APR 04,2010 - JUL 07,2010 (95 DAYS)
In Japan there are several types of restaurants where you can get a “Do it yourself” experience – which basically means you cook your own food right there on the table.
Okonomiyaki: this is something between a pancake and an omelet, and it is made with eggs and flower, a verity of vegetable, cheese, fish or meat, which the diner fries himself on a warm plate in the middle of the table.
Yakiniku: in Japanese “yakiniku” mean grilled meat. When you order this plate you get thin slices of spiced meat, which you grill on a charcoal grill in the middle of the table. I loved this plate!
Shabu Shabu: the name of this plate is onomatopoeia, and it derived from the sound the ingredients make when stirred in the cooking pot. When you order shabu shabu, you get thin slices of meat which you deep inside a pot of hot water. Usually the water also contain some vegetable and some tofu. This plate is not recommended for people who like their meat well done.
Japanese cooking workshop: Another option for people who like to cook (such as myself) is taking a Japanese cooking workshop. You can find (at least in Tokyo) great cooking workshops in English. I attended one, and cooked a full meal with sushi (salmon fotomaki roll), chicken breast and vegetable in a homemade teriyaki sauce, and for dessert – rice dough balls with sweet beans cream and a cold green tea.