Updated: June 05, 2017
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Teishoku: The Japanese Style Meal Sets

Do you know what Teishoku is? It may be a term that you want to be familiar with before making a visit to Japan. This article will help you learn about the Japanese Teishoku culture and find out where you can eat them.

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What is Teishoku?

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Teishoku can be directly translated to meal set. This term refers to the combination of white rice, miso soup, tsukemono, and your choice of main dish. In Japan, the word "Ichiju-Issai", which means a bowl of soup and one dish, is the origin of Japan's Teishoku culture. This has gradually evolved into the meal sets of today. Teishoku is healthy and cheap, so it is still a popular food culture in Japan.

The Typical Ingredients

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Miso Soup

Miso soup is made by mixing miso (Japanese seasoning made by fermenting soybeans and salt), but there are akadashi (red miso soup) and shirodashi (white miso soup). Also, dashi is used, mainly fish broth and vegetable stock. Typical ingredients include, tofu, seaweed, and clams.
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Broiled Fish

One of the most typical teishoku is the "Yakizakana Teishoku," which basically means broiled fish teishoku. A common fish used is salmon, and it is broiled in soy sauce.
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Rice

For Japanese people, a meal is not complete without rice. It is an essential part of Japanese people's diet. Therefore, a teishoku is only complete with a bowl of rice.
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Pickled Vegetables(tsukemono)

Picked vegetables are always present in a Teishoku, and it is mainly eaten with the rice. Typical vegetables used in tsukemono are cucumbers and radish.

Where Can You Find Teishoku?

Now that you know what Teishoku is, find out where you can eat some cheap and healthy teishoku! Although there are many teishoku restaurants in Japan, here's a few!

Ootoya Restaurant: Teishoku That Tastes Like Your Mother's Home-Cooked Meal

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Ootoya is a famous Japanese teishoku chain restaurant, and is now located not only in Tokyo, but also in many places around the world.Ootoya promotes their concept of making their food taste like their mom's home-cooked meal, so there is a sense of warmth and homeliness in their presentation of food and its taste.
You can enjoy healthy teishoku here, and some examples are "Salted Salmon Teishoku", "Pork Ginger Teishoku" and "Chicken and Vegetables with Black Vinegar Sauce." The price is ranged from around ¥600~¥1,500.

Yayoi: Promoting Japan's Teishoku Culture To The World

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YAYOI is another worldly famous Japanese teishoku chain restaurant, located in Japan, Australia, USA, Singapore, Taiwan, Philippines, and Thailand. The price range is around the same as Ootoya. Some of their menus include, "Deep-fried Chicken (karaage) Teishoku", "Tonkatsu Teishoku" and "Yakizakana Teishoku."

Komachi Shokudo: A 24-Hour Open Teishoku Restaurant

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This is a local Teishoku restaurant located in several areas in Tokyo called "Komachi Shokudo." This store is located in 8 different places within Tokyo, like Shinjuku, Ikebukuro and Okachimachi. There are over 60 different kinds of Japanese dishes that you can choose for your Teishoku. It is a self-serve style restaurant, but if you want your dish warm the staff will do it for you. And surprisingly, this store is open for 24 hours, so it you can enjoy eating Teishoku at any time!

Lastly...

If you want a cheap lunch in Japan that is also healthy, you should try eating Teishoku. It is also a great experience to expose yourself to the Japanese food culture!
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