• Stay Healthy and Cool with the Help of Cucumbers

    From salads to sandwiches and many dishes in between, cucumbers are a favorite ingredient for many Japanese steakhouse diners who can’t get enough of their flavor and their crunchy texture. What many cucumber lovers may not know about this fruit, however, is that it is packed full of nutrients and an essential part of any balanced diet. Keep reading to find out how you can stay healthy and cool with the help of cucumbers:

    cucumber salad

    Eliminate Harmful Toxins and Enhance Weight Loss
    Cucumbers  are remarkably effective in aiding the elimination of toxins in the body, and have been known to dissolve kidney stones. The reason they are such a great tool for getting pollutants out of the body is that they contain a considerable amount of water. At the same time that cucumbers flush out toxins, they also promote weight loss and are a great snack option for those looking to drop a few pounds.

    Enjoy Clearer Skin
    The elimination of toxins in the body can have a big impact on skin quality, improving it dramatically. Another way that cucumbers allow you to enjoy clearer, blemish-free skin is by increasing your levels of magnesium, potassium, and silicon. These minerals strengthen the skin, giving it a more youthful and supple appearance.

    Avoid Heartburn and Heal Painful Sunburns

    Do you suffer from frequent heartburn? If so, then be sure to add some cucumbers to your diet, since it can effectively reduce heartburn. Interestingly enough, it can also alleviate heat-related pain on the outside of your body by treating sunburns. If you suffer from an irritating or painful sunburn, then simply apply some cucumber for immediate relief.

    If you’re looking for an easy way to incorporate cucumbers into your next meal with us, then be sure to ask your House of Genji server about our delicious salads. Cucumbers are just one of the many fresh ingredients we love to work with each day. To find out more about  our menu, visit us online or call (408) 453-8120.

  • Dining on the Lighter Side

    Here at the House of Genji, we’re proud to provide our diners with a menu that satisfies many different tastes and diets. One of our favorite non-Teriyaki style dishes to recommend to customers who are trying to watch what they eat or who simply prefer a lighter dinner option is the Asian Fusion Chicken Salad. This fresh and delicious salad combines several unique ingredients including iceberg lettuce, rice vermicelli, and a lightly fried chicken breast. To add a bit of crunch and flavor to the salad, our chefs top it with our signature Asian style chicken salad, cashews, and a homemade dressing.

    thai chicken salad

    The Asian Fusion Chicken Salad is just one of several lighter, healthier items you’ll find on the menu here at the House of Genji. No matter what dinner or lunch options spark your interest during your next visit, our friendly staff will see to it that it is prepared exactly to your liking. To learn more about what you can expect during your dining experience at the  House of Genji, visit us online or call us at (408) 453-8120 today.

  • The Most Tender Cut: Filet Mignon

    Of all the cuts of meat on the menu at a Japanese steak house, the most juicy, flavorful, and sought-after is undoubtedly the filet mignon. Considered by many to be the most delicious cut of beef, the “dainty filet” is a staple here at the House of Genji, where we like to pair it with other delicious options like lobster and scallops. Here is a closer look at the filet mignon, the most tender cut:

    filet mignon

    The Origins of the Cut
    To understand what makes filet mignon so delicious and tender, it is essential to know where it is taken from on a cow or steer. This cut is part of the tenderloin, which is the tender meat that sandwiches the animal’s spine on both sides. Since cows and steers do not flex the tenderloin muscle often, the meat inside stays soft and easy to chew once prepared.

    Perfect Pairings
    Despite  filet mignon  being an incredibly juice piece of meat for diners to sink their teeth into, it can be made even more delicious when paired with the right sauce. While Bernaise sauce is the standard sauce to couple with a tender filet mignon in an ordinary steak house, Japanese steak houses often bring out the flavors of the meat with help from Teriyaki sauce. Another great way to make filet mignon especially satisfying is to pair it with seafood like lobster tail and prawns or scallops.

    Health Benefits
    In addition to being delicious, a quality cut of steak is also a great source of protein. Filet mignon in particular is considered to be one of the wisest meat options for diners to order because it is so lean, and if it comes from a reputable farm, then it will also be a rich source of B12 and B6. Both vitamins play an active role in reducing the risk for certain types of cancer as well as heart disease.

    Here at the  House of Genji, we offer a number of delicious steak dishes that are always cooked to perfection. Whether you enjoy surf and turf or prefer a petite filet on its own, our skilled chef will see to it that your meal is nothing short of satisfying. You can learn more about our menu by calling the House of Genji at (408) 453-8120.

  • The Origins of Sushi

    Over the last decade, sushi has taken over as one of the most beloved types of Japanese food in virtually every corner of the globe. What diners in Sydney, Berlin, and even San Jose may not know, however, is that sushi has been around for centuries and was actually developed on accident. Sushi was first created when fishermen and cooks in Southeast Asia placed fish and rice together under stones in order to preserve the fish and give it a pickled flavor.

    Around 1600, sushi changed when chefs realized soaking it in vinegar was another way to pickle the fish. Since then, both sashimi and mahi sushi have continued to evolve in today’s modern rolls. To learn more about this delicious cuisine’s evolution, check out this video.

    If sushi is on the top of your list of favorite foods, then be sure to come and try the many rolls on our menu here at  House of Genji. To learn more about our Japanese teppen-yaki style steak house, call (408) 453-8120.

  • Choosing a Healthier Lunch for Your Workday

    You do not have to sacrifice taste to maintain a healthy diet. The next time you go out to lunch on a workday, use the following tips to choose a healthier lunch that still hits the spot:

    Fish and lean meat are great sources of protein. There are plenty of amazing lunch options that include fish and chicken. Seaweed found in Japanese menu items like sushi has a lot of vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber that can benefit your whole body. Opt for meals with a lot of vegetables that help you meet your daily quota and still enjoy delicious flavors.

    Gourmet Meal

    When you do lunch at House of Genji in San Jose, you have a huge selection of  healthier lunch items  that are full of flavor. From our lunch duos to our sushi options, we give you a way to eat healthy and still enjoy your meal. Check us out online or call (408) 453-8120 to learn more about our amazing lunch selections.