Hello, this is TORA.

These days, there seems to be a “Teriyaki” flavor for everything from fast foods, traditional Japanese foods, and snacks.

What is teriyaki?

The “Teriyaki” cooking method works like this: First you make a sauce, by simmering a mixture of soy sauce, Japanese Sake, and sugar.
Then you brush this sauce on foods while you cook it.

The fragrant smell and sweetness of soy sauce flavor are the best deliciousness of Teriyaki cuisine.

The foreign dictionary also has the word “teriyaki”. <Teriyaki> seems to be getting well established overseas.
When salmon, trout, Spanish mackerel, and chicken are baked by this way, it’s very good.

By the way, “the kabayaki of the eel dish is a kind of the teriyaki, too”.

The history of Teriyaki

Teriyaki has a long history, is now Japan’s widely popular taste.
Also, due to the advancement of Kikkoman (soy sauce company) to America, Teriyaki has spread widely overseas.
In overseas movies, the word “Teriyaki” is spoken in the scene of meals, and it seems that “Teriyaki sauce” is spreading a lot now in American homes.

What is charm of the teriyaki?

Firstly, it is very compatible with animal food products.
As I mentioned at the beginning, compatibility with meat and fish is very good.

Especially meat all match with Teriyaki.

My recommendation is teriyaki of the chicken. Because it is soy sauce taste, it adapts very well to Japanese tongue.
Also, because of rare seasonings mixed with saltiness and sweetness, it also adapts to Westerners who eat meat-centered eating habits.

What makes “Teriyaki” appealing is that through it you can see the originality of each chef.
When it comes to expensive food, ordinary people can’t really tell the differences in taste.
Only those with a developed palette can tell the difference in cooking methods and cooking times.
Teriyaki is different, though.
The ingredients and mixing ratios differ from chef to chef.
Compared to long-hour processing, a cooking method unique to American and European countries, teriyaki uses a very simple cooking method.
Therefore, the difference in flavors is very clear.

Some ”teriyaki”s have a strong sugar flavor, and some have a strong soy sauce flavor.
Some people even add honey to add mildness.
Teriyaki-flavored meals are the meals with which you can experience the “homemade taste” the most.


Thus Japanese teriyaki is also original wonderful culture.
I think “teriyaki” is a great example of the unique Japanese cultural trait of one thing having a lot of diversity.

Have you further deepened your knowledge of Teriyaki by this?
I hope you enjoy tasting various Teriyaki from now.
That’s all for today.

Otsukaresama deshita.