If there is one Tadaku host who cooks homely food, it’s Kaori.
Her menus are very much what you would find if you were staying with a Japanese family: miso soup, a main dish (called okazu) and white rice, with the touch of a master chef, who trained at the prestigious Hattori Nutrition School and spent 15 years in restaurant kitchens.
Kaori was one of the first hosts to join Tadaku in Tokyo. She is constantly improving the cooking sessions she offers, adding new menus according to the season and improving her English. She even bought a new dining table, afraid that some of her guests would not be able to sit cross-legged on the floor, as is usual in Japan.
Local markets do exist in Japan (such as Tsukiji fish market), but they are not the line up of stands packed with vegetables and fruit everyone imagines. Markets in Japan are roofed alleys with a couple of grocery shops and dozens of Japanese produce shops selling fish of all varieties, crackers, pickles and prepared food.
Nowadays, if you want to do the shopping for your everyday meals, you just head to the nearest supermarket, which is where Kaori will take you before your cooking session with her. Supermarkets in Japan are an attraction in themselves. Besides the familiar tomato and cucumber, there are countless unrecognizable products for the non-Japanese.
Many visitors often cannot even tell whether a product is from an animal or a plant. If you don’t believe me, ask Kaori to show you konnyaku when you’re with her at the supermarket! The experience of exploring a supermarket is that much better if you have someone to guide you through the aisles of unusual products.
If you book a session with Kaori, give her a hug from us. We love her.