Teppanyaki is a fun way of dining. Teppan means iron plate/griddle and yaki translates as grilled or pan-fried. It’s a Japanese style of cooking where you get to sit in front of a huge grill and watch the chef cook right before your eyes while doing nifty tricks with his/her spatulas and ingredients. I was at one recently in Mexico. Here’s our chef hard at work.
He balanced the eggs on his spatulas, built a pyramid of onion rings with a fire explosion and threw broccoli florets at the audience to catch in their mouths. Unfortunately his aim wasn’t that good. One lady got it on her forehead and mine was so far away it didn’t even come close to touching me, but it was all in good fun. In the end, he did say in a joking manner, “no more tequila for me”.
Before he started the show, we began with a deep-fried cheese appetizer.
The app was hot and fresh when it came out. When I bit it in half, the ball of cheese inside was melted into perfection and left a nice, long stringy trail of gooey cheese – just the way I like it. Delicious! We also got a second appetizer and I chose salmon nigiri, which is sashimi on a bed of rice.
He then proceeded to do his fancy egg show, demonstrated his crazy vegetable chopping skills and served us fried rice with optional Sriracha sauce. I obviously said yes to the Sriracha and he drew hearts and happy faces on those who opted to add spice on their fried rice.
I’m normally not a fan of the fried rice at all inclusives because it’s usually just drowning in soy sauce, but he put some seasoning on it that made it taste much better. After, he just cooked our chosen meat/fish and served that to us (I got surf and turf). To finish the meal off, we got dessert. I ordered the deep-fried ice cream.
It was drizzled with chocolate syrup and what I believe were bonito flakes (or some imitation) and had vanilla ice cream in the middle. To my surprise, it wasn’t soup in the center and it was still frozen! The batter on the outside remained crispy. It was so good! Overall, probably one of the best (and entertaining) meals I had on this trip.