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Japan Class Series - Yakitori 101, November 17, 2018


History of Yakitori

Yakitori is a recent phenomenon in the long history of Japan. There are records of it dating to the Edo period but it is more commonly known from the Meji period as a street food.

Eating meat gradually became known to people as new customs from Europe were introduced to Japan as part of the Meiji Restoration. Chicken also began to be eaten but only as an exclusive dish served at restaurants. For common people, unused parts of chicken meat from restaurants, such as gara (bones) and suji (tendon), were grilled on skewers and were sold at street stalls, which became the origin of today’s yakitori.

Favorite chicken parts among Japanese people include momo (thigh), kawa (skin), nankotsu (cartilage), teba (wing), sunagimo (gizzard), hatsu (heart),and tsukune (chicken meat ball).

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