I love Japanese food, but I have very little experience with teppanyaki. This truck on 12th street features both Japanese and Korean selections as well as some fusion between the two types of Asian cuisine. Teppanyaki, for those who have never had it, is a type of Japanese barbecue, using a iron grill to cook the food. This has been popularized by places like Benihana Grill, where diners are treated to a show as the chefs prepare their food. The chefs dazzle the guests with pizzazz and flair, flipping their utensils and lighting things on fire. Google “onion volcano” if you don’t know what I am talking about.
On my first visit to Temple Teppanyaki, I had the beef steak teppanyaki over rice. This dish is also available with chicken, shrimp, or tofu and served with either rice or noodles. Vegetables that accompany this dish are shredded carrot, cabbage, onion, broccoli, and bean sprouts. A layer of rice or noodles is placed in the bottom of the dish, then a layer of vegetables, then the protein and broccoli on top, sauced with a hoisin sauce and sprinkled with sesame seeds. Korean red chili sauce is served on the side as an option.
On my next visit I decided to try the Sweet & Spicy Chicken Wings with rice. I had no idea what this dish entailed, so I was delighted to discover that it was 5 pieces Korean fried chicken doused with sweet chili sauce, served on a bed of rice. Growing up in an Asian household, we sometimes dipped our eggrolls in sweet chili sauce, which is kind of like a sweet and sour sauce with little red chili flakes. The chicken wings were fried perfectly with a nice crispy breading. I was completely in love with my lunch on this day and I am definitely going back to have this again! If you order this, make sure to call it in. I called ahead of time and the man said it would take 20 minutes. I guess you can’t rush art.
Location: On 12th Street between Pollett Walk and Norris Street
Pay: Cash Only
Cuisine: Japanese, Korean
What I tried: Sweet and Spicy Chicken Wings on rice, Beef Teppanyaki on rice
For a full menu, click on the first photo below. This truck is so far one of my favorites on campus!