The area turns Japanese this weekend

May 31, 2013 by  

Those who love Japanese food will enjoy the cooking workshop due to be held tomorrow evening at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center in Concord.

Just next door to Vallejo, this workshop will teach students how to use tofu in a variety of products with the use of koji sauce. The session is two hours long and will be taught by Sonoko Sakai – a food writer and home cooking teacher.

The menu includes Koji Miso soup with vegetables, broccolini with tofu, tofu crab cakes, and deep fried tofu with ginger.

Sakai lives in Los Angeles and has been published in the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Zester Daily, and Saveur. She is also the curator for Common Grains, a cultural initiative that promotes Japanese grains.

Koji is a type of mold used to ferment rice and soy beans for the production of soy sauce, miso, sake, and rice vinegar. Guests could use a local printing company to create a custom cookbook filled with handpicked recipes then give them out as gifts to family and friends.

The class takes place at 5:00 pm tomorrow, June 1.

After the workshop, those looking for entertainment tomorrow can join The Bobs, a comedic musical group that will perform at 10:00 pm at the Fenix San Rafael, 919 Fourth Street in San Rafael.

This a cappella group covers a variety of musical styles and has been compared to a combination of Monty Python mixed with Robin Williams and Bobby McFerrin. The group has headlined for the American Songbook series and performed at Lincoln Center and Passionkirche in Berlin.