Osaka’s Flamethrower Street Food Chef ★ ONLY in JAPAN

Osaka’s Flamethrower Street Food Chef ★ ONLY in JAPAN


Osaka is considered to be the kitchen of Japan.
Meaning it has some really great Japanese food. The place I’m gonna be taking you today
is no exception. However, when you cook in Japanese cuisine,
you use a lot of tools. The blowtorch is one of them. And this place takes
blowtorches to an entirely new level. Welcome to Izakaya Toyo
started by owner and chef Toyoji Chikumoto in 1992 The izakaya is on a spot that used to be a parking lot. Toyoji-san opening here because it was behind the restaurant he used to work at. Izakaya Toyo really hasn’t changed much since 1992.
It’s a standing outdoor restaurant humble furnishings. That means the prices are very reasonable one reason for its popularity. The daily specials change depending on the season
and what’s available at the fish market. Customers help themselves to bottles of beer take as many glasses as you like. Toyoji-san came to Osaka at age 15 from a small island between Kagoshima and Okinawa called Kikai Jima. His izakaya serve seafood. I’ll let you hear the recommendation from Toyoji-san himself And when the smoke starts rising from the open kitchen. That means he’s got his flamethrower out. And when it’s out, the customers stop what they’re doing to marvel at his skills. Yeah, I said “flamethrower”.
Because I don’t know what else it can be. In Japanese cuisine, a blowtorch is the closest tool like this used by chefs. It’s used to broil specific areas of the food with great detail. But Toyoji-san isn’t into precision flames. Toyoji-san called me over.
That means it’s show time! He loads the grill with chunks of maguro. Then his tool of choices lift the flamethrower. Flamethrower cooking isn’t new.
But the way he does it is absolutely unique. Next to the grill is a bucket of ice water. Periodically dips his hand in.
So, he can still work with the meat without other tools. Barehanded. And if your camera’s out, be prepared for style points. Here’s what it sounds like… It’s loud.
A reason why most eaters stop and watch. The chef called me over to get a shot of the specialty Grilled maguro is available
until it’s sold out usually between 6 & 8 p.m Toyoji-san’s flamethrower technique is really an art. So now it’s time to eat what Toyo-san has making.
Every time it gets a flamethrower out. The entire neighborhood is just filled with smoke that smell of delicious grilled meat. However, if you do get here during the business hours, you’re probably gonna have to wait about 45 minutes, but it’s worth it. It’s fun and casual
but don’t let the simplistic style fool you. The food is fresh and outstanding. Getting a course menu set is one of the ways to try all of the specialties. Let’s try some of the grilled maguro loaded with green onions. So, this is maguro. This is the cheek of it,
let’s give this a try. So good. So moist. Very very tender. The maguro you could eat it raw, but when it’s blowtorch or flame thrown like it is with this. Gives it that- that the grill taste preserving the juiciness of it eating it raw, so- It’s really good. Some pieces are still raw inside, but it’s okay.
Just like sashimi. Other items on the menu include unagi eel, Maguro-maki-sushi-rolls, Ikura & uni plates. Umibudou (or sea grapes). This akami red maguro, ikura & uni plate is a recommendation. The Uni & ikura is on top of some sliced Maki sushi. If you’ve never had fresh uni (sea urchin) before it’s the most delicate seafood that you can find. It’s one of the seafoods. It’s- it’s so soft it melts in your mouth the moment it just touches your tongue I’ve never had it like that before very interesting taste Wow That’s a lot of ikura on there. The taste of the salmon fish eggs is certainly more important than the rice underneath it. Which is why it should be loaded on. It’s super easy to make new friends here which just enhances the total experience of Izakaya Toyo. Amazing seafood, a highly entertaining a talented chef, an electric vibe into the night with friendly people. All connected by delicious food. And a 65 year old master who always make sure that each customer leaves with a smile. Next time, we stay in Osaka
to try some of their famous okonomiyaki. And compare it to Hiroshimas version. Which is better Osaka or Hiroshima Okonomiyaki? If you liked it, hit that subscribe button,
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100 thoughts on “Osaka’s Flamethrower Street Food Chef ★ ONLY in JAPAN”

  1. Toyoji san went through a lot in his life. Thank you "Street Food" on Netflix for sharing his story with all of us. And thank you, John, for introducing us to him and his restaurant. I hope I can stop by this year.

