Introduction to Food Stuffs round 2! Yakiniku 焼肉

8 05 2009

The last few posts I did make seemed to have totally bombed, so today I have decided to post on something that everyone can relate with, GOOD FOOD! I present 焼肉 Yakiniku, best enjoyed in groups!  If you ever find yourself in Japan, do make sure you try this at least once.

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Technically, yakiniku is not really Japanese food.  It’s more along the lines of  a Japanese variation of Korean BBQ.  They have this where I’m from too, but the beef, pork, and chicken is so god awful there, it cannot be compared to the Japanese version at all :).  The Japanese also have better dipping sauces!

For the uninitiated, a yakiniku house in Japan looks like this!  Make sure you recognize the kanji 焼 and 肉 which literally means roast meat and you’ll probably land yourself at one.  Unfortunately, for the most part these resturants also make no distinction between smoking and non-smoking areas, so I guess you’ll just have to cope :(.

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The seats are almost always booth seats with a table in the middle and a circular “frying area”.  The eating method is simple, order the meats you wish, roast them, dip in your desired combination of dipping sauces + rice and consume.  You can order meats from a variety of different countries Japan, Canada, America, etc. as well as different cuts shoulder, thigh, dark meat, etc.  Finally, you can also choose from a number of different way of marinating the meats.

Unfortunately, this also means the menu becomes rather complicated.  Fortunately!  The menu also poses a huge challenge for Japanese people to read :P.  My group of 5 consisting of all native Japanese except me, spent at least 10 minutes trying to figure out the word menu.  We didn’t really get it, despite being able to read it :P.  So as a result, most restaurants of this type now come with a picture menu!  Just find the yummy picture, and match up the characters and you’re good to go.  Though it would be best if you went with someone who could read Kanji, so you know what portions you’re getting.

All Japanese.. zomgz...

All Japanese.. zomgz...

Once it’s all here, it’s time to roast, and consume!  Notice the beers, beers are the no. 1 beverage in Japan to go with a meal.

Roast the meats in the middle and eat with rice/kimichi/salad/soup

Roast the meats in the middle and eat with rice/kimichi/salad/soup

Most people after finishing up with the meats also consume a main dish.  This is usually ramen, fried rice or something of that type, but I want to recommend a special one.  I was really full so I only got a small portion, but this is known as reimen 冷麺, literally cold noodle.  The texture is completely different from any other noodle I’ve tried, the noodles are extremely chewy and smooth and taste great!  Definitely give it a shot if you ever find yourself at one of these restaurants.

Yum... yum... depth of field...

Yum... yum... depth of field...

On average, this will likely set you back between 3000-5000 yen per person depending on what you ordered and where you were, but you will definitely find it to be a filling and satisfactory meal.  At least more so than the Kaiten Sushi :D.

Until next time!

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16 responses

8 05 2009
Len.

Yum. Korean BBQs are good, must try this out when I get the chance =)

8 05 2009
guorbatschow

D: im hungry right now.

8 05 2009
GNdynames

Ahh Korean BBQ, I love it. Need to find an occasion to go to one soon. I should also bring some extra cash for some booze as well XD

8 05 2009
Nyarth

Kimichi!!! Where they spicy?

9 05 2009
aaroninjapan09

I don’t, I despise Kimichi so I didn’t try it :(.

8 05 2009
shalala

Hmmm it looks sooo nice.

8 05 2009
robostrike

Just went to eat at All-you can order sushi T_T…Good to hear that your level of Japanese equivalently matches that of Japanese workers ^_^ Great improvement.

9 05 2009
aaroninjapan09

Haha, my Japanese is no where near them. I only probably know more kanji than them thanks to my Chinese hax :P.

Regardless of that though, it took so long for any of us to understand the menu it was absolutely hilarious.

9 05 2009
maru

Do they call this Japanese BBQ instead?~

As for the smoking area thing, I’m quite used to it already – bery common over here.

9 05 2009
aaroninjapan09

I guess some people refer to it as Japanese BBQ, but the origin of this food is from Korea

9 05 2009
bluemage

Chicken BBQ all the way! That reimen looks good too.

9 05 2009
aaroninjapan09

The reimen is amazing. I’m trying to find a place that specializes in it.

10 05 2009
JC

Yum… Korean BBQ… the meat looks so fresh, with the bright colours and all. Or maybe it’s just a camera trick 😉
Also that bowl of reimen looks delicious.

10 05 2009
aaroninjapan09

I have a good camera, but it’s not a camera trick! I don’ t usually edit my pictures!

10 05 2009
Rin

Now I want to eat some BBQ…
You must put more pictures of what you eat in Japan!!!

11 06 2009
andrew

*drooollll again* epic BBQ

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