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Become a Japanese Chef - Homemade Ramen from scratch!

San Francisco, CA , United States

About Your Host

I am from Yokohama, Japan, and worked at multi-billion-dollar bio-tech and high-tech companies. I traveled all over the world before switching my career. Before I moved to SF, I didn't realize how many Americans don't know real Japanese food, including its history, why we cook and eat the way we do. I decided to provide the information in the best way I could: by teaching how to cook. In 2004, I moved on to open my catering company, specializing in Japanese and California cuisines to satisfy the needs for an on-site Sushi chef catering. I also opened the first izakaya in San Francisco, Sozai Restaurant and Sake Lounge. Sozai was voted Best Japanese Food San Francisco by Citysearch in 2008. In 2009, I opened my restaurant and served as the Managing Culinary Director - it received Top 100 honors from the SF Chronicle, a Michelin Recommended acknowledgement, an SF Bay Guardian Best of the Bay Editor's Pick, and was named one of the Top 6 Izakaya (Japanese gastropub) restaurants in the US by Bon Appetit. In 2013, I introduced Ramenburger, which created an enormous buzz. I have been teaching how to make sushi ever since I started my catering company in 2004. I have been making Ramen since I opened restaurant and teaching how to make it since January 2015. It has been a very popular class as Ramen is getting to be known by a lot of people. Currently, I am concentrating on teaching how to cook Japanese food including sushi, ramen, ramenburger, and izakaya bites. I am available for private class, special events (corporate parties, wedding, etc.) as well as Iron chef style Team-building activity using Sushi or Ramen.

What we'll do

How to cook Japanese food: Ramen. Growing up in Japan, Ramen was THE fast food. Now that Ramen is as popular as Sushi, I decided to teach students the basics of how to make Ramen at home! In this a 3-hour totally hands on class you will learn: how to make stocks (Tonkotsu and Chicken) how to make Kaeshi (soup base) how to make chashu (Pork Belly) how to make noodles how to make Spicy Pork (tantan men meat) how to cook Ramen properly Here's what we'll do: 1. First, you will knead the dough to make your own ramen noodles in the professional kitchen. 2. While it rests, we will serve you samples of 4 differnt types of ramen: Tonkotsu Ramen (Kyushu, Nagahama), Miso Ramen (Sapporo), Shoyu Ramen (Tokyo), and Tantan-men (Chinese) 3. While  you enjoy the samples, I will talk about history, regional differences, trend in Japan etc.​ 4. Next, you will learn how to make pork & chicken stocks and chashu 5. Now you will roll out and cut your own noodles 6. Next you will make your own Kaeshi 7. Finally, you will be cooking your own Ramen with the noodles and the soup you just made. Your own Ramen taste great after the hard work you put in.  Enjoy them with your class mates! I AM PROFESSIONAL, LICENSED, AND INSURED!! We offer Corporate Team-building! Contact Mari to arrange the date and time. Private Class: If you have a group of greater than 10 people, you can hold a private class at wherever you want where there is a kitchen.  We will go to your location!  Or come to our kitchen.  Contact Mari to book a private class.



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    $105 USD

    per person


    $105 USD

    per person