As I promised myself after eating at Yakotori Toto, there would be a yakitori night. Tonight's the night. We were commenting on how much we like yakitori... way better than shish kebabs. Why is that? Because they are little bites of perfection. Not mixing the meat and vegetables results in each being cooked and seasoned to perfection. The meats are cut into smaller bite-sized pieces... a full coating of sauce and seasoning around each bite.
Tonight, we had chicken thighs, pork country ribs, shiitake mushrooms, and eggplant.
I prepared two sauces to brush on the meats and vegetables.
1/2 Cup Soy Sauce
1/4 Cup Sake
1/4 Cup Mirin
4 Tbsp Sugar
Bring to a boil in a small sauce pan. Set aside until ready to cook.
Miso Soy Ginger Sauce:
3 Tbsp Miso
3 Tbsp Mirin
1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
1 Tbsp finely minced Ginger
2 Tsp Vegetable Oil
Mix all together. Set aside until ready to cook.
Soak bamboo skewers in water so they won't burn when grilling. Cut chicken, pork, eggplant into bite sized pieces and skewer. Heat the grill on high. Place skewers on grill and immediately brush with the sauces. I used the Teriyaki sauce on the chicken and shiitake mushroom and the Miso on the pork and eggplant. Serve with white rice and for the kids, they loved a little teriyaki sauce on the side.
A must have condiment was the ginger scallion sauce from Momofuku. I have already expressed my love for it. But can I just say again... keep a continual supply. I was saying I could have white rice, ginger scallion sauce, saam sauce and salted duck egg. Happy. Really!
But if I must, a few yakitori items would be the jelly to my jelly roll.