Service provided by TABICA
Learn the Secret, Home-Recipe to Make Tofu from Scratch
- Learn to make organic tofu from soybeans in a Japanese home.
- Practice the secret tofu recipe used by a third-generation tofu store manager.
- An all-in-one cooking lesson and Tofu making experience, easily accessible from Tokyo.
3 hour total
2 〜 4
Hi, I am Arai from Saitama-ya which is a family owned Tofu shop.
Everything here is made from scratch, that means you will get the chance to see how tofu is made from soybean to final product. We will also show our latest tofu recipes such as black tofu made from black beans, soy milk pudding, thick fried tofu, and vegetarian stuffed fried tofu cake. Tofu is a major part of Japanese food culture, so this is a unique opportunity to see how tofu is made in a traditional and organic way.
WHAT TO EXPECT
This tour takes you to a family-owned, small business that specializes in making fresh, organic tofu. Everything is made from scratch, meaning this cooking workshop will give you a unique chance to learn how tofu is made from a soybean to final product. Your host on this tour is a pro tofu chef whose store is loved for its innovative tofu-based creations. From soy-milk puddings, thick-fried tofu and vegetarian stuffed and battered tofu cake, to newer favorites like the black tofu made from black soy beans, your host has a wide repertoire and knowledge of how to make delicious tofu. Traditionally, tofu has served as a long-standing building block of Japanese food culture. So by joining this lesson, you’ll gain a first-hand insight into the backstory of Japanese food, and how to make one of its stars, tofu, in the authentic, organic way.
Meet your host!
A brief introduction about tofu.
It’s time to start cooking.
Temperature control is a key to making delicious tofu.
Enjoy making tofu while learning stories and food secrets direct from your host!
Eat the tofu you made!
(10:00 〜 13:00)
Take the JR Yamanote Line to Nippori St, change to the Keisei Main Line and get off Ohanajaya St. (approx. 40 minutes from Tokyo St)
Take the Yamanote Line to Nippori St, change to Keisei Line to Ohanajaya St. (approx. 40 min from Shinjuku St)
2 〜 4
Available Rain or Shine
We are unable to refund cancellations made after 17:00, 3 days prior to your reserved date.
Included in the Price
Experience, Interpreter, Insurance
Things to bring
Please wear casual attire
Bring the empty stomach and curious mind.
Outside the turnstile of Ohanajaya Station, Keisei Main Line [KS08]
Please note that your reservation with us may be canceled due to inclement weather conditions or heavy rain. If so, we will contact you at least one hour prior to your reservation via your original booking site.
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It’s amazing how much one takes for granted in daily life
It’s amazing how much one takes for granted in daily life, even when living and working in a different culture. Take tofu, for example; I serve it, or prepare dishes with it regularly, but had no idea how it was made, other than it being derived from soybeans. So I decided to join a small group of participants on Arai san’s tofu-making tour in Ohanajaya, to learn a little more about this essential part of Japanese cuisine.
The tour was very hands-on, taking us through the various stages of the tofu-making process right up to tasting the final product with a variety of savoury and sweet condiments. In this, Arai san was ably assisted by our guide and translator, Roland, so we were able to ask any questions about the process or Arai san’s life’s work. It was a fascinating, fun afternoon.
But I think what I remember most about the tour was the incredible flavour of the tofu we made by hand; I’ve always bought supermarket brands because they’re cheap, but after Arai san’s course, supermarket brand tofu seems completely bland.
All in all, the tofu tour is one any lover of traditional Japanese cuisine would enjoy and I thoroughly recommend it.
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The Tofu was unlike anything I’ve eaten before, sweet and soft, fragrant and warm… Delicious!
Before I went on the tour I thought that making tofu must be hard, but during the tour, I thought that it’s pretty easy… until I had to do it myself! haha, it’s very different between the masters Tofu and the one I succeeded to make. Thank you for teaching me how to do it Sensei! The Tofu was unlike anything I’ve eaten before, sweet and soft, fragrant and warm… Delicious!See moreSee less
Amazing experience for Tofu lovers
My brother and me booked the event to learn more about how tofu is made traditionally.
The tofu tasted so different from the tofu available in Europe. It was much more delicious, with a slightly sweet and silken touch.
Additionally, we ate the Okara and the soy milk that we produced along the way, which was surprisingly a culinary delight. Arai answered all the questions that we had during the experience. The interpreter did a good job as well.
Next time it would be nice to taste all the different varieties of the Tofu produced by Arai.
Overall a recommendable experience that is very unique, even in Japan. See moreSee less