Yummy Japan: YakinikuPosted: March 27, 2012
“Yaki” means “to grill/fry” and “niku” is “meat.”
If you eat yakiniku at a restaurant, you will most likely be given a platter full of delicious meats. Unfortunately, vegetables are also included.
Actually, this is one case where veggies are pretty delicious. You also receive a little dipping bowl with ponzu sauce for dipping. Some places have other sauces, too.
Your table will have a kind of dome of metal in the middle of it. At some point, after you’ve fiddled with it and nearly singed your eyebrows off, an attendant will come and show you how to turn it on.
Flames shown for effect.
After the initial lighting, the metal dome becomes a smooth surface on which you are going to grill your meats and vegetables! But not before we add some grilling lubricant.
That’s right, here comes the lard, and it’s never been more delicious.
After the grilling surface has been sufficiently delicioused, it is now time to choose your first thing to grill.
I highly suggest the pork. Not only is it rich in fat, but it has some great flavor, even without sauce.
After choosing what you’ll grill, lower it onto the grilling surface with a pair of special, extra-long chopsticks.
Make sure it lands in some delicious lard.
It will sizzle right away, but take a few minutes to fully cook, so keep an eye on it.
After it is completely cooked, remove it with a normal pair of chopsticks and select a sauce in which to dip. Ponzu is the traditional favorite, but you can also try other sauces.
For a special treat, you can combine grilled onions, leeks, and your choice of meat, dipping and eating it all in one fell swoop.