8 Recommended Yakitori You Should Try in Japan!

8 Recommended Yakitori You Should Try in Japan!

Yakitori now became a famous Japanese food in the world. Many Japanese restaurants serve, alongside of sushi, yakitori, which is grilled meat on sticks. They usually seasoned with soy sauce based sauce. Today I will tell you how Japanese people enjoy yakitori and where you can find real yakitori in Japan.



 

8 Recommended Yakitori You Should Try in Japan!

 

1. About yakitori

As you might have seen in Japanese restaurants in your country, yakitori is a grilled, bite sized meat skewered on a stick. They are usually served in two different tastes: with salt or with tare, which is a special sweet and salty sauce. It is one of the popular food that we frequently eat in Japan.

 

2. Momo (chicken thigh)

8 Recommended Yakitori You Should Try in Japan!momo

Although you might have tried yakitori in your own countries, there are many different types of yakitori available in Japan, that you should definitely try. The most popular and classic type of yakitori is called “momo”. It is made of chicken thigh or breast meat, sliced into bite-sized pieces. It is a well-liked yakitori in Japan.

 

3. Kawa (chicken skin)

8 Recommended Yakitori You Should Try in Japan!kawa

Kawa is a type of yakitori made of chicken skin. Thick part of chicken skin is grilled with sweet and salty ‘tare’ sauce. You will love it if you love greasy food.

 

4. Negima (chicken thigh and Japanese leek)

8 Recommended Yakitori You Should Try in Japan!negima

Nagima is also a well-liked and classic type of yakitori. Like ‘momo’, it is made of chicken thigh or breast meat, but it is skewered with Japanese leek on a stick. It’s a classic menu of yakitori.

 

5. Nankotsu (the cartilage of chicken)

8 Recommended Yakitori You Should Try in Japan!nankotsu

Nankotsu is a very typical type of yakitori that exists in Japan. It takes the cartilage of chicken, usually from the breast or sometimes from knee of chicken. It feels crunchy as you bite on it. I recommend this yakitori for those who want to try out something different.

 

6. Yakitori-ya

Now I will tell you where you can eat yakitori. As a matter of fact, sushi restaurants don’t usually serve yakitori in Japan. If you want to have great yakitori, you can find ‘yakitori-ya’ which are small restaurants specialized in yakitori. Some shops are so small that they only have take out. Yakitori is known as cheap food that common people eat. As a result, they are quite cheap. Yakitori is usually served individually or in a set of two or three pieces. Therefore you can order several different types of yakitori that you want to try. Although it is known as cheap food, there are few chic yakitori restaurants in the big cities now.

 

7. Yatai (Street stand)

8 Recommended Yakitori You Should Try in Japan!yatai

Yakitori is also a famous dish that we eat during festivals in Japan. During the festivals, there are many yatai, which means street stands, inside or near temple or shrine. We usually buy some food to snack while enjoying festivals. Because yakitori is very easy to eat even while standing, you can buy a stick and enjoy the festival while snacking yakitori. It is nice to walk around while eating delicious yakitori.

 

8. Izakaya (Japanese pub)

8 Recommended Yakitori You Should Try in Japan!izakaya

Yakitori is also a great accompany food for alcohol drinks. Therefore you can find yakitori in izakaya, equivalent of pub in Japan. The salty taste of yakitori goes so well with beer. We, Japanese, enjoy drinking beer with yakitori.

 

Conclusion

Yakitori is a great Japanese food that is famous in the world now. There are, however, many types of yakitori that only exist in Japan. I hope you will try many types of yakitori, including the ones that I didn’t mention in this article. I also recommend you to have them when you are out drinking in izakaya, just like what Japanese people do!

 

8 Recommended Yakitori You Should Try in Japan!

1. About yakitori
2. Momo (chicken thigh)
3. Kawa (chicken skin)
4. Negima (chicken thigh and Japanese leek)
5. Nankotsu (the cartilage of chicken)
6. Yakitori-ya
7. Yatai (Street stand)
8. Izakaya (Japanese pub)