  2. Oh I just watched him on netflix series"Street Food" and 2 days later Youtube just recommend this video!

  3. Just saw the episode on this place on Streets Foods on Netflix. Touching back story, great attitude by the owner

  4. another reason why it contains a lot of moisture is obviously for the fact that he keeps up wetting his hand every 5 seconds. i need to go and try it out looks delicious.

  5. Leftists liberals globalists want to destroy all this. They want to flood all eurasian countries with raping and killing negroids and mslims so that all eurasian culture and races will be replaced by 70 IQ negroid mixes

  6. If you get the chance he’s in this Netflix show about street food watch it if you get the chance it’s actually quiet deep!

  7. I just watched the mini documentary on him and it was very well done. Deep emotions portrayed in the video and even though many hardships and sadness he still smiles and exudes happiness through his cooking. No matter how much he got literally beaten he never let that stop him from getting his dream. I love his saying, “better be a chicken head than a tail of a bull”

  8. I teared up on this episode for some reason. This guy alone makes me want to go there and just experience his presence.

  9. That’s Japanese cuisine. Not much culinary skills buts lots of showmanship. And hopefully not too much cigarette ashes

  10. I absolutely fell in love with Toyo watching him on the Netflix Street Food show. He seems like such a genuine character.

  11. OK John Daub, I think it is time you investigate and tell the truth about Japanese Women & Foreigners, Is dating & finding a Japanese Girl in Japan that Impossible & hard,. is that why I find a lot of Japanese Men in the Philippines Romancing the filipina's here in Cebu Philippines where I am at ! Yes John I am close to you ! ? Every time i see a video covering this it is sleazy, its time to do a classy video about this subject, and I think you are the guy to do it! ? Also why are YOU not dating a Japanese HOTTIE , that can help you in Japan ? Get back to me John ?

  12. I saw him first on Netflix series street food ❤ his way of living and personality is amazing ❤❤

  13. Japan is such a gentle place that you won't even get flies bothering you since they're busy doing pioneering work in quantum mechanics & as a side project future development plans of the new CERN.

    Only in Japan <3

  14. One of my clients used to send me over to Japan every couple years or so to do network work at one of their factories for a few weeks. I got paid real good to go over there but I would pretty much piss my paycheck away on the food. I got hooked on Japanese food particularly sushi while stationed there in the Marines. I miss that place.

  15. There's no reason for that man to use his bare hands instead of having a metal tool to turn the chicken with (such as tongs).

  16. Toyo-jiisan and his shop got to be in an episode in Netflix's Street Food series! Check it out, guys!

  17. Remind me of Portgas D Ace, imagine.. Ace is cooking that with his devil fruit powers 🤣😂😂🤣😅

  18. Just watched netflix Street food episiod 2. He is in it. What a sad childhood he has had…. made my eyes balling out tears. And iam a grown man. Shows passion and positive attitude i wish to visit this man one day and will be honoured to eat his food and shake his hand.

  19. Holy moley…Still smoking cigarette while flamethrowing that tuna on grill..!
    Show that to the america'!

  20. タバコ吸いながら調理するのが許されてるのこのおっちゃんくらいでしょ🤗
    この人お母さんを幼くしてなくして、アル中のお父さんに相当虐められたらしい。きっと寂しい思いを押し殺して仕事をしてるのでしょう

  21. I hope to be coming to Japan 2020. I do not want any plans in advance to make or speak about it because usually it does not happen in the end (one of my difficult lessons) but if everything turns out well and I hope to meet you personally. I'm one of the escorters on Instagram and I'm also following your YouTube channel. Good luck and all the best. I hope for good and rich content in the future like this. 👍❤️🇷🇸

  22. Just came back from Japan this past week and it was the best vacation ever! Was in Sumida City and now I MUST MAKE IT TO OSAKA because of this man! Love sea urchin and salmon eggs! OK? lol

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