Tips for Eating with Chopsticks

Like many East Asian Countries, Japan inherited several dining customs from China. The most prominent of these is the use of chopsticks. According to the most strict and formal Japanese etiquette, chopsticks are the only acceptable utensils to use for small morsels of solid food. Though you can of course obtain a fork at Japanese restaurants in San Jose, use chopsticks for a more authentic experience.

In your dominant hand, hold the upper chopstick as though it were a writing utensil, firmly but not too tightly. Tuck the other one into the crook of your thumb, and rest it on your ring finger, holding it still. Move only the upper chopstick, and use the very tips lightly to grasp food. When resting your chopsticks, never place them upright into a bowl of food, as this is considered very rude in Japan.

Rice Bowl

Bite-sized teppanyaki morsels or pieces of sushi rolls are easy to eat with chopsticks, and you can practice your chopstick skills with these foods at House of Genji. For table reservations or other inquiries, call us at (408) 453-8120.

Answers to Your Questions About Sake

Though many diners enjoy Japanese beers such as Kirin and Sapporo with their sushi or teppanyaki, the most traditional drink to accompany Japanese food is sake. If you have never tasted this unique beverage before, consider ordering it the next time you are dining out at a Japanese restaurant. Here are answers to some common questions about sake:

Pouring sake

Is Sake Wine or Beer?
Neither. Sake is made from fermented rice. This is not the same type of rice served with your sushi or teppanyaki dinner, but a special rice selected and grown specifically for sake making. Sake does contain about 15% to 18% alcohol, a similar percentage to many wines. The brewing process, however, is more similar to beer production than winemaking. But since it is made from a different grain than beer, sake has an entirely different look and taste. It is a clear liquid with a complex flavor profile all its own.

Can I Order Vintage or Aged Sake?
Most sake is aged for only six months after brewing before being bottled. Again, this is similar to beer, though sake does not develop the carbonation and corresponding that beer has.  Sake brewers  very rarely label their bottles with vintage years, and almost never age it beyond the standard six months after brewing. Sake is meant to be drunk “young,” like beer, and begins to lose flavor about a year after it is bottled.

Should Sake Be Drunk Hot or Cold?
In the past, some Westerners observed some Japanese people drinking hot sake, and mistakenly assumed that all sake should always be served piping hot. In fact, this is a fallacy: sake served hot was almost always of inferior quality. Some good quality sakes may be drunk slightly above room temperature, but most taste best slightly chilled.

Visit House of Genji  to sample our selection of fine sakes from Japan. Our servers will be glad to help you select the perfect sake to complement your teppanyaki dinner or sushi lunch. Call us at (408) 453-8120 to reserve your table today.

The Health Benefits of Salmon

Salmon is one of the most popular fishes to eat in cuisines across the world. In Japanese cuisine, salmon can be served grilled as part of a teppanyaki dining experience, in thin slices as nigiri, or in various sushi roll preparations. Whether you eat it grilled, smoked, or raw, salmon is very dense in nutrients. Some of the health benefits of salmon include:

sashimi

Increased Brain Function
Salmon contains relatively high amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids, such as the compounds called EPA and DHA. In fact, DHA is one of the main chemical building blocks of the human brain, and some scientific studies have linked it to improved memory function in certain subjects. While some people choose to take fish oil capsule supplements to get extra Omega-3s, why do that when you can  eat delicious salmon

Improved Cardiovascular Function
Omega-3s have also been linked to improved cardiovascular function, and they may help to keep arteries open and blood pressure low. They are unsaturated fats, which unlike saturated fats have been linked to lower risk for heart disease and hypertension. This means that salmon, whether rolled up with rice in sushi or seared over high heat on a tabletop teppanyaki grill, is heart-healthy food.

Elevated Nutrient Density
As already noted, salmon has many different nutrients. It is high in protein but low in saturated fat, which helps you feel full after a small portion and provides you with the amino acids you need to maintain a healthy muscle mass. It also contains ample amounts of vitamins B-6 and B-12, which are associated with metabolic and nervous system function. Salmon will also deliver a good amount of vitamin D, which among other things helps with calcium absorption.

At  House of Genji in San Jose, our teppanyaki chefs will cook your healthy salmon on our tabletop grill, or you can enjoy this fish in our hand-formed sushi rolls or nigiri. To make a reservation, call (408) 453-8120 today.

 

See a Teppanyaki Chef in Action

Teppanyaki food is delicious, whether you are eating grilled chicken, steak, shrimp, salmon, or vegetables. But teppanyaki is much more than a tasty meal—it’s also a show. Chefs entertain customers with knife juggling and even food juggling, flinging perfectly grilled morsels into the air and then onto diners’ plates.

Watch this video get a taste of some of the impressive knife tricks that teppanyaki chefs can perform.

To experience this uniquely Japanese form of dining, call House of Genji in San Jose at (408) 453-8120 to reserve your table. Whether you are craving steak or sushi,  our menu has something for everyone.