Teriyaki sauce is a popular ingredient in Japanese cuisine and provides that perfect balance of salty and sweet flavors. The word teriyaki combines the words “teri,” meaning luster or gleam, and “yaki,” meaning grilled or broiled. Teriyaki sauce was popularized in the US in the 1960s when Japanese immigrants in Hawaii combined soy sauce with local ingredients like pineapple juice and brown sugar. Now it’s impossible to mention teriyaki sauce without focusing on the varieties of food it can be added to. Salmon, chicken, beef, vegetables… there’s something for everyone! Japanese teriyaki catering is sure to provide you and your team with a satisfying and delicious meal.
Many people are unsure about how much food to order for a buffet-style catering. Usually, the rule of thumb is to order for more people than your headcount to make sure that everyone has enough food. This isn’t always the case, though — some people might take more food than their allotted amount without realizing it, in which case you might want to over-order any additional buffets. Use your best judgement; what people consider a “full portion” can vary from person to person.
Generally, Japanese flavors are more mild and have more umami. Teriyaki sauce is a good example of the mix of sweet and savory flavors that is also low on spice. American Japanese food highlights the sweetness and saltiness. Traditional Japanese food would taste very fishy to an American palate.
Many of these meals are not gluten-free as soy sauce is wheat-based, unless they use gluten-free soy sauce. This also applies to any breaded items, like tonkatsu (pork crusted with panko bread crumbs). Look for the (GF) indicator next to a dish to know if it is gluten-free.
Are there vegan and vegetarian options for Japanese teriyaki buffets?
Absolutely! Teriyaki is a very flexible flavoring that goes well on tofu and vegetables. But most restaurants can provide other options as well. Just look for the (V) or (VG) designations on each item as you put your order together!
What goes well with a Japanese teriyaki buffet?
Popular sides include edamame, gyoza (pan-fried dumplings), wakame seaweed salad, California rolls and other sushi rolls and veggie spring rolls.
Can I order miso soup?
We typically don’t do miso soup as a side for Japanese teriyaki buffet catering because soup is hard to transport. Plus if it arrives only lukewarm then the quality will suffer.
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