Delving into the History of Hibachi

If you’ve ever eaten delicious Japanese food prepared on a hibachi grill, you may be interested in learning about the history of hibachi cooking. Hibachis originated in Japan, and then found their way to the United States. Hibachi grilling is now practiced in Japanese restaurants that serve authentic teppanyaki-style dishes. Here’s a look at how the Hibachi grilling tradition evolved.

Early Japanese Hibachis

Historians believe that the earliest hibachis were developed in Japan between 794 and 1185 A.D. They were originally made from wood and clay, but later were crafted out of metal, ceramic, and porcelain. They became highly ornate and decorative over time. Traditional hibachis were heated with charcoal, and were only used as small heating devices, not as hibachi grills. It wasn’t until they came to America that they began being used as grills.

Hibachi Grills in America

In America, “hibachi” is a term that is primarily used to describe a hibachi grill. When these grills were originally brought to America, their name was changed from “shichirin” to “hibachi” because it was believed to be easier to pronounce. They look similar to historic Japanese hibachis, and are used in homes and in Japanese restaurants to prepare both American and Japanese food. These grills are typically very small and portable, and are still heated using charcoal.

Modern Hibachi Grills and Teppanyaki-Style Japanese Dining

Hibachi-style and teppanyaki-style Japanese food are incredibly popular menu items at Japanese steakhouses and Japanese restaurants. Chefs prepare Japanese food on a large hibachi grill directly in front of diners, and the experience is often an exciting spectacle. Many different types of traditional Japanese food can be prepared teppanyaki-style on a hibachi grill, from meat and seafood to vegetables, noodles, and rice.

If you want to experience authentic Japanese teppanyaki in San Jose, visit us at Genji Japanese Steakhouse and Cocktails. Our chefs have been preparing delicious Japanese food for years, and you can enjoy your meal in our beautiful Japanese dining room, or our elegant cocktail lounge. To learn more about our menu, call us today at (408) 453-8120.

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