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What Is Tempura?

Not many people make tempura on their own, and instead they head to their local Japanese restaurant to get their fill. This dish originated in Portugal, but it was Japan that ultimately made it famous, which is why you can find it in Japanese restaurants. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about tempura.

Tempura is a seafood or vegetable dish that has been lightly battered and deep fried, and it’s become a staple of Japanese cuisine. The batter consists of chilled water, eggs, and flour, and it should come out thin and light. You can add ice to keep the batter cold, and don’t stir it so much that you remove all the lumps, or it won’t be crisp. After the fish or vegetables have been dipped in the batter, they are deep fried in a hot, neutral-flavored oil like canola.

If you like Japanese dining, call House of Genji at (408) 453-8120 to set up a reservation with us. We are a Japanese restaurant serving San Jose, and you can learn much more about us by looking through our website.

Catch a Glimpse of Nightlife in Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan is one of the most famous cities in the world, and tourists and locals alike enjoy the Japanese restaurants, bars, and clubs that make up the nightlife. Watch this video for a glimpse of nightlife in Tokyo.

If it’s your first time in Tokyo, head to Roppongi. This is a hotspot for tourists because locals are so friendly towards Gaijin, or foreigners. Bars like Agave and R2 make for a great place to start your first trip. An izakaya, which translates to “stay-in liquor shop”, is a more traditional type of meeting spot, and it tends to be more affordable than other upscale restaurants and bars.

There are plenty of cocktail lounges in Tokyo, but if you’re looking for a Japanese restaurant serving San Jose, head to House of Genji. We offer delectable Japanese dining and a taste of what Tokyo has to offer, so call us at (408) 453-8120.

A Look at the Traditional Mai Tai

Mai Tai is a popular cocktail—it was even President Richard Nixon’s go-to drink. The definition of what makes a Mai Tai has loosened over the years, but you can still get a traditional drink at a Japanese cocktail lounge. If you’d like to know where the drink came from, how to make it, and what people do with it today, read on for a look at the traditional Mai Tai.

Where It Came From

Today’s variations of the Mai Tai tend to be far off from the traditional recipe, and this is due in part to its explosive popularity. The phrase “Mai Tai” actually means “the best”, and the name is said to stem from one of the first reactions upon tasting the drink. The rum-based cocktail was introduced in 1944, although its roots may trace back to 1933.

Mai Tai Evolution

Vic Bergeron, also known as Trader Vic, is said to be the founder of Mai Tai and was the one to introduce the drink in 1944. He exclusively used 17-year-old rum, in the mix, and when that ran out, he switched to a 15-year Wray and Nephew. Then that ran out as well, at which point he started blending different types of rum to create the same flavor. Mai Tai sprang up in Hawaii in the 1950s, and it was then that pineapple and orange juices were used to make the drink more accessible to tourists, and the fruity flavors stuck.

Modern Variations

The true original Mai Tai is no more, but there are modern variations that pay homage to the original flavors. You can make a modern sparkling Mai Tai with aged rum, blended overproof rum, dry curacao, sparkling wine, orgeat, lime juice, and a lime twist.

Remember to order a Mai Tai when you find yourself in a Japanese cocktail lounge in San Jose. You can try a traditional Mai Tai when you stop by House of Genji, and you can also try out our delicious dishes. If you’re interested in Japanese dining, call us at (408) 453-8120 or visit our website to learn more.

Facts About the Japanese Service Industry That Surprise Westerners

If you’re from the western hemisphere and you’ve never been to Japan, you’re missing out on a beautiful culture. Food tends to be a link between different cultures, so a Japanese restaurant may give you an introduction to a new way of living. Here are a couple of facts about the Japanese service industry that surprise westerners.

You Request Service

It’s normal to wait for your waiter to return to your table to tell them what you need, but in Japan, you may hear customers shout “sumimasen” if they need service and aren’t currently being attended to. Japanese restaurants tend to get crowded, so the shouting is warranted and not interpreted as impolite. You can shout the same word in a shop if you need assistance. This tends to be uncomfortable for Westerners to adjust to, but it’s a completely polite practice in the Japanese service industry.

Servers Run and Bow

Seeing a waiter run towards the cash register tends to be a bit jarring in American culture, but in the Japanese service industry, it’s completely normal. It’s not uncommon to see waiters rushing around a Japanese restaurant just to be as efficient as possible. This keeps lines from getting too long and people from getting impatient. In the Japanese service industry, it’s also normal for the person who helped you to carry your belongings to the door, hand them to you, and bow.

There’s No Tipping

One major difference between American and Japanese service industries is that in Japan, there’s no tipping. In stark contrast to American society, it’s borderline impolite to hand a Japanese serviceperson cash in the open. This can be confusing or even insulting, so keep your extra bills in your wallet.

You can get a taste of what Japanese food is like when you go to House of Genji. We aim to give you the best Japanese dining experience possible in San Jose, and you and your friends will feel welcome in our cocktail lounge. Call us at (408) 453-8120 for more information.

Differences Between Sake for Drinking and Sake for Cooking

Sake is both a delicious accompaniment for a Japanese meal and an important component in cooking Japanese food. The sake you order alongside your teppanyaki or hibachi is very similar to the sake used in cooking, with only a few small differences.

Cooking sake is usually made using rice that is less polished than that used in drinking sake, which makes the flavor of rice more noticeable. Cooking sake also typically has a lower percentage of alcohol and is flavored with salt, in order to impart more flavor in the dishes in which it is used. Sake served for drinking is often sweeter, with a higher alcohol content, and it may be served hot or cold.

At House of Genji, alongside sake, we offer a variety of cocktails that are delicious alongside our sushi, hibachi, and teppanyaki meals. Contact our Japanese restaurant in San Jose today by calling (408) 453-8120.

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