Preparing Yourself for a House of Genji Experience

Are you gearing up for your first visit to House of Genji? If so, we are excited to have you and want to let you know that you do not need to follow traditional Japanese customs and etiquette while you are dining with us. We will, however, use traditional Japanese cooking methods and authentic ingredients when preparing your meal.

At House of Genji, we serve Japanese teppan food. Teppan means “cooked on iron,” and we do that right in front of you. Our menu includes seafood, prime cuts of tender beef, delightfully seasoned veggies, our signature Genji fried rice, and more. To drink, you can choose from sake, beer imported from Japan, green tea, and a range of beverages that are more commonly consumed in the States than in Japan. We’ve even got a traditional Japanese dessert in the form of Japanese green tea ice cream.

teppan yaki

Want to learn anything else about our menus or dining with us before you have your first  House of Genji experience Call us at (408) 453-8120 to make a reservation or have your questions answered by a member of our knowledgeable team.

A Look at Proper Sake Etiquette

“Ich, ni, san! Sake, sake, sake!” You may have heard this in Japanese restaurants near your San Jose home, but it’s not exactly how the Japanese take their sake. If you wish to avoid accidentally breaking a glass and keep your alcohol intake under control, follow these tips on serving and consuming sake in accordance with traditional Japanese sake etiquette.

Pouring sake

Storing Sake
Like fine wine, sake is best stored in cool, dark rooms. Store your sake in a basement, wine cellar, or refrigerator. If a sake bottle has been stamped with a “best consumed by” date, mark it on your calendar and make a point to serve your sake before that date.

Serving Sake
For centuries in Japan and elsewhere throughout Asia, sake and other variations of rice alcohol have been served warm. As sake quality has improved, this has changed. Today, only sake of less-than-premium quality should be served warm. The finest-quality sakes are best served slightly chilled, at a temperature in the 45-55 degree range, in traditional sake containers. These include small  ochoko  or  guinomi  cups  and the larger  tokkuri  serving flask.

Heating Up Sake
If you are warming your sake, shoot to serve it at the temperature of a nice hot tub (100-104 degrees). To ensure that the sake does not come to a boil and lose some of its flavor or alcohol content, use only low heat.

Drinking Sake Down
They may be fun and appropriate in some venues, but sake bombs should never be consumed without permission from restaurant staff when you are out. Use traditional serving containers, keep sake chilled, and try to consume a bottle within a few hours of opening it. Should you be drinking a bottle on your own, do not follow this advice. Pour out how much you anticipate drinking, and preserve the rest immediately through refrigeration.

If you would like to serve or drink sake properly but do not want to purchase the  tokkuris  or risk messing anything up, head on over to  House of Genji. Proudly serving fresh sushi, fine sake, and some of the tastiest  tappan  food in San Jose, our venue is great for a range of occasions. For information about our menu items, which include sake, call (408) 453-8120.

The Right Way to Use Chopsticks

For many adults who grew up in the West with no East Asian traditions in the home, mastering chopstick use feels as unattainable a goal as mastering piano play without perfect pitch. If you struggle with chopsticks and want to learn how they are supposed to be used, check out this educational video clip.

If you have tried to get the hang of eating with chopsticks using just your intuition, perhaps you are simply ignorant of helpful information that is more or less implied in countries where chopsticks are used regularly. For instance, did you know that the bottom chopstick is not supposed to move at all once it is set in your hands?

Feeling ready to put your chopstick skills to the test? Head on over to  House of Genji in San Jose  for some  teppan  food. In case tonight is not the night you’re ready to try chopsticks, we’ll bring you a knife and fork. Call us at (408) 453-8120 for information about our opening hours and menu. 

Boost Flavor and Health with Wasabi

“Wasabiiii!” is not what you heard in those popular Super Bowl halftime show beer commercials a decade or so back. If you like to eat sushi and teppan food, you probably already knew that. And if you already like the taste of the thick green paste that accompanies several Japanese dishes, you may like wasabi even more after reading about its health benefits.

Wasabi

Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Wasabi may help prevent or fight inflammation of the stomach, other muscles and organs, and joints. You may be able to keep your risk of arthritis, gastric inflammation, and other uncomfortable illnesses by incorporating wasabi into your diet more often.

Allergy Relief
Seasonal allergies are a nuisance, and there is only so much that medication does for some allergy sufferers. While eating wasabi will not cause your allergies to cease entirely, mixing it with the soy sauce you dip your sushi into may provide some temporary relief.

Heart Health
Wasabi, like other spicy and pungent ingredients such as chili and garlic, helps lower cholesterol levels. Prevent blood clotting and reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke by indulging in wasabi more frequently.

Reduces Risk of Cancer
Nutrients found in wasabi  may lower one’s risk of breast cancer, skin cancer, and stomach cancer. Make a point to start eating more wasabi now, and it may be one of a few special food products that protects you against future cancer cell growth. Early studies suggest that wasabi may even help kill existing cancer cells.

Has it been awhile since your last wasabi kick? If you are in the mood to feel the intense, short-lasting sensation that occurs when you generously top your sushi with wasabi, pay a visit to  House of Genji  in San Jose. To learn about our teppan food, chef, and restaurant philosophy, visit our website or call (408) 453-8120.