Teppanyaki- KungFu Cuisine

Posted on Feb 16 2012 - 3:19pm by Archish Kashikar


[box_light]Teppanyaki is one of the most skillful and eye-popping type of cooking there is. But do we know much about it? It is regarded as an art and it takes many years to master. Here is a crash course to learn more about this Japanese wonder. [/box_light]

[box_dark]What is Teppanyaki?[/box_dark]

Teppanyaki is a style of Japanese cuisine that uses a thick iron plate to cook food. The word teppanyaki is derived from “teppan”, which means iron plate, and “yaki”, which means grilled or pan-fried.

Teppanyaki Grill

Teppanyaki Grill

In Japan, teppanyaki refers to dishes cooked using an iron plate, including steak, shrimp, okonomiyaki (Japanese savoury pancake), yakisoba (fried noodles), and monjayaki(pan fried batter).

Japanese-style teppanyaki uses ingredients like noodles, cabbage with sliced meat or seafood. In Japan, many teppanyaki restaurants feature Kobe beef.


Well, most modern teppans are propane-heated surface grills; they are mostly placed in front of guests so as to enable the chef to perform and cook at the same time (they have very cool moves).

Whatever you do, don’t confuse teppanyaki with the Hibachi barbecue grill, which has a charcoal/ gas flame and is made with an open design.


[box_dark]How did it start??[/box_dark]

The originator of the teppanyaki-style steakhouse is the Japanese restaurant chain “Misono”, which introduced the concept of cooking Western-influenced food on a teppan in Japan in 1945.

They soon found the cuisine was less popular with the Japanese than it was with foreigners (LOL), who enjoyed both watching the skilled maneuvers of the chefs preparing the food as well as the cuisine itself, which is somewhat more familiar than more traditional Japanese dishes.


[box_dark]It’s Popularity[/box_dark]

Teppanyaki is very popular the United States. There are many restaurants that offer this type of cuisine and are mostly referred to as “Japanese Steakhouses”. It has a modified approach to the traditional teppanyaki style and produces classic American dishes with a Japanese twist, as well as Japanese classics with an American twist.

Typical ingredients used for Western-style teppanyaki are beef, shrimp, scallops, lobster, chicken and assorted vegetables.

 Teppanyaki was made famous by the Benihana restaurant  chain, which opened its first restaurant in New York in 1964.  Benihana and other chains of teppanyaki steakhouses  continue to place an emphasis on the chef performing a show  for the diners, continuing to introduce new variations and  tricks. The chef can juggle utensils, flip a shrimp tail into  their shirt pocket, catch an egg in their hat, toss an egg up in  the air and split it with a spatula, flip flattened shrimp pieces  into the diners’ mouths, or arrange onion rings into fire-  shooting volcanoes.



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About the Author

The awesome dude that is a hardcore food fanatic as well as a chef in the making. Loves food, gaming, reading and writing.


    well done Archies. Await many more informative articles from you.

  • Anil Kelkar

    Archish, very well written! Where did you get this from? It shows your inclination for hospitality.

  • Prajakta

    Cheers!…well written…keep it up!