Yakitori literally translates to grilled chicken in Japanese, but most commonly refers to any sort of grilled meat, meatballs, seafood, or vegetables on skewers. Yakitori is typically flavored with a sweet soy glaze, and served with wasabi, sansho pepper or togarashi. Yakitori typically uses all parts of the animal, livers, hearts, gizards, skin, tail, and knee bone are some of the more common bits and pieces found on a Yakitori menu. Diners are typically looking for a quick casual meal, or a late night bar snack at an izakaya joint. Variations of yakitori include robatayaki, cooking  by surrounding a central heat source, and kushiyaki which includes all grilled skewers.



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