Yakiniku meaning “grilled meat”, is a Japanese term which, in its broadest sense, refers to grilled meat dishes. Yakiniku restaurant is derived from the Korean restaurants in Osaka and Tokyo which were opened around 1945.
In a yakiniku restaurant, diners order several types of prepared raw ingredients (either individually or as a set) which are brought to the table. The ingredients are cooked by the diners on a grill built into the table throughout the duration of the meal, several pieces at a time. The ingredients are then dipped in sauces known as tare before being eaten. The most common sauce is made of Japanese soy sauce mixed with sake, mirin, sugar, garlic, fruit juice and sesame. Garlic-and-shallot or miso-based dips are sometimes used.
Yakuniku is a variant of bulgogi that has been modified by Zainichi Koreans to appeal to Japanese tastes.
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