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Host: Yoshiko

Osaka, Japan

USD
$34-$68 per person

Heart-warming Japanese home cooking with a local mother in Osaka

Host offerings
  • House
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit

Meet Yoshiko

Yoshiko worked as tour guide for many years before she started teaching Japanese cooking at home. Proud of the cooking techniques she learned from her mother, a wonderful home cook, Yoshiko enjoys sharing her mother's recipes and cooking skills with others. She also enjoys creating and experimenting with new menus. Yoshiko values using fresh and natural Japanese ingredients and enjoys using a variety of ingredients in the healthy Japanese food she prepares. In her spare time, Yoshiko enjoys playing in her band and golfing. She lives in Takarazuka, a town located a quick 20 minutes by train from central Osaka, known for both its hot springs and its all-female Takarazuka Revue, a musical theater-troupe.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-4 guests) Yoshiko will pick you up in her car at the station and drive you 10 minutes to her home. Join her at her dining table for a meal that will definitely include at least one dashi-based dishes such as dashi maki egg roll, miso soup or teriyaki chicken. In addition, you will get to try Yoshiko’s creative specialities such as tofu gratin or steamed salmon and vegetables with a creamy sesame miso sauce. Yoshiko is open to be flexible in between 4 courses that are shown in Sample menu below, so feel free to let her know your preferences.

Cooking experience: (1-4 guests) Learn to prepare 4-5 Japanese home style dishes from scratch in Yoshiko’s kitchen. Yoshiko will have you start by showing you how to make dashi stock, the Japanese foundation that most dishes are based on. You will learn how to use dashi instead of water when cooking Japanese dishes to bring out the umami flavor of each dish. You can expect the cooking portion of your experience to last about an hour before you sit down to enjoy the meal you helped to prepare. Yoshiko will share printed recipes with you so you can recreate the dishes you learned back home.

Market visit: (1-4 guests) Yoshiko will take you on a supermarket tour of her neighborhood which will last about 45 minutes. As you explore the shops where she purchases different ingredients, she will teach you about where the products are made and the history behind them. You may purchase a few ingredients for your cooking class before you drive home together.

Notes: Guests can bring their own alcohol to enjoy over the meal.

Languages spoken: Japanese, English

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Mother's taste - Traditional home meal (Teriyaki chicken,Steamed salmon and vegetables with sesame miso sauce,Japanese dashi egg roll, miso soup, etc.)
  • Bento box
  • Okonomi-yaki with some sides
  • Gyoza with some sides

Traveler reviews

Excellent, good for beginner cook (me). It was helpful to see . Yoshiko prepared it first and then you get to try. A hands-on experience ! ( Kate ) Excellent ! Very healthy , too. 5 stars ! The menu was excellent though and we will use it at home . ( Jeffrey )
- Kate and Jeffrey April 03, 2018

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Yoshiko

$34-$68 USD

per person
100%
Satisfaction Guaranteed
  • 100% Satisfaction guarantee or your money back
  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Your credit card will not be charged until your host accepts your booking
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$42 $34 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
$54 $46 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$68 $56 Not offered
Alcohol
$5 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$42 $34 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
$54 $46 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$68 $56 Not offered
Alcohol
$5 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
11:30am-1:30pm 6:00pm-8:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:30am-1:30pm 4:30pm-7:30pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
4:30pm-8:30pm

Meet Yoshiko

Yoshiko worked as tour guide for many years before she started teaching Japanese cooking at home. Proud of the cooking techniques she learned from her mother, a wonderful home cook, Yoshiko enjoys sharing her mother's recipes and cooking skills with others. She also enjoys creating and experimenting with new menus. Yoshiko values using fresh and natural Japanese ingredients and enjoys using a variety of ingredients in the healthy Japanese food she prepares. In her spare time, Yoshiko enjoys playing in her band and golfing. She lives in Takarazuka, a town located a quick 20 minutes by train from central Osaka, known for both its hot springs and its all-female Takarazuka Revue, a musical theater-troupe.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-4 guests) Yoshiko will pick you up in her car at the station and drive you 10 minutes to her home. Join her at her dining table for a meal that will definitely include at least one dashi-based dishes such as dashi maki egg roll, miso soup or teriyaki chicken. In addition, you will get to try Yoshiko’s creative specialities such as tofu gratin or steamed salmon and vegetables with a creamy sesame miso sauce. Yoshiko is open to be flexible in between 4 courses that are shown in Sample menu below, so feel free to let her know your preferences.

Cooking experience: (1-4 guests) Learn to prepare 4-5 Japanese home style dishes from scratch in Yoshiko’s kitchen. Yoshiko will have you start by showing you how to make dashi stock, the Japanese foundation that most dishes are based on. You will learn how to use dashi instead of water when cooking Japanese dishes to bring out the umami flavor of each dish. You can expect the cooking portion of your experience to last about an hour before you sit down to enjoy the meal you helped to prepare. Yoshiko will share printed recipes with you so you can recreate the dishes you learned back home.

Market visit: (1-4 guests) Yoshiko will take you on a supermarket tour of her neighborhood which will last about 45 minutes. As you explore the shops where she purchases different ingredients, she will teach you about where the products are made and the history behind them. You may purchase a few ingredients for your cooking class before you drive home together.

Notes: Guests can bring their own alcohol to enjoy over the meal.

Languages spoken: Japanese, English

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Mother's taste - Traditional home meal (Teriyaki chicken,Steamed salmon and vegetables with sesame miso sauce,Japanese dashi egg roll, miso soup, etc.)
  • Bento box
  • Okonomi-yaki with some sides
  • Gyoza with some sides

Traveler reviews

Excellent, good for beginner cook (me). It was helpful to see . Yoshiko prepared it first and then you get to try. A hands-on experience ! ( Kate ) Excellent ! Very healthy , too. 5 stars ! The menu was excellent though and we will use it at home . ( Jeffrey )
- Kate and Jeffrey April 03, 2018

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$42 $34 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
$54 $46 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$68 $56 Not offered
Alcohol
$5 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$42 $34 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
$54 $46 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$68 $56 Not offered
Alcohol
$5 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
11:30am-1:30pm 6:00pm-8:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:30am-1:30pm 4:30pm-7:30pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
4:30pm-8:30pm
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