Healthy and delicious! What is “Genghis Khan”, the Hokkaido-style of yakiniku?
"Genghis Khan" is a style of yakiniku in which mutton and lamb meat are grilled on a round grill that is shaped like an upside-down bowl. It's different from regular yakiniku made with beef and pork, because Genghis Khan is meant to be grilled and eaten with vegetables. If you go to Hokkaido, this is definitely a meal to try.
1. Genghis Khan Daruma Honten (Sapporo)
"Genghis Khan Daruma is a well-established restaurant in Sapporo that's been in business for more than 60 years. Since it's grilled over charcoal you might be surprised by the amount of smoke in the restaurant, but on the other hand, you'll also be in the atmosphere of a true Genghis Khan restaurant. When you reach your seat, there will already be meat and vegetables prepared without even needing to order. It's a startling system if you're not prepared, but it actually might be convenient if you're not confident in your Japanese. For this first set you only pay for the meat and the vegetables are free! When you finish eating this first set, you should try their fresh mutton that they receive daily! Their one fault is that even though restaurant is small you can't make reservations. It might have to line up before the restaurant opens. Otherwise, you can make your way to one of their other branches in Sapporo. Please eat this delicious and reasonably priced Genghis Khan! Genghis Khan is 735 JPY (excl. tax), rice (medium size) is 200 JPY (excl. tax)."
2. High-class lamb Genghis Khan: Fukurou-tei (Sapporo)
"If you want to eat high-quality Australian lamb, check out Fukurou-tei. The shoulder meat is carefully placed slice by slice on the plate and it looks like high-class beef. The fatty part of the meat, called ""sashi,"" is excellent. Of course, the meat is delicious, but its best point is that there is almost no trace of the characteristic gamey smell that lamb usually has. This makes it a great place for people who want to try Genghis Khan but don't like the smell. Also, the fat accompanying the meat is meant to be used during cooking. Using it makes the fresh meat crisp and delicious, so try oiling the grill with the fat before you cook. At the end of your meal, it's recommended to put the remaining sauce on your rice and if you'd like eat it as ochazuke (when you pour tea into your rice bowl). Please try this at the end. High-quality lamb Genghis Khan is 850 JPY (excl. tax), vegetable set is 400 JPY (excl. tax), and rice is 200 JPY (excl. tax)."
3. Matsuo Genghis Khan Takikawa Honten (Sapporo)
"Matsuo Genghis Khan is one of the most famous names in the industry. Their pickled sauce is made using soy sauce as a base and has ginger, apples, onions, and secret spices. It makes the meat soft, gets rid of the gaminess of lamb meat, increases the umami, and overall makes the meal more delicious. Also, at Matsuo Genghis Khan, along with the standard vegetables like bean sprouts and onions, you can choose from many other vegetables including asparagus, pumpkin, garlic chives, eggplant, and more, so it's perfect for people who want to eat more than just lamb meat. You can have udon or mochi at the end of the meal. If you pour the meat juices that have condensed all the deliciousness of the Genghis Khan and the sauce in it over the udon or mochi, you might be so overwhelmed by the deliciousness you'll end up ordering another dish! There are branches in Tokyo as well, so if you can't make your way to Hokkaido, you can have it in the capital! Extra special lamb Genghis Khan (150g) is 1,080 JPY (incl. tax), lamb Genghis Khan (150g) is 980JPY (incl. tax), special mutton Genghis Khan (150g), is 950 JPY (incl. tax)."
4. Lamb House Kekere (Sapporo)
"People who really want to eat extraordinarily fresh lamb meat, they should go to Lamb House Kekere. Their lamb meat is lamb veal from Iceland, and the way to eat it is to lightly grill it just until it's rare. They have many rare dishes including lamb sashimi, skin, sweetbreads, and more, attracting many visitors from all over the country. The chef was trained in Western cooking, and the sauce he makes is French-style and has a slightly spicy, refreshing taste. It's a perfect taste to pair with wine! It's also great for people who don't like the sweet, rich soy sauce-based sauce usually used in Genghis Khan. If you're going with kids, you can order them the handmade lamb hamburger (550 JPY (incl. tax))! Raw lamb meat is 790 JPY (incl. tax), and lamb skin (while supplies last) is 750 JPY (incl. tax)."
5. Genghis Khan Daikoku-ya Honten (Asahikawa)
"People who want to sink their teeth into lamb meat still on the bone should check out Genghis Khan Daikoku-ya. At this restaurant, you can have a fresh rack of lamb ribs called the atsugiri rack for 900 JPY (incl. tax). It's already seasoned so all you need is a light brushing of sauce before you take a bite into the juicy meat. Also, people who want to enjoy the taste of the meat should get the herb lamb (800 JPY (incl. tax)) seasoned with just herbs and rock salt. Their standard lamb Genghis Khan meal is 700 JPY (incl. tax) and is very popular! No matter what kind of meat you eat it's all delicious, so this is a great restaurant for people who just love meat."
Genghis Khan is a general name for a type of food that has a wide variety in everything, from types of meats to seasoning depending on the restaurant. You might not be satisfied with just one place, so please try multiple to find your favorite!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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