Respond to Review of HARU Cooking Class - Kyoto
Review: My husband and I went to Haru Cooking Class on 21 April 11, during a short holiday to Kyoto (from Australia). It was one of the most fun and worthwhile activities we did in Kyoto. We are vegan, and Taro (who runs the classes with assistance from his wife Yoshiko) was very accommodating, creating a suitable menu (miso soup, agedashi tofu, various types of sushi, sake and rice dumplings with red bean and kinako for dessert). The classes are run from Taro and Yoshiko's home. As foreign tourists, it was really nice to be invited into a Japanese household and get a glimpse of regular family life. The class was fun and informal, and Taro (who, incidentally, is widely travelled and speaks perfect English) was very friendly and put us at ease. Among the highlights for us were tasting a Japanese herb called shiso for the first time, learning the secret to the crispy, stretchy exterior of agedashi tofu, and discovering kinako, a golden powder of roasted soybeans used in desserts. We would highly recommend this class for other foreign visitors, to learn some easy Kyoto-style dishes and to get to spend some time with a Japanese family. (vegetarian and meat-based classes are also offered).