Global Healing Kitchens: Japan

  • The Chopping Block at Lincoln Square 4747 North Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL, 60625 United States
Japanese cooking class Chicago

In the global healing kitchens series, we explore authentic, home cuisine from cultures with strong food-as-medicine traditions. In this class, we'll dive into the plant-centered cuisine of Japan and the Japanese island Okinawa, known for having the world's longest life and health expectancies.

Stepping aside from restaurant traditions like sushi and ramen, this class will focus on home-style food and ingredients like seaweed, mushrooms, green vegetables, pickles, noodles and more. We'll also learn how sensory pleasure and aesthetic balance are connected to good nutrition through the Japanese principle of Washoku or "harmony of food." Learn staples like making dashi (broth), steaming, and pickling that you can apply to your healthy home cooking. 

Recipes Include:

  • Miso Soup with Mushrooms, Greens and Fried Thin Tofu
  • Cold Soba Noodle Salad with Ginger and Carrots
  • Washoku Bento with Rice, Spinach Gomae, Baked Sweet Potatoes and Pressed Cabbage Salad
  • Jasmine Green Tea. 

Class is vegetarian and vegan with the exception of an optional egg in one dish.