Chicken yakitori is a basic skewer-served Japanese grilled recipe. The chicken meat is basted as it cooks over a hot barbecue grill with a savory-sweet sauce. It works as a fast appetizer served with a couple of other sides for a crowd or lunch.
The preparation includes skewing the meat with Kushi, a form of skewer typically made from iron, bamboo, or similar materials. They are then cooked over a flame of charcoal. During or after cooking, the meat is generally seasoned with tare sauce or salt. The term is usually used informally in particular for kushiyaki.
Yakitori is typically cooked and designed for convenience and portability. This is the most common method used by yatai, but restaurants can use stationary grills and higher quality binchōtan charcoal, depending on the situation.
About Yakitori: Japanese Skewered Chicken Recipe
The sauce yakitori is usually the star of this dish of chicken. It is a blend of umami and spicy spices, soy sauce, mirin sweet cooking wine, sweet brown sugar, acidic rice vinegar, fresh ginger, and garlic.
Yakitori is a common street food, mostly sold from small carts and stalls known as yatai, due to its ease of preparation and portability. Yatai can be found spotted in streets during festivals, among other places, or on heavily trafficked routes during the evening commute where customers enjoy beer and sake with yakitori.
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