This is one of the staple Dream Dinners that I always buy when it’s on the menu. If you’re looking for authentic Japanese flavor – this is not the way to go. This is 100% American Asian cuisine – which means strong flavors & thick sauce. (True Asian cuisine has subtle flavors and usually a thinner sauce.) From what I remember of the ingredients, it’s soy sauce based, with rice vinegar, diced green onions, and other goodies added in. This used to come with an extra bag of sesame seeds to top the dish with – but either they’ve eliminated it separately or I forgot to add them. Either way, this is a good dish that will appeal to anyone who likes take-out Chinese food.
Chicken Yakitori is very easy and quick to make, simply heat up chicken, then throw in sauce and let it simmer. As with a lot of the dishes that come with rice, the entree has a shorter cooking time than the rice, so start the rice first, wait 10 minutes or so, and then start cooking the Yakitori. I realized too late that I really needed a side dish – like sugar snap peas – to help add some texture to the dish.
The sauce is super tasty*, so make extra when you’re assembling it at the store so you can mix it in with your rice.
*The sauce is super tasty on the condition that you don’t let it sit too long on the stove simmering, like I did…in which case it became a little too sour. If this happens to you, just stir in a little bit of water until the flavor dilutes to your taste preference.
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