Curious about what goes into your bowl of ramen? Chef Mari Takashi offers a ramen workshop to IfOnly members where you learn how to make the Japanese delicacy from scratch.
Mari Takahashi hasn't always worked in the restaurant industry but grew up in Yokohama, Japan where she was educated in the art of cooking homeade Japanese food. Once she moved to the US, Chef Takahashi brought her knowledge and skills to the food world.
The class is completely hands-on from start to finish. First, you knead the dough to roll out and cut the noodles for the soup.
"From start to finish, Mari's class was fantastic and unforgettable! Along with kneading the dough, cutting the noodles, and preparing our own broth combinations, Mari also walked us through the history of ramen while we sampled different types of broth (be warned, during this experience you will eat a LOT of food!)" -Sam
Chef Takahashi teaches how to make pork and chicken stock, along with the chasu (marinated, braised pork belly). Yum! Something that makes this class unique is the history you learn throughout the workshop about the Japanese cuisine.
"Mari was one of the best cooking instructors I've ever had. She was so informative about the history and variety of ramen, but nothing seemed rehearsed or canned. It was like cooking with a friend." -Nick
But don't forget about one of the best parts of the workshop- the Iron Chef-style competition.
"The Iron Chef-style ramen competition added a healthy dose of trash talk amongst friends that made for good laughs and spicy dishes. Mari and her assistant judged our work and named a winner at the end of the evening with expert yet hilarious critiques." -Nick