Yakiniku

Yakiniku 焼肉(やきにく) = BBQ in Japan. Place you can enjoy Grilled Marbled Wagyu (和牛(わぎゅう)). You grill your own food, dip in the sauce, eat with rice. It’s one of my favorite Japanese cuisines.

Introduced by a Korean guy called 林光植 in a shop called 食道園 in Osaka in 1941. At that time, Japan just finished WW2, the ingredients are very limited. He started with 冷麺, chicken and pork. He also sold parts of food people throw away like: Liver, omasum, and Rumen.1 The shop was called "朝鮮料理", the name contains discrimination during that time.

In 1965, the にほんこくとだいかんみんこくとのあいだのきほんかんけいにかんするじょうやく (Treaty on Basic Relations between Japan and the Republic of Korea) fixed the naming issue by directly translating the name from プルコギ (Bulgogi) into 焼肉.

「焼肉」と呼称するようになったのは1965年に日本国と大韓民国との間の基本関係に関する条約が結ばれ、韓国籍に移る者が増え、在日朝鮮人の主張した朝鮮料理屋と在日韓国人の主張した韓国料理屋との呼称論争を収拾する案としてプルコギを直訳した「焼肉」が用いられることとなったのだとの説を主張している。
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Every 29th day of the month is "肉の日" (に 2、きゅう 9)。Yakiniku nowadays is a celebration meal for couples, families, get together.

Goes so well with rice...

Goes so well with rice...

What to order

Side dishes

キムチ
Kimchi

ナムル
Korean Vegetable Pickles

Meat

ぎゅうたん
Beef Tongue, famous from Sendai. Usually with Lemon sauce and spring onions.

ロース
みすじ
Inner shoulder meat

カルビ
Bonless short ribs

イチボ

ハラミ
Outside skirt

赤身(あか)
lean meat

If you’re feeling adventurous:

ホルモン
Intestines

You can finish the meal with 冷麺 or ビビンバ.

Vocabs

炙り(あぶり)

The prefixes that denote meat quality: (じょう), 極み(きわみ), 極上(ごくじょう), 特上(とくじょう).

The rank of beef C1 (lowest) to A5 (highest): C1..C5, B1..B5, A1..A5.

網を替えてください
Please change the grill net.

Try in Tokyo

A very cheap chain to try alone 「七輪焼肉【安安】」, see it in action:

These shops you can make a online reservation:

Links