“My vision is to nourish peoples’ minds… they are yours forever.” by Sachie Nomura
Do you want to become an Asian Cuisine expert? The fastest and most cost-effective way to do that is to get a “Sachie’s Kitchen Asian Passport”, which includes 4 cooking classes from 4 Asian countries famous for their different flavours – your choice of classes. Each class is approximately 2.5-3hrs and includes 3 recipes each.
This package includes your very own Passport complete with custom stamps and a Sachie’s Kitchen Apron to put you in the travel mood and let those taste buds fly.
Travel Price: Was $396 -> now $350! (Single Class $89)
- 4 x cooking classes
- All the ingredients
- Sachie’s Kitchen Apron
- Sachie’s Kitchen Asian Passport
Be one of our 50,000 happy Sachie’s Kitchen cooks who have experienced our award-winning classes! See what the Press has said about us Here. They run for approximately 2.5-3hrs and are totally hands on with the creation of a full meal and 3 dishes (some of our other competitors only do 1 dish but we believe in sending you home full)! Our Asian chefs all speak fluent English and have quite a unique sense of humour – they will provide a demonstration and then it’s your turn to replicate the dishes while you are free to ask questions, tips and techniques.
At the end of the each class you can relax and enjoy the dishes that you’ve just cooked around the dining table with those in the class. Asian beer, boutique NZ wine and soft drinks can be purchased on site.
If you are not sure where to begin, we suggest starting with our Asian Passport to let your taste buds travel around Asia and from there you can explore each culture in more detail.
- Single Class : $89 pp
- Passport Price: $396 -> now $350!
Get Started: Taste of Japan | Taste of Thailand | Taste of Vietnam | Taste of India | Taste of Malaysia
Taste of Japan
Did you know Japan now has more Michelin starred restaurants than any other country? More than just sushi, these 4 classes will give you all the recipes that you ever asked for and they are all-time favourites.
Class 1: Sushi Experience
- Temaki Sushi : Corn-shaped hand roll sushi
- Inari Sushi: Traditional tuffed tofu pockets with sushi ginger rice
- Nigiri Sushi: Sushi prawns “Nigiri (squeezed)” sushi
- Maki Sushi: Big rolling Sushi using Sushi mat
- Tofu and Wakame Miso Soup
Do you eat sushi every day? Do your kids love eating sushi and you’d love to know how to make it authentically? “Sushi” is possibly the most iconic dish in Japanese cuisine and is enjoyed globally – but many still struggle to make them authentically tasty. There are many kinds of sushi in Japan and this class with teach you four of the most popular styles. By the end of this class, you will be a Sushi Masterchef!
Class 2: Osaka’s Favourites
- “Okonomiyaki” Japanese Street Pancake
- Beef Tataki Salad with special “Wafu” dressing
- “Agedashi Tofu” with Dashi broth
“Okonomiyaki” originated in Osaka, but regional variations mean everybody in Japan now enjoys this delicious savoury pancake. It literally means grill or pan fry whatever the ingredients that you like, (kind of pizza in the western world) but we will be teaching an authentic Osaka recipe. We will also make Beef Tataki salad and one of Sachie’s family’s Agedashi Tofu recipes served with dashi broth.
Class 3: Secret of Umami
- Irresistible Teriyaki Chicken with steamed short-grain rice
- Prawns and vegetable Katsu served with wasabi lime mayonnaise
- Seasonal salad with special “Gomadare (sesame seed)” dressing
This is the MUST take class if you don’t know which one to take. Umami is the 5th element to describe taste: sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami. The closest English translation is “savoury pleasant taste” i.e. sometimes when you taste a dish you just can’t stop eating because it is so delish!
You will be a star among your family and friends once you master our special Teriyaki Chicken recipe. We will also make “Katsu” – deep fried prawns and veges with wasabi mayonnaise and bread crumbs and mouthwatering “goma (sesame seed)” dressing!
Class 4: Tokyo Delight
- Prawn and vegetable Tempura served with “Soba (Buckwheat Noodle)”
- Pan fried Pork and Shiitake Mushroom “Gyoza(Dumpling)” served with spicy soy dipping sauce
- Green beans “Gomaae” tossed with black sesame seed paste
“Soba and tempura” is the traditional combination that you see in Japanese restaurants and now the recipes can be yours. “Gyoza dumplings” are one of the most popular dishes in Japan and it is versatile in terms of ingredients and how you cook this. You’ll take home all the tips and tricks to make your life easier.
