Nagoya is famous for its tebasaki (chicken wings). And Yamachan is a famous chain restaurant with the most delicious chicken wings ever, as its specialty. Yamachan has stores all over Nagoya and sometimes they’re ridiculously close to each other. We were taking a walk in the area behind AEON Honbu today (simply because we hadn’t seen it yet), and found four different Yamachans in one (small) block, two of them were even in the same street, on the same side of that street, separated by just one other building! And somehow they all stay in business.
Maybe that’s because their food is really good, especially those chicken wings, I’ve been there a couple of times and the Yamachan izakaya never disappoints. They also have their own brand of beer and liquor, but I’m not so interested in those, I go there for the tebasaki. There are no Yamachans in the Kansai region, so tonight we had dinner at Yamachan again, just because soon it won’t be that easy anymore. And of course, the food was great again, and yes we did order things besides the chicken wings. But somehow I always end up wondering why we order stuff too, because nothing tops those scrumptious chicken wings, not even salmon sashimi.
Mr. Yamachan himself explains how to properly eat his tebasaki on the back of the chopsticks package (and on his website), but it’s in Japanese:
The pictures do make it easier for non-Japanese speakers to understand, but just in case it’s still a bit unclear, Yasu will show you how it’s done:
Step 1: Take one piece of chicken wing from the huge pile you undoubtedly ordered at Yamachan.
Step 2: Use both hands to wiggle both sides of the wing up and down, up and down, and up and down.
Step 3: All the wiggling in the previous step will have made it possible to separate the wing tip (the small part with very little meat) from the wingette (the bigger part with all the good meat).
Step 4: Enjoy the taste of the moist and spicy meat on the wingette, by biting into the meat, chewing and swallowing it.
Step 5: Repeat step 4 until you’ve eaten everything but the bones of the wingette, admire the naked bones.
Step 6: Find the earlier discarded wing tip and prepare yourself mentally.
Step 7: Try to eat the small amount of meat on the wing tip, or just suck and crunch it to enjoy the taste.
Step 8: Line up the bones on your plate, because Mr. Yamachan says so on the chopsticks package, and let’s face it, it’s fun.
Step 9: Sprout wings and fly away, unfortunately Yasu hasn’t quite mastered the art of sprouting wings yet and his back still looked very normal after eating the tebasaki.