If you consider Tokyo, then you immediately consider premium cuisine and so you should also consider Tokyo by Food. So what is it about this site that is so alluring? Could it be the diverse range of local activities you can participate in? Could it be due to their huge database of advice and insight into the Tokyo local food scene? It is all of these things plus knowing that you’re helping out people in need in Cambodia too, a simple but effective way to give back to the community.
Tokyo by Food – The Company
Simply put, Tokyo by Food‘s mission is to share the many wonderful flavours Tokyo has to offer with the big wide world. As any Tokyoite will tell you, it is home to the largest number of Michelin rated restaurants in the world. Through their range of events, tours and classes they hope to give you a taste of Japanese culinary culture and make your journey more memorable too.
Furthermore, even if you participate in learning experiences, tasting events and Tokyo tours, do not distress. Fluent English speakers take care of all tours, so rest assured any lack of Japanese skills will be a non-issue.
The site itself presents you with a broad range of food tours, cooking classes, tasting events, drinking nights and various other unique cultural adventures. The user experience is very simple and well laid out too, as you can search for your desired activity and filter by area as well.
We decided to try out the search function by typing ‘ramen’ into the search field. This provided us with 9 current events relating to this noodle phenomenon of Japan. The activities that were available included a number of Tokyo ramen tours and several cooking classes including gyoza (dumplings).
We tried again using ‘sushi’ as the search variable, and this time we were presented with a total of 20 results. The findings included an array of sushi preparation classes, a sushi and drinking pub crawl event, fish cutting lessons and an intensive cooking program.
Some of the event highlights we could discover from the site include:
1. Street Food Hunt in Shibuya
In the lively neighbourhood of Shibuya, you can find a food tour which is particularly inviting due to its multiple 5-star ratings from previous participants. You can try severals types of Japanese cuisine specialities such as sushi, grilled beef skewers, Okonomiyaki (Japanese-style pancake) and traditional dessert.
In addition to the journey of flavours, you will gain insight into the culture and history of Japanese food, and also daily life in Japan. To help make it authentic, all this comes from an English speaking Japanese native.
Priced at 13,500 yen, it seems very reasonable considering you get to try a wide variety of dishes plus one beverage and dessert. Furthermore, you get the local experience from a Japanese tour guide.
2. Wagashi (Japanese Traditional Sweets) Class
This class is based in one of the most scenic Tokyo areas known as Meguro, especially during the spring and autumn seasons. In this class, you can learn the art of creating delightful desserts know as Wagashi, a Japanese traditional sweet.
Wagashi is often paired with Matcha green tea and is the perfect afternoon tea or morning snack. Usually, used with fruits like strawberries, but other fruits can also be used.
In this class, you will have the choice between a wagashi only or wagashi and mochi cooking class. Going with the optional mochi class will open up the world of both mochi and daifuku. This will diversify your dessert creation ability even more.
Finally, once you have perfected your assortment of Japanese sweets, you can enjoy them with a cup of matcha green tea. Alternatively, you can also opt to take your creations with you to enjoy later.
For those with a sweet tooth, or looking to diversify your dessert repertoire this would be the perfect class to add to your belt.
3. Japanese Sake Tasting and Mt Fuji Painting
As a simply unique Japanese experience, this activity caught our eye as both creative and informative. Held in the swanky suburb of Daikanyama, the event is all about educating, food pairing and creativity.
At first, you will get to learn about the process of sake production. This includes how to pair food with the different types and tastes of sake available. Next, you will try different pairings of snacks and sushi with a range of sakes. All of which are brewed and produced in a Shizuoka brewery close to Mt Fuji.
Finally, you will be able to express your creativity on canvas. For those artistically minded, and even those who just want to try their ability, you will get the chance to paint Japan’s favourite landmark Mt Fuji, from various interpretations too. When all the fun is over, you will be able to take your Mt Fuji masterpiece home with you.
Basically, a great way to enjoy drinks, food and art all in one Japanese-esque package.
Tokyo Food Guide
Regular posts and blogs about the Tokyo food and beverage scene are also a regular part of the website. This is to help you make informed choices when traversing the various districts of Tokyo, and considering local food choices and restaurants. Thus, everyone should definitely explore that section in greater detail.
Food for Happiness Program
At the core of Tokyo By Food’s ethical commitment is its desire to help give children in Cambodia a brighter future. Thought its ‘Food for Happiness‘ program, for each event that you book through their site, you will help to feed 10 children.
They also provide financial assistance to children in Cambodia. This is to help support the soup kitchen operating in the capital city of Phnom Penh. In addition, they help with enhancing education standards and boosting the quality of life through housing projects.
Tokyo by Food is a site that wants to help you experience the true Tokyo in all its mesmerising tastes and culinary creations. So as tourists or anyone in Tokyo, we strongly recommend you embrace one of their events to make your journey more memorable, but also to give a little back to the world too. Check out their website now to book an event.
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