ya·​ki·​to·​ri | \ ˌyä-ki-ˈtȯr-ē How to pronounce yakitori (audio) \

Definition of yakitori

: bite-size marinated pieces of beef, seafood, or chicken on skewers

Examples of yakitori in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Much of the allure of Salaryman was inside its restaurant, where Holt could often be seen behind a puff of smoke, grilling yakitori as his staff ladled bowls of broth that might have cooked for 20 hours. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Acclaimed Dallas ramen shop Salaryman closed permanently; its chef is battling leukemia," 17 Nov. 2020 The grills are made in China across multiple factories, but Veatch and Leggett were deeply inspired by Japan’s tradition of grilling yakitori over binchotan, a type of charcoal that burns hotter and cleaner than most. Kevin Gray, Dallas News, "Two Dallas entrepreneurs launch portable charcoal grill and smoker," 15 Sep. 2020 There’s only one option — a yakitori bento ($25) with five skewers (various chicken bits and cherry tomato), sweet-and-savory ground chicken, short grain rice and radish pickles. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Eight Bay Area restaurants that nail takeout," 8 May 2020 Domo from Carmen Paponetti also is scheduled to open this summer with a focus on sushi and yakitori. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Van Aken District Market Hall gaining new tenants," 11 May 2020 The kitchen has custom teak cabinets, a food-prep and display island topped by smooth concrete and a yakitori grill built against a brick wall that extends to the covered deck. oregonlive, "Restored Scandinavian midcentury modern in Southwest Portland showcases soothing spaces," 22 Mar. 2020 The new restaurant, found in Beaverton’s Old Town, will feature a menu closer in tenor to the lofty location Southeast Portland, with yakitori skewers and sushi joining the signature ramen, a subtle bowl brightened with the Japanese citrus yuzu. oregonlive, "Beaverton’s new Tokyo-based ramen shop has an opening date," 18 Feb. 2020 Between courses, one of the four servers will drop by to quietly wipe the plate that serves as your yakitori pedestal or to refill your drink. San Francisco Chronicle, "Soleil Ho | Hina Yakitori’s $110 tasting menu unleashes the power of poultry, and it's worth it," 29 Nov. 2019 More yakitori, this time in the form of the chicken heart ($2.50) again proved sound. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Swanky new Mills 50 bar Tori Tori plays chicken — and wins | Review," 20 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of yakitori

1962, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for yakitori

Japanese, grilled chicken, from yaki broil, roast + tori bird

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20 Nov 2020

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“Yakitori.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yakitori. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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