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Japanese Teppan-Yaki Grilling

Japanese Teppan-Yaki Grilling

Teppanyaki is a type of Japanese cuisine that uses an iron griddle to cook food. Teppan means iron plate, and yaki means to grill or burn. Therefore, Teppanyaki refers to grilling on an iron plate. Many popular dishes are cooked in this style include okonomiyaki, modan-yaki, yakisoba, and Kobe-beef. Teppanyaki grills are commonly mistaken as hibachi barbecues, mainly due to the popularity of American restaurants, such as Benihana, which popularized teppanyaki cooking as hibachi grill cooking. Hibachi grills use gas or charcoal with an open grate design, where a teppanyaki grill uses a propane-heated surface. Teppanyaki-style cooking continues to have a popular following among foreigners, which has prompted teppanyaki chefs in both Japan and America to perform tricks, such as the onion's stacked to form a volcano or making a beating heart out of fried rice. Western influenced teppanyaki focuses on proteins and seafood with vegetables, while more traditional Japanese-style teppanyaki includes the use of noodles, grilled cabbage, and animal fat.

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