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Vegetarian Options Available at House of Genji

Just because House of Genji is known for our teppan-yaki cuisine does not mean that we do not cater to everyone no matter their dietary restrictions. If you maintain a vegetarian diet, try out some of the following dishes on your next trip in to see us:

Gourmet Meal

Appetizing Appetizers
While everyone else is starting their meal with some wings or calamari, you can enjoy a delicious rice noodle salad or some miso soup. Order edamame for the whole table and watch how even the meat-eaters scarf down this tantalizing starter.

Main Dishes
We have plenty of entrée options for vegetarians that are as delicious as anything else on our menu. Try out our Genji fried rice for the perfect combination of carrots, onions, scallions, egg, and rice. Our vegetable platter offers a delicious assortment of vegetables and tofu. If you are in the mood for sushi but do not want to eat fish, our Kappa-Maki roll is a delicious and completely vegetarian cucumber roll.

Satiating Sides
Add even more to your meal with some of our meatless side dishes. Steamed rice or brown rice are the perfect complement to any item on our menu and they help you add a little more substance to your meal. If you are in the mood for something simple, you might prefer to eat some rice mixed with tofu as your main course.

The Finishing Touch
End your delicious vegetarian meal with one of the amazing options on our dessert menu. The subtly sweet flavor of green tea ice cream, sherbet, or some fresh pineapple will be the ideal ending to an already delicious meal.

Come to House of Genji today to enjoy these and other menu options that really hit the spot. We make it easy to find authentic teppan-yaki style dishes and mouthwatering sushi in San Jose. To learn more about any of our menu items, visit us online or call (408) 453-8120. 

Health Benefits of Shellfish

Shellfish like shrimp and scallops are not only delicious, but they are also surprisingly nutritious. These fish offer a healthy alternative to meat proteins that are low in calories and high in flavor.

This kind of fish is full of vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids that greatly benefit the body. Contrary to popular belief, shellfish does not negatively affect cholesterol levels and it is actually beneficial to cardiovascular health.

Come to House of Genji today to find one of the best selections of scallops and teppan-yaki style cuisine in all of San Jose. With our lively atmosphere and versatile menu, we are the perfect location for any occasion. Call (408) 453-8120 to learn more. 

Spotlight on the Delicious Genji Combination

Filet Mignon

House of Genji makes it easy to order amazing food to please any taste. Whether you are in the mood for sushi or steak, we are here to serve it to you. Keep reading to learn more about our Genji Combination:

As one of our fan favorites, our combination blends some of your favorite tastes to create the ultimate meal. We serve mouth-watering prawns together with corn-fed beef steak to give you the best of the seafood and meat worlds. You can choose between Filet Mignon and New York steak. No matter which way you choose, you can be sure you are ordering a meal full of flavor.

House of Genji gives you the choice you deserve to find a meal that hits the spot. Come in today to browse through our impressive menu selections and order a meal that brings authentic flavor. To learn more about our menu selections, visit us online or call (408) 453-8120. 

How Sushi Became Such an Important Part of Japanese Cuisine

Sushi preparing

Some of the most popular styles of food began as a necessity of circumstance, and sushi is no exception. This delicacy that is now popular all over the world was once a method of preserving food long before electricity and refrigeration were ever considerations. Keep reading to learn more about the history of sushi and how it became such an important style of food:

Buddhist Traditions
As the Buddhist religion started to become popular in Japan, many people changed their diet to reflect it. Since Buddhists do not eat meat, fish became a good protein substitute and an important element of the Japanese diet. Cultures had already been using salt to preserve fish for many generations, but the Japanese are the first to be credited with combining the fish with rice, which is called nare-zushi, or aged sushi.

The Rise of Japanese Nightlife
By 1606, Edo, Japan became the country’s official capital and by the 19th century, it was one of the largest cities in the world. With a rise in tourism and nightlife, more people were introduced to the beauty of sushi. At this point, sushi chefs added a layer of rice that had been seasoned using rice vinegar to the fish. This enabled the chefs to serve sushi in pieces and cut down on preparation time.

The Beginning of Nigiri Sushi
Hanaya Yohei is credited for once again transforming the way sushi was prepared and consumed in the 1820s. He opened a sushi stall that put him in close proximity to a supply of fresh fish. He used the faster fermentation process in which he used rice vinegar and salt in the rice to speed up the cooking time. He then combined this with fresh fish in one of the first instances of nigiri.

Come to House of Genji today to taste the best of modern sushi. As the premium teppan-yaki style steak house in the San Jose area, we know how to serve you authentic flavors that truly satiate a craving. Call (408) 453-8120 to learn more. 

Comparing Japanese and American Sushi

Sushi traditional Japanese food

When people think about sushi today, they usually conjure up images of rice, rolls wrapped in seaweed, and a mixture of wasabi and soy sauce. The original cuisine was much different from the sushi of today, however and true Japanese sushi still differs from the American version. Keep reading to see how these styles differ:

Fermentation for Preservation
The term “sushi” was originally used to describe meat and fish that was fermented to keep it preserved. By the 7th century, there are written records of people in what is now known as Japan enjoying this salted delicacy. Rice was not introduced to the food until the 10th century. Today, however, Japanese sushi is known for having fresher fish than the American variety.

Sashimi and Rolls
Although there are people in the United States who prefer sashimi to rolls, most people tend to order the latter when enjoying sushi in America. In Japan, it is much more common to find sashimi than the typical rolls seen in sushi restaurants throughout the States. When you do find rolls in Japan, they are put together with the perfect combination of rice and fish and the kind of rice used is just as important as the fish.

Eating Utensils
In Japan, it is customary to eat with your hands. While diners in the United States use spoons to eat miso soup and chopsticks to pick up pieces of sushi, Japanese eaters use their hands. Even in authentic Japanese restaurants in America, you will probably notice that at least a few of the diners are drinking their miso or picking up pieces of sushi between their fingers.

House of Genji offers some of the most authentic Japanese cuisine in all of San Jose. From our sushi to our teppan-yaki-style steak, we incorporate the best Japanese flavors into a winning menu that can please every taste. To learn more about our selection or our style of cooking, visit us online or call (408) 453-8120. 

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