Even more food photos by MJ Klein
Teppanyaki (teppan’yaki?) is a type of Japanese cuisine that uses an iron griddle to cook food. The word “teppanyaki” is derived from teppan (??), which means iron plate, and yaki, which means grilled.
So, now you know where this style of cooking originates. We don’t use an iron griddle, but rather a modern version of it – a teppanyaki pan. One puts a bit of oil in the bottom and heats up the pan, then adds food to it. What makes the flavor unique is adding your own personal sauce mixture to the cooking food. Here, let me show you:
This is the teppanyaki pan after the first round of food has been added and before the sauce. The removable pan sits on a base and is heated by induction. The range of heat control is excellent. You can boil, fry and keep food warm without burning it. This is a very versatile pan and it’s really great for unexpected guests because you can throw an excellent meal together in minutes.
Just a bit of sauce has been added at this point. The meat is cooking nicely. Notice how the sauce is not burning. The heat control is so precise that the pan cooks the food without excessive heat. As a result the food is moist and tender.
This is the result of the above process. Thoe are her famous meatballs on the left, slicked pork at the top, and the tofu to the right. There are also sliced onions and mushrooms present in the mix. Tofu works very well in this dish because it absorbs all the wonderful flavors of the other ingredients.
I’m sorry to report that nothing survived this meal….