What is Yakitori? And why is it great?
Yakitori may sound a little exotic the first few times you hear it, but after eating it a couple of times you’ll realize it is just good old bbq chicken on skewers. Yakitori, literally barbecued chicken on skewers, is great in several different ways.
- 1. Super easy to eat
Having yakitori means you don’t have to get your fingers all dirty and you don’t need to worry about a knife and fork. With skewers at your outdoor BBQ, you don’t have to keep track of your eating utensils or find a hard surface to set your paper plate on to cut your chicken. You can easily eat it standing or sitting.
- 2. Grilling is way easy
Yakitori allows you to focus on smaller chunks of meat at a time and chunks of meat that are consistently sized so they will cook more evenly. You can place skewers on the grill, flip them and when they are done cooking you can simply hand them over to your friends without ever having to use tongs or a fork. You will need your tongs for the coals, so don’t be too quick to throw them out.
- 3. Chicken tastes way better
Yakitori makes chicken, taste better because the meat is cut into consistent bite size pieces. This means that each and every bite will capture all the textures and flavors. Each bite can be seared the way you like. Each bite will be lightly salted or dipped in just the right amount of teriyaki sauce. The inside of the chicken will all be juicy and tender. Barbecuing whole chicken breasts or thighs, for example often leaves the outside slightly over cooked in order to make sure the center is properly cooked. The outside is also where all the seasons are. You usually end up with very different tasting bites depending on whether you eat from the outside or the inside of the chicken breast or chicken thigh. Yakitori makes every bite taste more consistent and more the way you want them.
- 4. Yakitori is extremely popular in Japan. You can find a yakitori pub around practically every corner in major cities such as Tokyo or Osaka. You may even find that it is more common than sushi. In grocery stores you can find pre-cooked yakitori that you can bring home and simply warm up for your party.
- 5. Yakitori is fun to grill, a little challenging to prepare, very inexpensive, and a wonderfully delicious and healthy way to barbecue!
Questions about yakitori and skewering are very welcome!
Yakitori Order from Furin