Steak is something in Ontario that usually only people eat on a special occasion. Its also usually only classified as a mans meal, something I picture a man eating for dinner with his boss or man friends. Its also really expensive, so no wonder why its reserved for special time. Hey what about you guys? Do you eat steak often?
Anyways, A few days ago I went to a very famous steak restaurant in Japan, sorry I forgot the name. It is extremely expensive, high end and fancy. Since it was steak I figured it would be just like western steak (Waiter walks over and plops down a plate with a large hunk of meat placed on it, small sprinkles of pepper and steak spices).
The first thing they brought us was Salad and Tofu in soup. It was SO GOOD!. I was extremely surprised at the quality of ingredients. The soup even had Yuzu in it. The salad had some raw lotus root in it, which I also love very much.
One thing that can be pretty common in Japan is they usually cook the food in front of you. This is something some westerners find strange but its one of the best ideas. Now you can see actually what they are doing with your food
The chef comes to your table, asks you how you want your food done and then prepares it right in front of your eyes. We asked for medium rare steak and he began to prepare it. He asked us of we wanted bread or rice (In Japan everyone eats either bread or rice with EVERY meal, If you don't eat one of these its seen as strange).
After the steak was done cooking the chef cut it into small pieces and divided it into 3 (there was 3 people) and he put it on our plates. He then gave us two kinds of sea salt (French and German) and pepper to put on our steak. As well as dipping sauce? to dip it. As soon as this happened I started to think....This is yakiniku.
Yakiniku 焼肉 is