Taste of Thailand
Thai cuisine is a marriage of centuries-old Eastern and Western influences harmoniously combined into something uniquely ‘Thai’. A proper Thai meal should consist of a soup, a curry dish with condiments, a dip with accompanying fish and vegetables. There must be a harmony of tastes and textures within individual dishes and the entire meal and this principle is what we aim to teach.
Class 1: Little Thai Secret
- “Gaeng Kiaw Wan” Authentic Thai Green Curry with chicken
- “Gai Haw Bai Toey” Pandan Leaf Fried Chicken
- “Som Tam” Green Papaya Salad
Many people love Thai curries nowadays and the green curry is the one of the popular! We will teach you how to create an authentic “Gaeng Kiaw Wan” curry based on coconut milk, fresh green chillies and herbs – that’s where the green colour comes from! We will also marinate chicken and wrap it with Pandan leaf “Gai Haw Bai Toey” for deep frying. The flavour of the leaf soaks into the chicken and creates an incredibly aromatic fragrance. Both dishes will be served with “Som Yam” Green Papaya Salad. Be ready to discover some of the secrets of Thailand!
Class 2: Bangkok Thai Street Hawker Food
- ‘Tom Yum Goong” Hot and Sour Thai prawn soup
- Pad Thai – authentic Stir-Fried Noodle
- “Son-in-law egg” – Pan fried boiled egg with sweet tamarind sauce
The ‘Tom Yum Goong’ – spicy soup is widely enjoyed in South East Asia and also in Western countries – now you can make this delicious soup at home. If you are not good with hot and spicy foods, we can adjust the amount of chilli to your preference. You will also learn how to make everybody’s favourite “Pad Thai Noodle” in the class as well as son-in-law egg recipe Sachie picked up on her research through Thailand. Why is it called that? The rather gruesome story goes that Thai mothers cook this dish for their soon-to-be son-in-laws as a warning about taking good care of their precious daughters, or else someone might find their own valuable bits deep-fried, sliced and served up in a hot, spicy sauce.
Taste of Vietnam
One word for Vietnamese food = ‘fresh’. Traditional Vietnamese cooking is simple, but never boring, and is greatly admired for using fresh ingredients, minimal use of oil, and reliance on herbs and vegetables. With the balance between fresh herbs and meats and a very selective use of spices to reach a fine taste, Vietnamese food is considered one of the healthiest cuisines in the world.
Class 1: Hanoi Street Food
- Prawn and Vermicelli Gỏi Cuốn (fresh spring rolls) with Vietnamese dipping sauce
- Kaffir Lime grilled Chicken served with Asian vegetable “Ga Nuoung la Chanh”
- Vietnamese Fried Rice wrapped in Lá Sen (lotus leaf)
Food in Vietnam is almost everything, if not everything. What did you eat? How was it? Where? How much did you pay? All these are common subjects of local conversations. These 3 dishes are on the MUST-try menu in Vietnam. Gỏi Cuốn – fresh spring rolls / summer rolls are one of the most well known dishes from Vietnam and people all over the world have begun to become aware of this delicacy matched with hot and tangy flavored dipping sauce. Kaffir Lime Grilled chicken (“Ga Nuoung la Chanh”) creates an absolutely tummy-grumbling smell from oven while we wrap Vietnamese pagoda fried rice in lotus leaf for steaming.
Class 2: Flavours of Vietnam
- ‘Phở Ga’ Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup
- ‘Cha Ga’ Pan fried fish with turmeric and dill
- ‘Cha Gio’ Vietnamese deep fried spring rolls
The Vietnamese traditional noodle soup “Pho” is the most popular street food in Vietnam. The restaurants and street vendors serve this noodle soup from morning till late night. We will teach you how to make the chicken noodle soup which has amazing flavours from different spices. And just for more you’ll be able to impress friends and family with Cha Ga pan fried fish and spring rolls!
Sachie has spent valuable time in Vietnam, and the key things she has noticed in all three regions of Vietnam that we want to share with you:
- Freshness of food: Most meats are only briefly cooked. Vegetables are eaten fresh; if they are cooked, they are boiled or only briefly stir-fried.
- Presence of herbs and vegetables: Herbs and vegetables are essential to many Vietnamese dishes and are often abundantly used.
- Broths or soup-based dishes are very common.
- Presentation: The presentation of Vietnamese meals are usually very colourful and beautifully arranged.
