Food is an essential part of an immersive cross-cultural experience. It's like a shared language that allows us to connect with others through flavours and indulgences without requiring too much thought or effort. This makes gastronomy a significant component in one's travels. But what if there's a way we can make it deliberate, enough for us to be able to take home the authentic taste and feel of travelling through our palates? We've got just the thing: cooking classes.
That's right! One of today's growing travelling trends is immersing yourself in a quick traditional cooking class, allowing for love of food and curiosity to meet in the middle. Just in Asia alone, there are many classes you could take. Curious? Here are Asian cooking classes you should definitely book next.
Tsukiji Cooking in Tokyo
Despite Tokyo's renowned fish market finally relocating at Toyosu, Tsukiji Cooking retains its name from its former home due to its global synonymity as one of the capital's most exciting food hubs. Offering a variety of schedules that you could easily fit into your itinerary, Tsukiji Cooking includes a tour of the outer market where you will also shop for your freshest finds before learning how to transform them into a stellar plate of sushi (required) and another choice of course ranging from either tonkatsu, tempura, or robatayaki (seafood barbeque). They even have bundled rates if you're doing it with a buddy!
Lobong Cooking School in Bali
Not only is Bali turning into one of Asia's hottest and most accessible destinations (especially for beach bums!), it is also paving the way for Indonesian cooking to be more appreciated globally. And if you're one who frequently craves for nasi lemak, nasi goreng, and of course, their famed sambals (side dishes/sauces), why not learn how to take these dishes home with a class at Lobong Cooking School? Situated in Ubud, this encouraging culinary experience not only delivers a homey appeal even to kitchen newbies with their friendly classes, but they also offer vegetarian options for those who prefer their Indo-eats sans the meat.