Since India for some reason didn’t quite work out for us the way we had hoped it would, we figured we’d continue our journey to our next destination, Japan, early in order to have everything ready and done and whatnot – just to arrive a week late. We must have taken a wrong turn somewhere in Vietnam or China, because I don’t think that the Eiffel Tower is on the way, no?
Anyways, the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Japanese food is sushi. Since none of us like sushi, that was quickly out the window (and to be honest, it never was in the window to begin with). The second thing coming to mind is teriyaki. And since we (including Nico) like chicken and skewered stuff, Chicken Yakitori was our next plan. How does Yakitori and Teriyaki work together? Well we don’t have tare sauce, so we went with its cousin, the readily available Teriyaki.
The first step was fairly quick: Take the chicken breast, cut off the fat and sinews, then cut it into small cubes (about half an inch to an inch size) and put them into a big ziploc bag, Nico then helped dump a jar of teriyaki sauce into it and off into the fridge to marinate it went. I love preparations like that, haha. We could have made our own teriyaki sauce, but my parents were visiting from Germany, we were on the road for good parts of the week before (and after), so we opted for the easier way and went store bought for this one. But hey, if you want to give it a go, by all means and go for it.
While the chicken did its thing in the fridge, the plan changed a bit and instead of firing up the barbecue in the high heat we had and going through the trouble of skewering things up, we figured to just put the chicken into our wok and kind of stirfry it, also adding some peas to it (we checked first, they are used in Japan, too). We cooked up some plain white rice and voila – we had ourselves some Teriyaki Chicken, which may not be the most traditional way of doing it, but let’s consider ourselves severely inspired, lol. And Nico has now added Teriyaki in its various applications to his favourite meals, so big success!
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