaurant called Musashi Sushi
Each plate was only 140 yen (about 50 pesos) and we had 11 plates in total! Super cheap but very yummy! We walked around to look for a place to have drinks. We were looking for a live band venue but we only saw a band rehearsal studio.
I told Jim, “Hey look, it’s a gay bar!” and then he said “Exit yan ng parking!” Oops hahaha
It was so nice walking around at night
Found a spot called Ace Cafe/Bar where there was a good view of the city and the place played really good music.
We had a really romantic night talking about our 5-year plan hehe.
Overall it was an amazing day in Kyoto. More photos to come!!