Hey guys, Yuto here (@sudachi.recipes)
Have you ever ordered pizzas in Japan? Or have you ever looked at delivery pizza menu in Japan?
Interesting Japanese Pizza Ideas
Popular pizza toppings?
There’s no doubt that pizza is one of the most liked foods in the whole world and because of the popularity, different countries have their twists on the toppings.
In Japan? Of course we love pizzas. (They’re even considered a bit luxurious)
But pizza shops, even the ones you probably know (Eg Domino’s, Pizza Hut..etc) in Japan have some pizza toppings that you might not familiar with such as:
- Teriyaki chicken pizza
- Mochi cod roe pizza
- Cod roe seafood pizza
- Yakiniku pizza
- Tuna potato pizza
Let’s be honest, I don’t like some of these above but they do exist.
What is “Teriyaki”?
Teriyaki（照り焼き）is a way of cooking using a soy sauce based sauce.
So technically, “teriyaki sauce” and “teriyaki” itself are different terms.
Teri（照り）means gloss and because of the sugar in the sauce, it will be glossy.
Teriyaki sauce is often used for chicken and fish (often yellowtail is used in Japan) but of course you can use the technique for anything!
Teriyaki Sauce is Simple to Make
This recipe is extremely tasty, yet quick and easy so I repeatedly make it at home, in fact it’s one of the best home recipes I’ve got.
The ingredients used in Teriyaki sauce are simply soy sauce, sake, sugar and mirin. That’s it! Only four ingredients which are very accessible, you can find them in most local supermarkets worldwide! (Important!)
Why don’t you make this beautiful crispy and glossy teriyaki chicken for the weekend? If you like chicken and crispy food, it will never disappoint you for sure!
Frequently Asked Questions
What variety of pizza is the most popular in Japan?
According to the survey on Nifty News, most favourited pizzas in Japan are:
- Bacon & Potatoes
- Quattro formaggi (4 cheese)
- Pesto Genovese sauce
- Teriyaki chicken
- Soft boiled egg & Ham
- Shrimp & Mayo
- Potatoes & Mayo
- Mochi rice cake & cod roe
I bet no where else has similar ranking. haha
What are the most popular delivery pizza restaurants in Japan?
According to the survey on Nifty News, most popular delivery pizza chains in Japan are:
- Pizza Hut（ピザハット）
- Domino’s Pizza（ドミノピザ）
- Napoli no Kama（ナポリの窯）
- Pizza California（ピザ・カルフォルニア）
- Chicago Pizza（シカゴピザ）
- Strawberry Corns（ストロベリーコーンズ）
- Pizza Salvatore Cuomo（ピザ・サルバトーレ・クオモ）
- Pizza Ten Four（ピザテンフォー）
- Aoki’s Pizza（アオキーズピザ）
Although they revealed 10 chains, I’d have to say top 3 (Pizza-la, Pizza Hut, Domino’s) are by far the biggest compared to the others.
But who needs takeaway pizza when you can make something more delicious at home? Let’s try making our own pizza from scratch with a Japanese twist!Print
How to make Japanese style pizza from scratch!
- 90g Strong flour
- 20g Weak flour
- 1 pinch Salt
- 1.5g Dry yeast
- 60ml Luke warm water
- 100g Chicken thigh
- 2 tbsp Soy sauce
- 1 tbsp Sake
- 1 tsp Sugar
- 2 tsp Mirin
- 1/2 tsp Ginger paste
- 1/2 tsp Garlic paste
- 1/2 White onion
- 1 tbsp Mayonnaise
- 30g Cheese
- Sweet corn (Optional)
- Nori seaweed (Optional)
Making the dough from scratch
(If you want to use a premade base you can skip this step)
- In a big bowl, sift in 90g of strong flour and 20 grams of weak flour. Add a pinch of salt and mix.
- Pour 60ml of lukewarm water into a container and add 1.5g of dry yeast, mix until the yeast is dissolved. (Don’t use water hotter than 138°f or 60°c, it will kill the yeast)
- Allow the yeast to rest for 5 minutes, it should be a bit frothy. (If it’s not, you might need to buy new yeast.)
- In the bowl of flour, make a well and pour the yeast water in little by little, mixing in between each pour. The dough should be a bit sticky. If the mixture is too wet you can add more flour, if it’s too dry add a little bit more water.
- Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth. (Try not to put too much flour on the surface, otherwise the dough might become dry and crumbly)
- Put the smooth dough into a lightly greased bowl cover the bowl with cling film or a damp tea towel. Rest at room temperature for about 3 hours to rise. (Needs extra time in winter)
- After three hours, your dough will have risen (hopefully!). Punch out the air and rest for another 30 minutes in a bowl.
- During this 30 minutes we can prepare the topping.
- Cut 100g of chicken thigh into small bite-size pieces.
- Thinly slice half a white onion.
- In a small bowl, add 2 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp sake, 1 tsp sugar, 2 tsp mirin, 1/2 tsp ginger paste and 1/2 tsp garlic paste, then mix.
- Heat up a frying pan on a medium high heat. Add a little flavourless oil and fry the chicken and onions together until the chicken is browned and the onions are softened.
- Add the sauce you mixed earlier to the frying pan.
- Cook until the sauce becomes thicker and a bit sticky.
- Once it’s cooled down, take the chicken out of the pan and cut it even smaller.
Assemble and Cook the Pizza
- Pre-heat your oven to 200°C or 400°F.
- Now, roll out your dough. You can stretch it by hand or use a rolling pin to roll it out on a lightly floured surface.
- Spoon the teriyaki sauce left in the pan over the rolled out pizza dough. You can add the onions too.
- Sprinkle about 30g of grated cheese over the sauce.
- Next add your chicken. (You can also add sweetcorn here too)
- Lastly, drizzle with mayonnaise.
- Bake for about 20 minutes on the middle shelf. (Keep an eye on it to make sure it is not burning)
- Take it out and sprinkle with finely cut nori seaweed at the end.
- Cut and serve.
This recipe is for one medium or 2 small pizzas, feel free to double or triple the recipe if you want to make more.
If you want to speed up the process, of course you can use your favourite premade pizza crust.
- Category: Fusion
- Method: Bake
- Cuisine: Japanese
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