Showing posts with label barbecue. Show all posts
Showing posts with label barbecue. Show all posts

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Comfort food: Yakiniku at home

I start February by writing about another guilty pleasure of ours - yakiniku. I first enjoyed eating Japanese style beef barbecue while residing in Japan in the 1990s. It was introduced to me by friends one lunch after going to church in Meguro back in February 1996 during my first trip to Japan. There was a nearby yakiniku place that offered unlimited rice (tabehodai gohan) to customers. It was popular among Filipinos, particularly us students who were mostly from the Tokyo Institute of Technology. I was a Visiting Scientist then and staying at Tokodai (now I think they prefer Tokyo Tech) for 35 days. I recall the restaurant was naturally warm (they did specialize in barbecue) and so was welcome to us due to the cold weather outside.

We still try to go to a yakiniku restaurant once in a while when in Japan and even here in Metro Manila. But what is usually available to us is the Korean version, which many say is the one adapted by the Japanese. Whichever was first, though, we enjoy this home version of barbecue over either a gas or electric stove using a grilling pan that's just right for the purpose.

We get our beef from a nearby supermarket where the staff can slice the sirloin or ribeye to the desired thickness. Of course, Kobe or Wagyu beef would be most preferable but these are uncommon in most supermarkets (what more in wet markets?) and are expensive. 
You can purchase your preferred dipping sauces from most supermarkets nowadays that have international sections. 
Those who are a bit discouraged by the Japanese on the labels need only to look at the back for a sticker showing a translation in English for the description of the sauce.


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Barbecue Singaporean-style

When we met up with friends at Lau Pa Sat, we ordered barbecue from one of the hawkers so we could have some 'fuel' for the catching up and exchange of stories that night. There seemed to be a lot of choices based on the menu provided to us but when you scan the pages, you realise its basically chicken, beef, pork and an assortment of seafoods. They just appear to have many items because of the combinations (sets) that also mentioned the volume of food you get. We went for the chicken satay, pork barbecue and grilled prawns set to go with our individual purchases from the other food stalls at Lau Pa Sat.

Assortment of grilled food
There are many hawkers of grilled food that night and it appears that they are usually there only during the late afternoon to night time when there are a lot of people eating at Lau Pa Sat. It's easy to make an order as there are many hawkers going around with menus on hand. Cost-wise, there are many sets to select from and prices are very reasonable and won't hurt your pocket. Of course, it is better if you were a group so you can enjoy ordering and sharing more food. Chances are, if you are by yourself or a couple, you might best just get food from one of the many stalls at Lau Pa Sat. Of course, if you want to enjoy barbecue, you can probably opt for the smaller sets.