Congrats to Japan on its 1-0 victory over Cameroon!
I love Japanese food. Back in the mid 1990s my regular golf partner owned a sushi restaurant - I was regularly spoiled. Sarah is less of a fan of Japanese food, but tolerates my sushi nights by ordering a chicken dish. For our Japanese meal, we made Yakitori Chicken and vegetable tempura with tentsuyu, and miso soup. To drink, we had Japanese beer and draft sake.
We cut the green onions and boneless skinless chicken thighs into 1" cuts and placed on wooden skewers. We made a basting sauce with sake, soy sauce, Mirin and sugar, then grilled over charcoal briquettes, basting frequently.
The vegetable tempura had broccoli, sweet potato, and zucchini. We made a tentsuyu sauce for dipping made from miso, mirin, honey, and soy sauce. Finally, we garnished with fresh grated daikon, horseradish, and ginger.
The final product:
Results: The Yakitori chicken was wonderful. We will add it to our summer grilling schedule (I grill aprox. 8 days a week in summertime). The tempura was good as well. The dipping sauce really made the dish with the addition of grated ginger and horseradish. This was a fun and frustrating dish - fun because cooking and grilling is such a joy - frustrating because we were starving and didn't get to eat until after 9pm, something I need to get used to with our busy schedules.