• Exploring the Roots of the Gyoza

    Gyoza are a popular appetizer and side order in Japanese restaurants. They are a type of Japanese pot sticker or dumpling. Traditionally, gyoza are made from very thin sheets of dough wrapped around fillings of vegetables or meats. Gyoza may be pan-fried, boiled, or deep-fried. Deep-fried gyoza are called age-gyoza. If you get the chance to visit a Japanese steakhouse, don’t miss the opportunity to order gyoza for a delicious and authentic Japanese dining experience!

    Chinese Origins of Gyoza

Although the gyoza is a Japanese food, it has its roots in China. It can be said to be a descendant of the jiaozi dumpling, which is a very popular snack in China. It’s thought that the jiaozi was created sometime after 150 AD by the same man who founded Chinese herbal medicine. This individual wanted to create a warm food that would help people get through the cold weather. Although the Chinese people enjoy jiaozi all year round, it’s a particularly popular menu item during the Chinese New Year.

Migration of Dumplings to Japan

It’s thought that dumplings were eaten in Japan at some point prior to 1700. However, they didn’t become popular until the 1940s. Wars have a way of exposing different cultures to each other, for better or worse, and this was the case with the second Sino-Japanese War. Japan was poor in natural resources, and northern China was very rich in natural resources. Japan invaded and occupied Manchuria in northern China with the goal of commandeering these natural resources. The Japanese ended up bringing home more than they’d bargained for, in the form of Chinese jiaozi. The humble dumpling became a favorite national food.

Modern Japanese Gyoza

Today, Japanese gyoza is a little different from Chinese jiaozi. One difference is that, in Japan, gyoza specialty shops often serve these pot stickers with white rice. Ramen shops serve them with ramen. Another difference is that dumplings in China are traditionally boiled, whereas the Japanese prefer to pan fry them.

House of Genji is famous for our delicious age-gyoza, served with soy and rice vinegar dipping sauce. If you’re in the mood for an incredible teppanyaki dining experience in San Jose, give us a call today at (408) 453-8120 to request reservations! Be sure to check out our cocktail lounge!

  • Take a Break from Your Day with a Teppanyaki Lunch

    Are you growing tired of the same old sandwich every day for lunch? Are you stuck in a rut of going to the same restaurants every day, or maybe even skipping lunch completely? Take a break in your day and get the boost of energy you need to take you through the rest of the day by opting for a teppanyaki lunch.

    Gathering your coworkers together to get to a Japanese restaurant for teppanyaki is a great way to get a breather from the demands of the day and to bond together outside of the office. A teppanyaki meal packed with protein and veggies will help you gear up for a strong finish when you get back to your desk.

    House of Genji offers an extensive menu of Japanese food options for lunch and dinner, including teppanyaki and hibachi. You can learn more about our lunch hours and menu by calling our Japanese restaurant in San Jose at (408) 453-8120.

  • Food Experiences to Try in Tokyo

    Tokyo is known for its huge array of dining options. Whatever your Japanese dining preferences, you will find them in the restaurants of Tokyo. This video explores five experiences you can’t miss if you are visiting Japan.

    Japanese steakhouses serve food in a way that is similar to teppanyaki dining, with chefs cooking in the center of the room. Among the many options in Japan, don’t miss the experience of dining on sushi in a conveyor belt restaurant.

    For Japanese dining closer to home, choose House of Genji. We offer a full menu of teppanyaki in San Jose as well as a variety of other Japanese food favorites. Find out more by calling (408) 453-8120.

  • Visiting Japan’s Onsen towns

    One thriving part of Japanese culture that is a must for visitors are onsen. Onsen are natural hot springs that are scattered throughout the country, thanks to Japan’s location in a volcanic region. Onsen each have different combinations of minerals that are believed to have medical benefits. You can visit indoor and outdoor onsen, as well as private, public, mixed gender, and separate gender. Many resort towns have sprung up around onsen to cater to visitors from around the world. Here is a look at some of the most popular locations.

    Kusatsu Onsen

    This resort is one of the most popular for people who want to visit onsen. Three hot springs feed water into the onsen at this resort, which is famed for using a traditional method of cooling the springs called yumomi. Yumomi involves using large paddles made of wood that fan the water to reduce the temperature. Visitors can enjoy a demonstration of yumomi being performed each day at the Netsu No Yu bathhouse.

