Updated: December 13, 2018
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Yakitori in Japan! What It Is And What To Order!

Yakitori in Japan, you might be familiar with it or you might not be at all. Here's what to know about yakitori: what it is and what to order when you go to a yakitori restaurant. Have an amazing time!

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What is Yakitori?

Yakitori is basically just chicken parts on a skewer and cooked over a charcoal fire. Although it may sound like a simple dish, it's hard to cook perfectly so that the chicken is well cooked yet still tender.
The skewers can be seasoned with "tare" (a soy sauce based sauce) or salt. Simple and delicious, and generally cheap. What's not to love!

Different Types Of Yakitori

Chicken on a skewer, choices are rather limited, right?
Actually not! You can order a lot of chicken parts and prepared in a variety of ways so there's actually a lot to choose from.
You can, for example, get chicken thigh, breast meat, wings, skin, meatballs, etc.
And for the brave hearts: hearts, liver, intestines, etc.

What To Get?

As they say, when in Rome... do as the Japanese and start off with a nice cold beer. Yakitori restaurants tend to be quite lively and loud, and are great places to hang out with friends or colleagues.
Typically people order them little by little and enjoy them while they're still hot.

Some of the most popular dishes are thigh meat (momo), chicken meatballs with the cartilage (tsukune), just the cartilage (nankotsu), chicken with pieces of leak (negima), chicken wings (tebasaki), chicken liver (pronounced "liba"), gizzard (sunagimo), heart (hatsu), and chicken tail (bonjiri).

Since yakitori is a relatively healthy meal, if you order some vegetable skewers as well, it makes for a really tasty and balanced meal. One of my personal favourites is asparagus wrapped in bacon.

Where To Try Yakitori in Tokyo

Here are suggestions for some of the best yakitori restaurants in Tokyo. Enjoy :)
Lili Wanderlust
I love travelling and discovering new cuisines. Japan has a panoply of local dishes to try. I also love yoga, coffee, reading, and cycling.

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