ya·​ki·​to·​ri | \ ˌyä-ki-ˈtȯr-ē \

Definition of yakitori

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

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The starred restaurants include sushi, yakitori and ramen restaurants, of course — but also French, Italian and Chinese options, among others, displaying Tokyo’s international flair. The Seattle Times, "Hungry? Tokyo’s food meets visitor appetites for history and modernity," 7 Sep. 2018 His menu is yakitori in all its glory, which, by tradition, means a whole-creature approach perfectly in tune with Cosentino's, each part lightly touched with sea salt or yuzu or miso. Mark Rozzo, Town & Country, "Hong Kong Foodie," 1 Nov. 2012 His food was French and American, and sometimes Japanese, too — duck confit with creamed corn, lobster yakitori with sweet potato fritters, pecan squares for dessert. Jay Cheshes, Town & Country, "Caviar and Cocaine," 6 Feb. 2013 Chicken thigh yakitori and uni toast with trout roe, chervil and lava salt are recent selections. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "The hottest new restaurants in Indianapolis this spring," 19 Apr. 2018 Coming up: lamb asado, piri piri turkey, barbacoa, pollo a la brasa, yakitori, jerk chicken, beef pastrami and whole-animal barbecues. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Iron Grate BBQ growing with specials, whole-animal butchering," 8 Mar. 2018 Yakyudori & Ramen, Kearny Mesa Diners wait in line up to an hour on weekend nights for this yakitori’s famed spicy miso ramen, made with stir-fried minced pork and chopped BBQ pork. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Oodles of noodles: San Diego's top spots for ramen," 1 Mar. 2018 Two Birds One Stone, a modern-day yakitori, opened to acclaim in 2016. Carolyn Jung, San Francisco Chronicle, "To build or not to build? That’s the question locals are debating in St. Helena," 22 Feb. 2018 There, the chef Jack Coetzee turns out modern, Asian-inspired shared plates like yakitori chicken with chimichurri, venison tataki with sriracha emulsion and kumquat ponzu, and a ginger-heavy take on a classic South African dessert, malva pudding. New York Times, "36 Hours in Johannesburg," 8 Feb. 2018

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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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