What a way to spend an afternoon. Cooking traditional Japanese food with your girlfriends under the fun, expert tutelage of Tomo in the comfort of your room at Excellsior and Sailfish Apartments.
Tomo was great to work with and felt like a friend right from the moment he walked in the door. He brings everything with him and does the complete setup from hotplates to table settings so you can just concentrate on getting the drinks flowing.
For our party, we chose to cook Okonomiyaki (savoury pancakes) and Shabu Shabu (beef hotpot). Before we started Tomo showed us all his knives and explained the science behind a knife fit for a chef. He went through each of the ingredients we were going to use and explained the Umi and flavour sensation and gave us taste tests of each. Be ready for the Yuzu. Such an unusual pleasurable taste of citrus with a pepper end pallet.
We then moved to prepping the vegetables (a little surprising that he trusted us with his knives given that we were on our 2nd bottle of prosecco by then). Tomo demonstrated how to cut each vegetable to present as a work of art on the platter.
I asked Tomo what the top rules for Japanese cooking were. His answer: “Simple and healthy. Respect for the ingredients you are using” This really rang true with our meal for the day. The Okonomiyaki were nothing short of oishii (delicious). We all mixed our own batter and added the ingredients we wanted so everyone was completely happy. We then moved to an outside table setting where Tomo had set up the claypot ready for the Shabu Shabu. The meal itself was so simple with nothing more than boiling water (and a sprinkle of one little secret ingredient) to dip and cook the vegetables and meat in. But the dipping sauces (one of which we had made earlier) gave a burst of flavor that kept our mouths watering.
Tomo is a Sunshine Coast local and available for booking a session if you are staying at Excellsior – Mooloolaba or Sailfish Cove apartments. We can’t recommend him highly enough. Absolutely value for money and an experience you will cherish.
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