Japanese food is popular all over the world and the most sought after; and for a good reason. Whether it is sushi or ramen that you’re looking for in any part of the world, you’re likely to find it, and most people absolutely love it. Japanese cuisine prioritizes simplicity and the use of seasonal and natural ingredients that give it amazing taste which makes it stand out among all the rest.
To create an authentic experience for Japanese food lovers, Kathmandu Marriott and Fairfield by Marriott Kathmandu brought Kyohei San all the way from Japan to give you Japanese cooking classes so you can learn all about real Japanese recipes that bring true Japanese flavor. With fifteen years of experience in Japanese cooking and teaching, Kyohei San is here to teach about Japanese cuisine and more.
The cooking class was a fun filled event that brought together people of various age groups and genders. A community of Japanese food lovers was born right there at Kathmandu Marriott and Fairfield by Marriott Kathmandu.
“This cooking class is not only for me but for all of our participants; I want to drop an essence of Japanese cuisine not only for cooking but for them to experience Japanese culture as well right here in Nepal at Kathmandu Marriott Hotel,” says Kyohei San.
Kyohei San’s class focused on four different dishes: Nasu Dengagu, Gomma Ane, Sushi Roll and Fruit Salad and taught the basics of Japanese cooking with personal tips and tricks that will elevate the flavor in various dishes. He also emphasized Japanese etiquette.
KYOHEI SAN TALKS ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCE IN NEPAL, THE FOOD AND MUCH MORE:
How has it been for you in Nepal so far?
Nepal has been extremely warm and welcoming and I really love it here. As I am a Buddhist too, it is a new and wonderful experience to see and observe various cultures and traditions of Nepal.
What was it like at your first Japanese cooking class in Nepal?
It was amazing and very delightful as I not only successfully conducted a cooking class but made friends which has left wonderful memories.
Did you learn cooking from your mother?
Yes, in Japan, at middle and high school they also teach you basic cooking so that you would be able to survive and my mother was a teacher who used to teach students how to cook. Unfortunately she could not continue teaching because she had to look after me and my siblings. I knew cooking was her passion and even I wanted to learn from her and from there my love for cooking grew.
What does cooking mean to you?
I believe cooking is important and a big part of my life and it is like watering your plants, which goes inside and nourishes you. My motto is to cook less which tastes best. The idea of cooking for me is that I prepare food for the person whom I like, cherish and love to make them happy and to spend quality time together, whether it is while cooking or eating.
Have you tried Nepali food and what is your favorite?
I have tried Nepali food and even street food. Nepali cuisine is full of flavor and unique tastes and my favorite is momo, which even reminds one of Gyoza.
How do you feel about Japanese food and cuisine being popular all over the world?
It is absolutely a proud feeling for me, that my food is appreciated and loved all over the world. But I want to introduce and give full insight of the Japanese culture. A lot of people know about Japanese food but they have very little idea when it comes to its meaning. I want to introduce a deeper meaning of Japanese culture. People visualize Japan as a place for sushi, ramen or even anime, but Japan is much more than that.
"The cooking class was a fun filled event that brought together people of various age groups and genders. A community of Japanese food lovers was born right there at Kathmandu Marriott and Fairfield by Marriott Kathmandu."