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Exploring the Origins of Teriyaki

In Japanese restaurants in the US, teriyaki is one of the most recognizable things on the menu for most people. In the US, teriyaki is usually thought of as a sauce, but in Japan, it is a style of cooking. The sauce may have originated not in Japan but in Hawaii, which is home to large ex-pat Japanese population. Here is a look at the history of teriyaki.

Teriyaki as a Cooking Method

In Japan, teriyaki as a style of cooking originated in the 17 th century. The “teri” part of the word loosely translates to “glazed,” while “yaki” means “broiled” or “grilled.” In Japan, the sauce that is used in meals that are prepared in teriyaki style is not necessarily like the teriyaki sauce used in Japanese restaurants in the US. Instead, when you see teriyaki on the menu in Japan, it is usually describing a glazed and grilled fish dish—usually salmon, tuna, or mackerel.

Teriyaki Sauce in Hawaii

The teriyaki sauce that is familiar in Japanese food in the US is believed to have been created by Japanese immigrants in Hawaii. The Japanese population there crafted a marinade that contained traditional flavors from Japan, like mirin, sake, and soy sauce, as well as ingredients that were indigenous to their new home in Hawaii, such as pineapple. Using this sauce as a marinade for grilled fish, chicken, and meat gradually increased in popularity and eventually become popular in the mainland in the 1960s, when there was an uptick in interest in Japanese cuisine.

Teriyaki Sauce Today

Today, teriyaki sauce typically contains some mixture of soy, mirin or sake, garlic, brown sugar, and pineapple juice. The sweet sauce can be used as a marinade, as a baste for cooking, or as a dipping sauce.

You can enjoy teriyaki sauce along with a variety of Japanese food specialties at House of Genji, including traditional teppanyaki cooking. Find out more about our menu and hours by calling our Japanese restaurant in San Jose at (408) 453-8120.

Round Out Your Meal with Some of Our Delicious Side Dishes

When it comes to finding delicious and entertaining Japanese dining, look no further than House of Genji, where we offer teppanyaki, sushi, and creative cocktails. To round out your meal at our Japanese restaurant, choose from the following side dishes that we offer:

  • Edamame Boiled soy beans in pods
  • Age-gyoza Japanese-style, deep-fried pot stickers
  • Ahe tataki Sliced and seared ahi tuna dipped in a ginger soy sauce
  • Tempura Shrimp and vegetables deep-fried in a light batter
  • Vegetable tempura A mix of deep-fried vegetables
  • Panko wings Tender chicken wings that are breaded and deep-fried
  • Tofu Agedashi tofu with traditional broth or our sweet and spicy sauce

You can also choose from our scallop sauté, calamari sauté, deep-fried calamari, shrimp sauté, Genji soup, and Genji salad.

Are you ready to enjoy delicious Japanese dining in San Jose? If so, then call House of Genji today at (408) 453-8120 to make your reservation with our Japanese steakhouse.

Why Teppanyaki Is the Right Choice for Your Teen's Birthday Party

Have you ever tried teppanyaki dining? This fun and delicious dinner option is an ideal choice for birthdays and other events. If you’re in the process of organizing a dinner for your teen’s upcoming birthday party, then read on to learn why it makes sense to choose teppanyaki for the event.

Delicious Food

Finally, one of the most obvious reasons for choosing teppanyaki for your teen’s birthday party is the food. Teppanyaki involves cooking foods on a grill and can be used to prepare a huge range of delicious dishes. Some examples of what you might see on a teppanyaki menu include scallops, tuna, lobster, filet mignon, New York steak, vegetables, and tofu.

Social Setting

When visiting a teppanyaki restaurant, parties are seated around a large table. There is a big griddle in the center of the table, and the table’s chef stands and works from one side to prepare the meal. When it comes to birthday parties, this setup can be ideal, allowing the attendees to chat and enjoy each other’s company while being entertained and enjoying their food simultaneously.

Menu Options

When it comes to birthday food that everyone can agree on, most people settle for something simple like pizza or burgers. However, if you’re looking for something more interesting for your teen and his or her friends to enjoy, then consider making a reservation for a teppanyaki meal. With the many menu options to choose from, everyone is sure to find something that they love, making teppanyaki a great alternative to typical party foods.

Lively Atmosphere

If you’re looking for a way to provide your teen with a fun birthday dinner, then teppanyaki is the way to go. When your teen and several friends sit down around the big table and teppanyaki grill, they can converse with one another and watch together as the teppanyaki chef prepares their meals right before their eyes with both flair and skill.

If you’d like to make your reservation for delicious Japanese food and teppanyaki in San Jose, then call House of Genji at (408) 453-8120.

Shake Up Your Sake Habit with These Cocktails

For many people, Japanese dining and sake go hand-in-hand. If you frequently order this rice wine when you visit Japanese restaurants and want to enjoy it in new ways, then keep reading for some for some sake cocktail ideas.

Cherry Sake Cocktail

Can’t quite let go of summer? If so, then the cherry sake cocktail is for you. To make this fruity drink, you will need frozen cherries, sake, and ginger ale. To give the drink a more enticing appearance, add just a couple of drops of red food coloring.

Sake Champagne Mojito

If you enjoy traditional mojitos, then don’t pass up on the sake champagne mojito. For this recipe, you’ll need sake, extra dry champagne, fresh mint, lime juice, and liquid stevia. After muddling the mint, stevia, and lime juice, add the sake and champagne, stir, and serve over ice.

Raspberry Sake Tea

For something sweet, fruity, and fresh, consider trying a raspberry sake tea cocktail. This simple drink uses just raspberry flavored tea bags, sugar, water, and sake. The tea should first be brewed and then mixed with the sugar and left to cool in the refrigerator. To serve, mix in the sake and pour over ice. For added appeal, toss in a handful or fresh raspberries.

Kyoho Cobbler

If you want to make a visual statement, then the Kyoho cobbler hits the mark. This sake cocktail calls for sherry, sake, cachaça, white vermouth, gomme syrup, lemon juice, shiso leaves, and Kyoho grapes.

Tangerine Ginger Sake Sangria

Perfect for those warm afternoons in late summer and early fall, the tangerine ginger sake sangria is a sweet and spicy beverage that is delicious and easy to make. This sangria is made with sake, fresh ginger, sugar, water, tangerines, and fresh mint.

You can find the recipes for these cocktails by clicking here.

To enjoy some creative cocktails in a Japanese steakhouse setting, visit House of Genji for dinner or Happy Hour in our cocktail lounge in San Jose. To make your reservation, please call (408) 453-8120.

Healthy Sides to Go with Your Teppanyaki Meal

One of the best things about Japanese food is that, in addition to being tasty, it can also be extremely healthy. Even if you are committed to a healthy eating lifestyle or are watching your caloric intake, teppanyaki can still be on the menu. There are plenty of healthy sides you can choose to supplement your Japanese dining experience and make your meal even more enjoyable.

A popular Japanese side dish and appetizer that is also a healthy choice is edamame. These young soybeans in their pods are often boiled and served simply with salt for a tasty, protein-packed treat. Ahi tuna is also popular on Japanese menus and is typically served lightly seared, letting the rich flavor shine. Soups and salads are also commonly ordered as side dishes with teppanyaki meals.

House of Genji has an extensive menu of Japanese dishes, alongside our popular teppanyaki meals. If you have any questions about teppanyaki dining in San Jose, call us at (408) 453-8120.

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