I took part at att.Kitchen Cooking Class
Hi everyone, My name is Lorenzo, I am from Italy and I took part at att.Kitchen spring cooking Class!
Have you ever desired to experience the real Washoku (Japanese traditional cuisine) but you are still searching for a chance to give it a try? If that is the case,「att.Kitchen in Matsumoto, Nagano」is what you need to attend! I personally took part at this year spring class titled “Cuisine using wild herbs and vegetables” where I had the chance to experience Matsumoto’s wild herbs based cuisine. In particular, we prepared Wild herbs Tempura and Hitashi, and we dressed them as well with a sauce prepared with vinegar and miso.
During classes I was astonished by the chef’s skills and his confidence in washoku art, while he was swinging the knife with harmony and cutting in half the herbs! I must admit the herbs taste was a bit bitter at first but, as I got used to it I couldn’t stop eating. Then I realized that is the bitterness itself to be the secret behind their addicting taste!
You think this is all att. Kitchen has to offer to you? Wrong! What’s more, you will spend the night before the cooking class at Sugimoto’s Japanese traditional ryokan, where you will be granted free access to the Onsen pool and a chance to assist at the traditional soba making process! Not to mention the Japanese style super room for the night! And I am not going to spoil you the dinner menu: one of the most delicious I have ever tasted! This two days have been for me a great opportunity not only to taste Japanese traditional food but to meet new friends as well.
Now, it’s your turn to take part at this fantastic experience organized by att.Kitchen. The next class is called “Enjoy delicacies of summer!”, is held during summer ( on the 13th and 14th of June ) and you will taste the Japanese summer delicacies. If you want to participate to the cooking class what you need to do is to contact att.Japan staff by mail ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) or by phone (03-5289-0161) . Don’t miss your chance!
You can check the cooking class information in the link below
These are very rare herbs and some of them have a pretty strange shape. Look at this one. It is called “Kogomi”!
Here the dishes with the wild herbs.
I really loved the atmosphere inside the ryokan, so Japanese!
This is the room where I spent the night at Sugimoto ryokan
The master making the soba
*The information herein is as of May 2017.
Advice from chefThe true charm of Japanese cuisine is that, thanks to simple cooking methods, you can enjoy the taste of each season through the ingredients' natural favor. For example, wild herbs, through their astringent and delicate bitterness, announce the arrival of spring. The heart of Japanese cuisine is to use all of an ingredient without producing any waste, so let's prepare these dishes using the entirety all the ingredients and eat them all up! And, these dishes go really well with Japanese sake!
Comments from the Particpants- It was my first time trying to cook a Japanese dish since I came here. It was delicious! (from China)
- I love the fresh taste of the herbs and their curious shapes. It was a wonderful experience. (from Thailand)
- I really like the cute kogomi tempura. It was really delicious and healthy! (from Italy)