[SG EVENT] Soba Making Class with Chef Yoshinori Shibazaki from Shimbasi Soba

I spent my Saturday attending soba making class with Chef Yoshinori Shibazaki from Shimbasi Soba. We had the class at RE&S Enterprises Pte Ltd building located at Tai Seng Street.

Before I share about the workshop I went, allow me to share story about Chef Yoshinori Shibazaki.

Chef Yoshinori Shibazaki cutting the soba
Chef Yoshinori Shibazaki cutting the soba

The 65-year-old Soba Master Chef Mentor Yoshinori Shibazaki has over 40 years of experience making soba in Australia, Japan and Singapore. Besides holding the title of “Professional Chef” conferred by Japan’s Health, Labour and Welfare Minister, Chef Yoshi was also awarded the title of “Specialist Noodle Chef” – a rare honour within the Japanese soba industry.

In 2003, Chef Yoshi came to Singapore to supervise the opening of the award-winning Shimbashi Soba restaurant in Paragon Shopping Centre. In 2016, he officially joined RE&S Enterprises as a Soba Master Chef Mentor. This year, he will be involved with the opening of the long-awaited second outlet of Shimbashi Soba in Great World City.

Chef Yoshi’s illustrious career and his unwavering passion towards soba have seen him featured as one of the characters in Japan’s long-running popular gourmet manga “Oishinbo”. He has even authored his own book titled “Soba So Good”, which is available on retail for $12 in the restaurant. In the book, he shares many personal tips on making soba, as well as recipes for home cooks to follow. Even following retirement, Chef Yoshi wishes to continue doing what he loves – working with soba.

Our workshop started with live demonstration by Chef Yoshi. He shows us step by step on the process which I did a summary video below.
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After the demonstration is done, we are given a work station to make our own soba. It is an interesting and enriching class where I get to hands on and make my very own handmade soba from scratch.

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With the help from soba masters, here is my final result. Although it looks like ‘meepok’ , its my very own soba! The steps are pretty straightforward and it takes years of experience to master the skill.
Check out Chef Yoshi soba Vs Mine!

Chef Yoshi-san handmade soba
Chef Yoshi-san handmade soba
Handmade Soba by me
Handmade Soba by me

For those who are interested with soba making class, you are in treat! There will be upcoming soba making class.
Here are the details:
Soba Making Class Schedule
• 19 August 2017 (Saturday)
• 14 October 2017 (Saturday)
• 18 November 2017 (Saturday)
Duration: 11am to 1.30pm
Participation fee: $50 (Adults), $30 (Children aged 6 to 12)
For bookings, please email: harumi.kawai@res.com.sg
Note: Registration opens one month prior to session, each session is limited to 10 pax.

The freshly made soba by Chef Yoshi-san
The freshly made soba by Chef Yoshi-san

Alternatively, you can just visit Shimbasi Soba for a nice bowl of soba.There are two Shimbasi Soba outlets in Singapore currently. The first outlet is located at Paragon Mall and the latest outlet is at the newly opened Shokutsu Ten Japanese Food Street at Great World City.
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Shimbasi Soba
Address: Paragon #B1-41
290 Orchard Road
Singapore 238859
Opening Hours:
Sunday – Friday |11:30AM -10:00PM
Saturday |10:30AM – 10:00PM
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Address: Great World City #B1-01
(within Shokutsu Ten Japanese Food Street)
1 Kim Seng Promenade
Singapore 237994
Opening Hours:
Monday – Friday | 11:30AM -10:00PM
Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday |11:00AM – 10:00PM
Website: http://www.sobaworld.com.sg/en/

[Thank you for the enriching workshop experience].
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