Taste of India
Just like cricket, Indians take their food very seriously. Most people would associate Indian food as being known for its spiciness. Throughout India, be it North India or South India, spices are used generously in food but did you know that every single spice used in Indian dishes carries some or the other nutritional as well as medicinal properties. Get your hands in our Taste of India classes!
Class 1: True Indian Spices
- Chickpea Curry “Chana Masala”
- Poori / Puris (Punjabi Fried Bread)
- Classic Tandoori Chicken
Chana Masala is one of the most popular Punjabi curry dishes in the Indian cuisine and mainly uses Chana (means Chickpea), Tomato, Coriander and a myriad of local spices. This dish is often served with fried bread called Poori / Puris – you will learn how to make this starting from scratch! We will also teach you how to make delicious Mughlai-style Tandoori Chicken that you can replicate at home easily for your friends and family to enjoy.
Class 2: Classic Flavours
- Punjabi Butter Chicken;
- Northern Indian Samosa
- Indian Tamarind Chutney
One of the most well known curries in India and also in the Western world is Murgh Makhani – known as “Butter Chicken” There are many varieties of recipes but we will teach you a traditional home recipe descended from Deepika’s family in India. You will also learn how to make Punjabi Samosas and Indian traditional Tamarind Chutney in the class.
Taste of Malaysia
What do you get when you combine Malay, Chinese and Indian influences on a plate? An addiction to Malaysian food. The amalgamation of the different cultures are brought together by spices and the people that are amazingly passionate about their country’s cuisine.
Class 1: Kuala Lumpur (“KL”) Favourites
- Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce
- Malaysian Laksa (Chicken)
- Mango Sago Dessert
There are many variations of chicken satay recipes from Asia, and many Malaysians tell you that the best satay comes their home country. Accompanying this is the iconic Laksa, the epic Malaysian spicy coconut noodle soup, which is a must-try at least once in your life! The soup is rich, fragrant and a bit spicy, and loaded with all the essential classic Laksa toppings. Finally ask any foodies and chefs who have been to the entire Southeast Asia region and they will agree with me that mango sago dessert is to die for – with such easy and humble ingredients if you can make an exotic dessert, then its a great win for you to impress your friends with!
Class 2: Nasi Lemak Love
- Malaysian Chicken Curry
- Tofu Puff & Bean Sprouts with Soy Tamarind
- Coconut Rice
We will be teaching you how to make authentic Nasi Lemak using Malaysian Chicken Curry and tofu puffs with bean sprouts and soy tamarind. Trust me you’ll end up loving the way how we do bean sprouts, the taste will be different from what you expect, and to top it off is a healthy food that is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and it’s absolutely cholesterol free! And of course it is matched with sambal – a popular condiment in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore made from chilis, spices, herbs and aromatics; and coconut rice – my Malaysian mother-in law’s favourite.
Taste of Korea
The Korean culture is quite unique in its approach to food. Food seems to permeate every aspect of life. If you have watched a Korean drama or movie you will undoubtedly have noticed that in at least one scene someone is eating. There are even entire films and dramas based around Korean cuisine. For Koreans food is much more than something to fill the belly – it provides taste, medicine, and a connection to the country. Now before you check out the nearest Korean restaurant you can learn how to make it from scratch at home too!
Class 1: Seoul Food
- Bulgogi, vegetables on hot stone plate
- Korean traditional kimchi
- Bean Sprout Salad
- Sweet Soy Potato
Ah, bulgogi… the queen of the prom. This is another well-known Korean dish, second only to kimchi probably. Expertly marinated beef is tossed onto the grill (sometimes you can even do it yourself) and then cooked to yummy perfection. Fun Fact: Bulgogi was listed at number 23 on the World’s 50 most delicious foods readers’ poll compiled by CNN. We’re also going to serve it with kimchi – technically this is called “baechu” kimchi (though no one actually says that): it’s everywhere and almost everyone loves it, made from cabbage and fermented with seasonings like Korean chili powder and salt and accompanied by bean sprout salads and sweet soy potato
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“What a fun night! Sachie is entertaining, informative and funny. I never thought making sushi would be so easy, all the food is super fresh and just delicious! Mmm YUM!!”
“I loved Sachie’s cooking class! I am not a good cook but she made sushi fun and easy and explained everything as well as give us loads of handy tips. The team-buildling exercises were great too – made me think outside the square. I definitely recommend Sachie’s Kitchen!””
“So easy and learn and understand. Everything was so tasty. Very clean. All the food was supplied – we all got to eat what we cooked – no dishes to do also! I’m coming back.”