Japanese Street Food? – Crispy Japanese Style Fried Chicken (with Sesame Wedges, Stir-Fried Vegetables and Sesame Mayo)

今日の夕食は、Hello Fresh の「Crispy Japanese Style Fried Chicken (with Sesame Wedges, Stir-Fried Vegetables and Sesame Mayo)」(カリカリの和風フライドチキン、胡麻風味のポテトフライと野菜炒め、胡麻マヨ)。和風フライドチキンがどんなものか興味があってオーダーしてみました。ストリートフードのカテゴリーになっているのですが、ストリートフードとは違いますね。日本にはストリートフードと呼べるものは少ないですよね。パッと思いつくところだと、たこ焼き、たい焼き、どら焼き。。。そんなものでしょうか。歩きながら食べるという文化ではないですもんね。

Tonight’s dinner was “Crispy Japanese Style Fried Chicken (with Sesame Wedges, Stir-Fried Vegetables and Sesame Mayo)” from Hello Fresh.  We ordered this because we were curious what “Japanese Style Fried Chicken” was like.  It’s categorised as “Street Food” but I don’t think fried chicken is street food in Japan.  Actually, we don’t have a culture to have a lot of street food, we have Takoyaki, Taiyaki and another one similar to Taiyaki, which is like pancake with sweet bean paste filling.  Eating while walking just isn’t done in Japan, it is supposed to be something quite against good manners, at least it was when I was there.  There are a lot of different foods that we do eat at festivals, but even then fried chicken is not very common.


Fried chicken and potato wedges …  maybe what many would order at a beer hall, but not stir-fried vegetables.  Maybe these are what we have in a drinking place??


Anyway, we decided to have the chicken and the vegetables with miso soup and rice, so we didn’t make the potato wedges.


The breadcrumbs that came for the fried chicken were much more coarse than usual Japanese breadcrumbs, they were like what I see people use in Katsu restaurants, small squares of bread including the crust – they would usually be fresh but naturally what we had today was dried version.  We usually dip things in flour then egg, then but their method was to dip in a mixture of corn starch, ginger powder, water, soy sauce & salt & pepper then breadcrumbs.  The chicken was quite different from what I would call a typical Japanese fried chicken but they were very crunchy and nice – not much seasoning, though.  The sauce to dip in was a mixture of mayonnaise (not Japanese mayo but Western style mayo) and roasted sesame.  Roasted sesame was used for the wedges as well, so I guess sesame is what they think of Japanese taste.    We also dipped it in a tonkatsu sauce like chicken katsu and also sometimes squeezed some lemon juice over to have different flavours.


Stir-fried vegetables were just shiitake mushrooms and sugar snap peas stir-fried with ginger and flavoured with a little soy sauce.  We were instructed to grate ginger but we made thin strips so we can enjoy the ginger flavour more and we enjoyed the crispy texture of the sugar snap peans and the flavour of ginger.


I put potato, cabbage and sesame in the miso soup.







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