No matter how you make it, chicken teriyaki is savory, sweet and sublime

At first, I sought the opinion of Taku Seattle and Kōbo Pizza's chef Shota Nakajima. “Teri” denotes glazed.   

During a recent phone call while in Japan, he explained that "yaki" meant grilled.   

The meal is being glazed while it cooks on the grill. That is the way teriyaki was originally defined.  

It is thought to have originated in Japan during the Edo period, which spanned the 17th to the 19th centuries.  

In their article "History of Teriyaki," William Shurtleff and Akiko Aoyagi stated that the term originally referred to a method of cooking rather than a specific meal.   

Tartare is a coating that imparts luster and sheen to meat or seafood that has been cooked over direct heat. It usually consists of soy sauce, mirin, and sake.  

The American version of teriyaki is a dish that usually has chicken coated in a glaze made of sweet and salty soy sauce.   

In this nation, this sauce has become synonymous with teriyaki.  


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