    Kurokawa Onsen

    Kurokawa onsens in Kumamoto is the perfect choice for visitors in search of a more rustic experience. You won’t find high-rise hotels or flashing lights in this onsen town but rather a town that has carefully preserved an older way of life. There are three open-air baths as well as ample hiking experiences around the town, which sits between Mount Aso and the Kuju mountains.

    Dogo Onsen

    Dogo onsen, which can be found in Matsuyama, is the oldest in the country. The public bath opened in 1894 and is surrounded by a three-story, traditionally designed structure. Viewers of the film Spirited Away will recognize the building, as it was the inspiration for a bathhouse that appears in the animated feature.

    Although the onsen of Japan may be far away, Japanese food is not, thanks to House of Genji. Come experience teppanyaki and hibachi dining at our Japanese restaurant in San Jose. You can learn more about our menu by calling (408) 453-8120.

  • Exploring the Origins of Teriyaki

    In Japanese restaurants in the US, teriyaki is one of the most recognizable things on the menu for most people. In the US, teriyaki is usually thought of as a sauce, but in Japan, it is a style of cooking. The sauce may have originated not in Japan but in Hawaii, which is home to large ex-pat Japanese population. Here is a look at the history of teriyaki.

    Teriyaki as a Cooking Method

    In Japan, teriyaki as a style of cooking originated in the 17 th century. The “teri” part of the word loosely translates to “glazed,” while “yaki” means “broiled” or “grilled.” In Japan, the sauce that is used in meals that are prepared in teriyaki style is not necessarily like the teriyaki sauce used in Japanese restaurants in the US. Instead, when you see teriyaki on the menu in Japan, it is usually describing a glazed and grilled fish dish—usually salmon, tuna, or mackerel.

    Teriyaki Sauce in Hawaii

    The teriyaki sauce that is familiar in Japanese food in the US is believed to have been created by Japanese immigrants in Hawaii. The Japanese population there crafted a marinade that contained traditional flavors from Japan, like mirin, sake, and soy sauce, as well as ingredients that were indigenous to their new home in Hawaii, such as pineapple. Using this sauce as a marinade for grilled fish, chicken, and meat gradually increased in popularity and eventually become popular in the mainland in the 1960s, when there was an uptick in interest in Japanese cuisine.

    Teriyaki Sauce Today

    Today, teriyaki sauce typically contains some mixture of soy, mirin or sake, garlic, brown sugar, and pineapple juice. The sweet sauce can be used as a marinade, as a baste for cooking, or as a dipping sauce.

    You can enjoy teriyaki sauce along with a variety of Japanese food specialties at House of Genji, including traditional teppanyaki cooking. Find out more about our menu and hours by calling our Japanese restaurant in San Jose at (408) 453-8120.

  • Round Out Your Meal with Some of Our Delicious Side Dishes

    When it comes to finding delicious and entertaining Japanese dining, look no further than House of Genji, where we offer teppanyaki, sushi, and creative cocktails. To round out your meal at our Japanese restaurant, choose from the following side dishes that we offer:

    • Edamame Boiled soy beans in pods
    • Age-gyoza Japanese-style, deep-fried pot stickers
    • Ahe tataki Sliced and seared ahi tuna dipped in a ginger soy sauce
    • Tempura Shrimp and vegetables deep-fried in a light batter
    • Vegetable tempura A mix of deep-fried vegetables
    • Panko wings Tender chicken wings that are breaded and deep-fried
    • Tofu Agedashi tofu with traditional broth or our sweet and spicy sauce

    You can also choose from our scallop sauté, calamari sauté, deep-fried calamari, shrimp sauté, Genji soup, and Genji salad.

    Are you ready to enjoy delicious Japanese dining in San Jose? If so, then call House of Genji today at (408) 453-8120 to make your reservation with our Japanese steakhouse.

  • Why Teppanyaki Is the Right Choice for Your Teen’s Birthday Party

    Have you ever tried teppanyaki dining This fun and delicious dinner option is an ideal choice for birthdays and other events. If you’re in the process of organizing a dinner for your teen’s upcoming birthday party, then read on to learn why it makes sense to choose teppanyaki for the event.

    Delicious Food

    Finally, one of the most obvious reasons for choosing teppanyaki for your teen’s birthday party is the food. Teppanyaki involves cooking foods on a grill and can be used to prepare a huge range of delicious dishes. Some examples of what you might see on a teppanyaki menu include scallops, tuna, lobster, filet mignon, New York steak, vegetables, and tofu.

