You Cook, You Eat, You Pay2012-04-15
We went to Yakiniku Tajimaya at Crossroads for dinner because it was my papa's birthday! Originally, we had planned to go to this taiwanese shabu-shabu place near Ayala, but it was packed when we got there so my parents suggested we go to Yakiniku instead. It was a new experience, having to go to a restaurant and actually cook your own food. Similar to shabu-shabu places, you cook your own food too, but most of it's (shabu-shabu) already half-cooked and all you need is to let it simmer in the broth. At Yakiniku, you grill your own food-- charcoal barquettes, of course. You're probably getting this image in your mind of Larsian, where it's all smokey and foggy hahaha that's what I had originally expected too, but they used charcoal, instead of the usual "uling" which is typically used for bbqs in the Philippines. It took us a couple of orders to get the grilling thing right, so if you, dear reader, plan on going to Yakiniku, here are some tips I've thought of:
1. You're probably really hungry and can't wait to eat, but seriously, be patient in cooking your food. The Japanese may be used to eating raw fish and chicken (yes, some Jap dishes include raw chicken), but are you? Ever heard of Salmonella? Ecoli? Trichinosis? Ring any bells? Yes? No? Perfect time for google.
2. Don't dump all your meat on the grill at once. We did that the first try, and it ended up being a total fail. We could smell our meat burning, but we couldn't really pick out which one was burnt because there was too much meat on the grill. Place the pieces evenly apart from each other, not too far apart, and not too close, while flipping them over every now and then to evenly cook the meat.
3. Use the tongs provided on the table. Do Not use your chopsticks! They're flammable, remember?
4. Fire's too hot? Ask for ice.
5. Spice it up. Other than the chili sauce they give you, per table, there's a tray of sauces. Experiment. There's soy sauce (i'm guessing Kikkoman?), this green thing that's kinda gingery and garlicy and oniony all in one, this red paste which is really tomatoey, and this other paste that's dark brown. Sauce is free. Abuse it. *Kidding.
6. Mouth feeling too hot? Chill. There's free ice cream ;)
Yakiniku's a bit pricey, but if you're doing it right, it's totally worth it!
See more photos and the original post on my blog:
Skip the squid balls-- go for the meat.
Date of Visit: 2012-03-05