Smells like Yakitori

One of the pitfalls of making yakitori before work in the mornings: I now smell like a Yakitoriya. ^_^;;

Yakitori Bento

Bento #23 • 22 June 2006

Chicken Yakitori

bottom tier:
Yakitori and grilled eggplant basted with yakitori sauce. I removed the yakitori from their skewers to fit my bento box better.

Quail Egg Yakitori

top tier:
Rice garnished with a carrot and flat-leaf parsley flower, and quail eggs in yakitori sauce.

In the Hello Kitty container is the mango pudding that never dies! More than a week in the fridge and still good, I’m down to my last 2 pudding cups. I also have a little sauce cup of milk. And of course, as additional munchies, a handful of green tea marshmallows!

YAKITORI RECIPE v. 30 August 2011

Chicken skewers:
chicken thighs
green onions, cut into inch long pieces
wooden skewers, soaked in water (to prevent burning)

1/3 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup sugar
3 tsp sake
1 tsp flour

1. Wash / soak the skewers in water. This is to prevent the wood from burning.
2. Cut the chicken into bite-sized chunks, with a little allowance for shrinkage.
3. Skewer the chicken and the green onions alternately. I usually put around 4-5 chunks per skewer.
4. Mix together sauce ingredients, then bring to boil. Lower heat and simmer until slightly thickened.
5. Baste the chicken with the sauce, then grill over medium heat for 5-10 minutes until cooked but not dry. Baste the chicken with the sauce while grilling for extra flavor.
6. Serve while hot.

additional note: The sauce is also great with quail eggs :D, and I guess with any other vegetable or meat they serve at traditional yakitoriyas.

adapted from:
A Taste of Japan
by Masaki Ko
Periplus Publishing

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8 Responses to Smells like Yakitori

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  4. KM_07 says:

    I love this foodsite, from food prep to arranging them in cute bento boxes, damn so artistic! ^_^. i wish i could have a pair of those bento boxes also. i wonder where can i bought those.

    • kaoko says:

      Thank you KM_07! I’m glad you’re liking it here. About bento boxes, they can be bought online, your local Japanese groceries, and sometimes, even normal western style stores have them too. Just check out the lunchbox section 😀

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  6. Drew says:

    Quail Eggs on a STICK!! Genius!!!!

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