    Social Setting

    When visiting a teppanyaki restaurant, parties are seated around a large table. There is a big griddle in the center of the table, and the table’s chef stands and works from one side to prepare the meal. When it comes to birthday parties, this setup can be ideal, allowing the attendees to chat and enjoy each other’s company while being entertained and enjoying their food simultaneously.

    Menu Options

    When it comes to birthday food that everyone can agree on, most people settle for something simple like pizza or burgers. However, if you’re looking for something more interesting for your teen and his or her friends to enjoy, then consider making a reservation for a teppanyaki meal. With the many menu options to choose from, everyone is sure to find something that they love, making teppanyaki a great alternative to typical party foods.

    Lively Atmosphere

    If you’re looking for a way to provide your teen with a fun birthday dinner, then teppanyaki is the way to go. When your teen and several friends sit down around the big table and teppanyaki grill, they can converse with one another and watch together as the teppanyaki chef prepares their meals right before their eyes with both flair and skill.

    If you’d like to make your reservation for delicious Japanese food and teppanyaki in San Jose, then call House of Genji at (408) 453-8120.

  • Shake Up Your Sake Habit with These Cocktails

    For many people, Japanese dining and sake go hand-in-hand. If you frequently order this rice wine when you visit Japanese restaurants and want to enjoy it in new ways, then keep reading for some for some sake cocktail ideas.

    Cherry Sake Cocktail

    Can’t quite let go of summer? If so, then the cherry sake cocktail is for you. To make this fruity drink, you will need frozen cherries, sake, and ginger ale. To give the drink a more enticing appearance, add just a couple of drops of red food coloring.

    Sake Champagne Mojito

    If you enjoy traditional mojitos, then don’t pass up on the sake champagne mojito. For this recipe, you’ll need sake, extra dry champagne, fresh mint, lime juice, and liquid stevia. After muddling the mint, stevia, and lime juice, add the sake and champagne, stir, and serve over ice.

    Raspberry Sake Tea

    For something sweet, fruity, and fresh, consider trying a raspberry sake tea cocktail. This simple drink uses just raspberry flavored tea bags, sugar, water, and sake. The tea should first be brewed and then mixed with the sugar and left to cool in the refrigerator. To serve, mix in the sake and pour over ice. For added appeal, toss in a handful or fresh raspberries.

    Kyoho Cobbler

    If you want to make a visual statement, then the Kyoho cobbler hits the mark. This sake cocktail calls for sherry, sake, cachaça, white vermouth, gomme syrup, lemon juice, shiso leaves, and Kyoho grapes.

    Tangerine Ginger Sake Sangria

    Perfect for those warm afternoons in late summer and early fall, the tangerine ginger sake sangria is a sweet and spicy beverage that is delicious and easy to make. This sangria is made with sake, fresh ginger, sugar, water, tangerines, and fresh mint.

    You can find the recipes for these cocktails by clicking here.

    To enjoy some creative cocktails in a Japanese steakhouse setting, visit House of Genji for dinner or Happy Hour in our cocktail lounge in San Jose. To make your reservation, please call (408) 453-8120.

  • Healthy Sides to Go with Your Teppanyaki Meal

    One of the best things about Japanese food is that, in addition to being tasty, it can also be extremely healthy. Even if you are committed to a healthy eating lifestyle or are watching your caloric intake, teppanyaki can still be on the menu. There are plenty of healthy sides you can choose to supplement your Japanese dining experience and make your meal even more enjoyable.

    A popular Japanese side dish and appetizer that is also a healthy choice is edamame. These young soybeans in their pods are often boiled and served simply with salt for a tasty, protein-packed treat. Ahi tuna is also popular on Japanese menus and is typically served lightly seared, letting the rich flavor shine. Soups and salads are also commonly ordered as side dishes with teppanyaki meals.

    House of Genji has an extensive menu of Japanese dishes, alongside our popular teppanyaki meals. If you have any questions about teppanyaki dining in San Jose, call us at (408) 453-8120.

  • Go Off the Beaten Track in Tokyo

    Tokyo is a large, bustling city, and for visitors, it can be hard to discover the real culture outside of the tourist areas. By getting off the beaten track, you will be able to find the best Japanese restaurants, bars, clubs, and shopping.

    Watch this video to learn about some places to visit in Tokyo that are outside of the typical tourist attractions. Try some of these places for a more authentic Japanese experience when you visit the country.

    For a taste of authentic Japanese food in San Jose, choose House of Genji. Our Japanese dining includes teppanyaki, hibachi, and much more. You can learn more about our menu by calling (408) 453-8120.

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