Benihana’s is known for their Hibachi steak. You can duplicate this at home.
Benihana’s is known for its hibachi steak. Although going to Benihana is a fun outing, you can duplicate this steak at home. It starts in a skillet and finishes in a delicious soy-ginger sauce. Not only does the sauce enhance the flavor of the steak, but it’s also a great recipe for entertaining. The key is to select the best steak – here’s a video showing how Benihana does it.
The Benihana Story
Like all the best Japanese stories, the history of Benihana began with the descendant of a samurai warrior (Yunosuke Aoki) and a coffee shop in Tokyo. Just after the war, Aoki, a popular entertainer, had the idea to open a coffee shop with his wife, Katsu. They called their shop Benihana, and because of food staple shortages, Aoki rode his bike more than twenty miles to buy real sugar for his shop.
The Tradition Continues
After college, Aoki’s son Hiroaki (or Rocky, as he became known) moved to the U.S. to pursue his dream of opening his own restaurant. He wanted to combine his father’s knack for doing something unusual with truly memorable food. As Rocky didn’t have very much money, he began life as an entrepreneur by selling ice cream in Harlem while going to school at night to study restaurant management. The ice cream venture turned out well thanks in part to the colorful Japanese cocktail umbrellas Rocky added to his treats. In this way, he managed to save up $10,000 so he could open his first Benihana restaurant in 1964.
The First Benihana
The original Benihana is still going strong on West 56th street in Manhattan. It features an authentic Japanese farmhouse look and delicious food cooked on steel teppanyaki grills right in front of the eyes of customers. Highly trained teppanyaki chefs delight customers with theatrics and intricate knife work. You can watch a demonstration. The chefs slice and dice and dazzle your eyes. And, the food dazzles your taste buds. It’s one of the best shows in New York City.
Make your own Benihana hibachi steak at home. Although this steak dish is called hibatchi steak, at Benihana the steak is actually cooked on a teppanyaki grill – click here to read about the difference. Don’t have a teppanyaki grill? No worries – this recipe improvises with great results. However, it’s advisable not to try to imitate the Benihana knife tricks!
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Benihana’s Hibatchi Steak
Make your own Benihana Hibachi steak at home.
- 20 ounces sirloin steaks cut into 4 steaks
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup Chinese cooking wine
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon minced ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
- 4 teaspoons Soybean Oil
- 8 large Mushrooms sliced thick
- 4 dashes Salt
- 4 dashes Black Pepper
- Prepare steak marinade, and place meat in the marinade for at least 1 hour before cooking. Remove steak from marinade and cut into bite-size pieces. Heat a skillet to medium-high add oil, and then steak pieces. When the steak pieces are close to being cooked through, you may need to add a little more of the soybean oil add the mushrooms. Season steak and mushrooms with salt and pepper.