grilled chicken thighs

Yakitori Nonchan, Kobe, Japan

Friend of ours are traveling to Kobe for Thanksgiving and commented how they couldn’t find many posts about my adopted hometown here on Eataku! At first I didn’t believe them, till I checked, and discovered they were right; I’ve spent a large part of the last 25 years of my life in Kobe but there have been a minimal mentions on this blog. Time to fix that, starting with a post about my favorite yakitori joint, Nonchan…

More of a “locals only” eatery located up a small alley near Sannomiya Station, Yakitori Nonchan specializes in grilled chicken and regional sakes, mostly from the nearby Nada region of Hyogo. However, they do from time to time serve raw chicken as well, sashimi style…

For those who prefer their meat grilled, I suggest starting simpler with the “tsukune”, or chicken meatball…

“Kawa”, or skin, with salt not sauce, and “nankotsu”, or chicken cartilage…

I prefer my tsukune with “shichimi”, or hot pepper, on the left in red, and the rest with “sansho”, Japanese mountain pepper, on the right…

Gizzards (zuri)…

Liver (kimo)…

Heart (hatsu)…

Ice cold mugs of Asahi always help…

Some pork belly to break up the chicken parade as we get into some funkier cuts…

Like the chicken’s digestive tract…

Or its reproductive parts (hina)…

Local sake and housemade pickles as we move on…

Japanese “karaage”, or fried chicken…

Grilled thighs (momo yaki)…

And my favorite part of poultry, the “bonjiri”, or chicken butt…

…where here at Nonchan, they leave it still attached to the rest of the tail!

Some “ginnan”, or gingko nuts, to help some cut of the fat at the end of your meal…

And I highly recommend closing out your meal with Nonchan’s “tori zosui” or chicken & rice porridge…

Kobe is one of the most international cities in all Japan with a vastly underrated dining scene, except when it comes to beef. I definitely recommend you spend a few days in town sampling more than just yakiniku and steak, and would start at Nonchan, where they treat their chicken with the same respect!

Reservations recommended.

YAKITORI NONCHAN

1-8-2 Kita-Nagasadori

Chuo-ku, Kobe

Hyogo         

Japan

+81-78-331-7465

I LEARNED HOW TO PERFECTLY GRILL CHICKEN THIGHS!!!!
Preheat grill on high for 15-20 minutes, turning it on med-high for actual cooking
Put ya chicken on the grill skin side up and cook with the lid open for 7-9 minutes
Flip that bitch over and cook it lid down for 7 more minutes
Turn the half of the grill under the chicken completely off while the other side is on (no chicken should be over the flame) and cook for 20 minutes! If you have bbq sauce or other liquidy stuff to put on, do so half way through the last 20 minutes of indirect cooking :)

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tandoori goodness in Delhi

when in india it is HIGHLY recommended not to eat , but to be bluntly honest i love tandoori , and for the right tandoori joint and the right piece of succulent crispy char grilled chicken thigh ….i would happily spend an eternity dealing with the consequences .

tandoori as most people know is actually an oven , however it does translate over to a special type of masala marinade , which is just awesome , tonnes of yoghurt, cayenne , paprika , chilli , gara-masala  and other things go into this mix which is then generously basted on to meats , vegetables cheeses and whatever else before being grilled over an open flame .

in this case i ordered ½ a chicken with some taws roti and lashings of green chilli yoghurt sauce . fuckin ’ eh ^^

Toriyoshi Take-Out, Osaka, Japan

I was taking the bullet train from Osaka to Kanazawa yesterday and wanted to pick up a snack for the three hour ride. I ended up at the “depachika”, or ground floor food hall, of the Hankyu department store, right next to the Osaka train station. There were a lot of the usual bentos and fried chicken and salads for sale, but Toriyoshi, caught my eye as they were offering interesting, modern takes on yakitori, or Japanese grilled chicken skewers…

I taste-tested three skewers; the “Caprese” chicken, marinated in basil and grilled with tomatoes; chicken thigh marinated in shio koji and garlic, grilled with scallions (my favorite!); and chicken breast grilled with sausages and dipped in teriyaki sauce…

They were all quite tasty and something I woudl definitely order again. Especially the middle one!

Toriyoshi is located right in the center of Floor B1 inside Hankyu, slightly to the left as you come down the escalator. Look for this logo…

They had some other fantastic-looking yakitori skewers I wanted to try, but I’m saving those for my return trip!