If you enjoy dining at Japanese restaurants, you’ve probably come across the terms hibachi, teppanyaki, and teriyaki on a menu. Japanese steakhouses have different ways of preparing and cooking meat, and understanding these terms will help you out the next time you order Japanese food.
A traditional hibachi in Japan was a container made of wood or ceramic, lined with metal, that was either built into a piece of furniture, or created as a portable device. Hibachis were used to burn charcoal and wood for cooking. In America, the Hibachi grills that are seen in Japanese restaurants are small, open-hearth grills, usually with seating around them, on which a chef prepares your meal. These grills can be charcoal or electric, and can have a flat iron or ridged grill top for different cooking styles.
Hibachi or Teppanyaki Cooking
Teppanyaki, or Tappan, cooking encompasses any Japanese food that is cooked on an iron grill, like a Hibachi grill. Hibachi dishes typically consist of thinly sliced meat, vegetables, rice, and soy sauce. Vegetables are grilled on a Hibachi grill, and the meat is seasoned with soy sauce, and occasionally ginger, then cooked very quickly on a very hot grill. The meat and vegetables are then served over rice.
Teriyaki translates from Japanese to English as “glossy grilled.” This style of preparing meat involves the use of Teriyaki sauce to coat or “gloss” the meat before cooking. Traditional Teriyaki sauce is a light, sweet glaze made of soy sauce, sugar, sake, and mirin. Additional spices are added to taste. Marinated meat is cut into small pieces and grilled on skewers. Teriyaki sauce is added to the meat continuously as it cooks, giving the meat its glossy look.
At House of Genji, we serve delicious, authentic Japanese food to the San Jose area. Our cocktail lounge and sushi bar are a great place to spend happy hour, or you can enjoy a teppanyaki -style lunch or dinner at our hibachi grill. Call us today at (408) 453-8120 to make a reservation.
If you enjoy Japanese dining, you’ve probably tried sake at your favorite Japanese restaurant. Sake is a Japanese rice wine that is traditionally served warm, and the temperature of the Sake can make its flavor vary slightly.
Watch this video to learn more about how Sake is served. You’ll be walked through the steps of warming your sake, and serving it properly in the appropriate cups.
If you love Japanese food, visit us at House of Genji. We offer authentic teppanyaki-style Japanese food to the San Jose area, and our cocktail lounge is the perfect atmosphere for happy hour drinks and appetizers. Call us today at (408) 453-8120 to make a reservation.
You may enjoy eating Japanese food, but how familiar are you with Japanese customs? Even if you can’t make it to Japan, the vibrant and fascinating culture of Japan is often demonstrated in authentic Japanese restaurants in the United States. Here is some information about a few interesting Japanese customs.
Avoid Walking and Eating
In Japan, it is considered to be in poor taste to walk while you eat food, as many believe that it looks sloppy and rude. Many people in Japan also believe that it is rude to eat in public, or on public transportation, as well. The only exceptions to this rule are if you are eating an ice cream cone while walking, or if you are standing at a counter at a Japanese restaurant to eat.
Go Ahead and Slurp Your Noodles
Slurping your soup or noodles is not considered rude in Japanese culture. In fact, in Japanese dining, slurping is an indication that you are enjoying your food and think it is delicious. If you don’t slurp, the cook and your dining companions may think you don’t like your food. Slurping also helps cool down the soup and noodles, as they are always served steaming hot.
Don’t Pour Your Own Drink
As in the United States, it is polite when in a Japanese restaurant to serve your companions a drink before you take one for yourself. However, you are not supposed to pour yourself a drink. Once you have served everyone else at the table, another guest will fill your glass for you. In addition, it is customary to wait to take the first sip until one of the guests says “kanpai,” or “cheers.”
If you’re looking for an authentic Japanese steakhouse in San Jose, visit us at House of Geni. You can enjoy a lunch or dinner of delicious Japanese food cooked on a hibachi grill right in front of you, or join us for sushi and drinks for happy hour in our cocktail lounge. To make a reservation, call us at (408) 453-8120.
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The right kind of sake can enhance your next meal at the Japanese restaurant in San Jose. Use this guide to learn more about the most popular types of sake so you know what to order the next time you eat out:
Junmai is considered the purest kind of sake because it does not have any starches or sugars added to change the flavor. Most people prefer this kind of sake hot. Honjozo has a small amount of alcohol added to really bring out the flavor. It should be served around body temperature. Ginjo is a lighter tasting sake and should be served chilled to get the most fragrant and flavorful experience. Daiginjo is extremely fragrant. It is most often enjoyed chilled.
Come to House of Genji to try out different kinds of sake and find your favorite. We serve some of the most delicious and authentic Japanese menu items in the area. To learn more, visit us online or call (408) 453-8120.
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