While Torbay may not be a large city it is still a multi-cultural one. We have been lucky enough to team up with a local Japanese Noodle bar who have agreed to join our Venue Affiliation scheme where they offer our students a discount on all meals but as well as this they are running an amazing Japanese culture and cooking club that is proving to be a big hit without students from across the world.
The restaurant is managed by Paul Bell Kyoko who both lived in Osaka but he club is led by Kyoko and Mosimi and covers everything from Japanese culture including dressing in Kimonos to Japanese art work and pottery. In the first week we learned a little about Japan including the geography of the islands and its history often on the fringes of Asian History.
It wouldn’t be a Japanese club though without learning to cook some amazing Japanese food and this week we started with sushi rolling. And we made some amazing dishes.
Sushi is the Japanese preparation and serving of specially prepared vinegared rice combined with varied ingredients such as chiefly seafood (often uncooked), vegetables, and occasionally tropical fruits. Styles of sushi and its presentation vary widely, but the key ingredient is sushi rice, also referred to as shari.
Sushi can be prepared with either brown or white rice. It is often prepared with raw seafood, but some varieties of sushi use cooked ingredients, and many other are vegetarian. Sushi is often served with pickled ginger, wasabi, and soy sauce. Daikon radish is popular as a garnish.
The amazing thing about this club is the fact that we get the opportunity to hang out in a fantastic Japanese noodle bar in the town and the hosts Kyoko and Mosimi are so funny. The other great ting is that you may be tempted to think that most of the students that would come here would be from Asia but it’s not the case. The club has students coming from Europe, Asia and South America. Japanese culture is so fascinating and interesting that it doesn’t matter where you are from you will enjoy learning more about it. Not to mention the fact that the food is yummy.