A Look at US Vs Japanese KFC Chicken Fried Steak
The Metal Hot Dog Eating contest is a US vs Japan battle from the TV show Food Wars. The two battling fast food chains are the Kaiken and Popeye. Making It Big with Kaiken and Popeye has been one of my most watched shows on Discovery Channel. Making It Big with Kaiken and Popeye has made famous food characters like Popeye, Chef Joe, and Mrs. Pimm’s Buttermilk pie.
Food Wars is a cooking competition show on the Discovery Channel. It pits the various competing restaurants against each other in a bid to be the best. The first restaurant to be declared the winner is declared as “The King Of Good Food”. Season 5 trailer. Who would have thought this would be a rivalry that big. Watch as Popeye eats his pie to the point of having to throw up.
Kaiken the Japanese BBQ chef wins the battle. He makes an incredible deep-fried cheese dog with spicy Japanese sauce. Popeye charges into the kitchen to try to rescue his best friend. They both end up at the finish line almost neck to neck. This dog eating competition is something like America vs Japan on carbs!
Popeye’s food is a famous American recipe that actually originated in Japan. The chef who created it invented a unique way of wrapping the beef in banana leaves and deep frying it. The dish became very popular in Japan and was named a kind of Japanese soup called okazu. A cookbook was written about it and the soup quickly became known as Popeye’s Food.
Chef Joe’s Chicken Fried steak is a US recipe that originated in Pennsylvania. When World War II arrived, many veterans were sent to Japan where they had no choice but to eat the foods they had left behind. Even American soldiers who served in the military were able to experience the delicious taste of this steak. It soon became a favorite of Japanese cooks and it became a new food in its own right.
A US version called chicken fried steak was created by a man called Harry Harosa
He was working in a karate school in California when he was invited to go to a Japanese restaurant there. During the trip, he developed a version of the dish that he called chicken fried steak. It soon became popular in the United States and restaurants began selling it all over. Some restaurants served it so often that it became known simply as chicken fried steak.
Another US vs Japanese food fight was fought over the US President’s chicken Fondue. Japanese cooks claimed that it was theirs while the US government maintained that it came from an unknown farm in Kansas. The US government relented and changed its recipe and named it after President Washington. The Japanese refused to accept this recipe any more or referred to it as US President’s chicken fried steak. As time went by, more recipes for this tasty dish were developed until it became known simply as US President’s chicken fried steak.
These food fights seem almost endless. But when you take the time to look at the history behind them, you begin to see that they are really not that different from one another. Both Japanese and US citizens enjoy different foods and both countries have their own unique styles and tastes. If you love beef, Japanese or US chicken fried steak, you will find that both are delicious and nutritious. The differences between the two is more about what is used to prepare them and the ingredients used.
There was a time when the Japanese did not eat beef
Instead, they relied on beef which they could catch easily. They would use the hide from the animal and make jerky out of it to use in cooking. This allowed them to create a unique style of preparing chicken fried steak that is different from the US and Japanese styles.
In Japan, they use boneless, skinless chicken breast and add them to a marinade made with soy sauce, sesame oil and garlic before frying. The marinade is then rubbed into the beef along with onions and seasonings. After this step is done, the beef is cooked quickly in a pan. American consumers, however, prefer a thicker and full steak that is baked in the pan.
Another interesting thing about both these ketchup based dishes is that they are not interchangeable between the two countries. Each has its own style and presentation. So when you order chicken fried steak in Japan, make sure that you ask for either chicken fried steak or boneless, skinless beef. This will help you enjoy your meal and know that it is prepared the right way between the two countries.