Why do we eat? Silly question: because we don’t want to starve to death. The human body, just like other living organism, needs nutrients to stay alive. However, this alone wouldn’t justify our need for food that also tastes good; food makes our body work but it also gives us pleasure. And last but not least, food brings us together. With whom? Our beloved ones, for instance: it’s enough to think back to a nice family gathering around the table to see this is true. And as for the bigger picture, it is funny that (almost) every nation has their own pizza. Or kebab. Or…fried chicken. Of course the Japanese have it, too.

The frying technique called karaage is very similar to the already known tempura: chicken (or any meat or seafood, or even tofu or veggie) is dipped in potato starch or wheat flour and then deep-fried in hot oil. The meat is marinated prior to cooking; seasonings differ from region to region, offering  a whole range of exciting flavours. The ready karaage is often served with shredded cabbage and rice, but they also eat it in itself, because freshly made karaage is second to none.

Karaage, just like tempura, dates back to the Edo period; however, in the 1920s, the former gained reputation, thanks to the Toyoken restaurant in Beppu, which made the dish popular. After the Second World War food shortages in Japan, karaage once again became a favored way of preparing chicken, as it was nice and easy. And extremely crunchy!

Karaage chicken today is just as trendy as it was back then: famous Japanese convenience stores make their own karaage chicken and sell them in bags, so you don’t even have to go to a restaurant to enjoy them, let alone cook them. Naturally, karaage has its own festival, held in Oita every year in October or November. Here, you can try all existing variations!

Still, if you want to taste real karaage in  Budapest, it’s enough to visit the Óbuda district of the city, where Sushi Sei awaits you with fresh and crunchy chicken bits– I have tasted them..and they are indeed heavenly! Of course a whole lot of mouth-watering dishes await those who visit Sushi Sei: what they have in common is that they are made from the best ingredients with utmost care and professionalism. Come and bring your beloved ones, colleagues and friends or invite your business partners for lunch! Book  a table now, or have our dishes delivered to your home!