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New Japanese Grill - Need Izakaya, Yakitori, Jamaican Jerk, Satay Ideas

Thanks for these tips. I think I have seen your Shichirin post before. http://www.flickr.com/photos/akatayam...

I will have to get the fan, blower, and starting pot. Right now I have been starting my Binchotan on my gas grill by just laying the pieces on top of the ceramic tiles right by the flame. (took about 15min). Then putting the coal in the Shichirin and letting it all come to heat (about 30min). You are right, getting the heat up is tricky and takes time. I think I am going to budget at least one hour prior to grilling get the coal hot.

Jun 04, 2010
aw123 in Home Cooking

New Japanese Grill - Need Izakaya, Yakitori, Jamaican Jerk, Satay Ideas

That is the reason I posted today. Andrew inspired me, although I am having a hard time finding Cow Utter in my local grocery store :)

Jun 04, 2010
aw123 in Home Cooking

New Japanese Grill - Need Izakaya, Yakitori, Jamaican Jerk, Satay Ideas

Basically I am looking for a lot of "Meat on a Stick" recipes.

Jun 04, 2010
aw123 in Home Cooking

New Japanese Grill - Need Izakaya, Yakitori, Jamaican Jerk, Satay Ideas

I just got a new Japanese Charcoal Grill from Korin http://korin.com/Charcoal-Barbecue-Ko... and am now looking for some fun and authentic Izakaya and yakitori recipes. These grills work with very high temperatures using Binchotan charcoal.

I want to try some typical chicken skewers like thigh & Scallion, Skin, Liver, Heart and meatballs, as well as any thing else that is typical (some beef, fish and veggies). I would also love to try some Jamaican Jerk and Thai Satay. I think marinating is the way to go with these small pieces of meat although that is less Japanese (I think).

Jun 04, 2010
aw123 in Home Cooking

Sources for Binchotan Charcoal

One option would be to mix the coal by putting a less expensive coal at the bottom and putting a few pieces of binchotan on top. I will let you know how the less expensive coal works out. It was prices at about $6.5/lbs.

This place also has cheaper coal: http://www.marukaiestore.com/p-2283-b...

Jun 04, 2010
aw123 in General Topics

Sources for Binchotan Charcoal

I found some Chinese Bincho-tan at this place for half the price of the other places: http://www.buy4asianlife.com/eshop/id...

II will try it and see how it compares to the Japanese wood.

Thanks for the tips.

Jun 02, 2010
aw123 in General Topics

Sources for Binchotan Charcoal

I am trying to find a cheaper alterntavie to the Korin Binchotan Charcoal for my new Yakitory Grill I got from Korin. It is about $30 for a 2lb bag. Thanks

Jun 02, 2010
aw123 in General Topics

Afghan kabob place in Horsham

Thanks for the tip. I tried it today for lunch and had the lamb kabob. What a great meal. Way too much for lunch (but did not stop me from eating every bit on my plate). The lamb was perfectly cooked with a great spice mix. For $8 I will have to come back!

Mar 09, 2009
aw123 in Pennsylvania

Best Sushi in the Philly Burbs

I am back to OOKA for the best sushi around in the Horsham area!

Mar 04, 2009
aw123 in Pennsylvania

Best Sushi in the Philly Burbs

I had some lunch there again yesterday. I am still not sure if I like the large cuts of fish. With these portions, you will be hard pressed to break even with the $25 all you can eat. On a side note, I wish they had some quail eggs for their Flying Fish Roe sushi.

Feb 27, 2009
aw123 in Pennsylvania

Best Sushi in the Philly Burbs

Mino is right around the corner from me. Unfortunately their portions are just ridiculously small for what he is charging. I always feel cheated when I get their food. Now the fish is always fresh and the rolls are quite good. This is in drastic contrast to Yama in Horsham. I had lunch there last week and I actually thought the sashimi pieces were too large. I think when the fish is cut too thick it looses some of the delicate texture/flavor. That’s way I always liked OOKA. They do very refined sushi with some clever sauces or add things like a quail egg to the Flying Fish Roe sushi.

Feb 23, 2009
aw123 in Pennsylvania

Best Sushi in the Philly Burbs

I am just trying Yama for lunch take-out today. You are right. The quality is top and the portions are much more generous than OOKA. I saw they even have a $25 all you can eat deal. I will have to try this one day. Thanks for the great tip!!!

Feb 20, 2009
aw123 in Pennsylvania

Best Sushi in the Philly Burbs

I am surprised about your comment on OOKA, as I had only great experiences there and I go there once a week. They just got a new Sushi Chef a couple month ago. Mabye you haven't been back for a while.

Based on your comments though, I will try Yama in Horsham and report back. The website was very promissing.

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Yama Japanese
Horsham, PA 19044, Horsham, PA 19044

Ooka Japanese Restaurant
1109 Easton Rd, Willow Grove, PA 19090

Feb 18, 2009
aw123 in Pennsylvania

Best Sushi in the Philly Burbs

The thing I really like about OOKA is that they get their fish almost everyday and they have big turnover in product. I have never seen anyone at Margeret Kuos in Malvern filet a fish at the sushi counter. I will try a few of your suggestions thought. Thanks and keep it coming.

Feb 09, 2009
aw123 in Pennsylvania

Best Sushi in the Philly Burbs

I am always looking for a great sushi place outside Philly. At this point my two favorites are OOKA in Willow Grove (I eat there once a week) and Blue Fin in Plymouth Meeting. I would love to find something closer to home (Malvern/West Chester), but keep on striking out. Any other good sushi places in the western suburbs (Main Line, West Chester, Phoenixville etc.)?

Feb 06, 2009
aw123 in Pennsylvania

Need a suggestion for something different in the WC/Mainline/Phoenixville area

I would skip Cosimo. They are rather pricy for the food they offer. We went there several times and always left a little disappointed.

Alba on the other hand is one of our favorites. They also offer a great tasting menu during the week and they are BYOB!

Good luck.

Feb 06, 2009
aw123 in Pennsylvania