Japanese Robatayaki Should Be an Olympic Sport | Food Skills

  • Published on Apr 3, 2017
  • In this edition of "Food Skills," we head to NYC's Robataya, where chef Yu-Jin Tsugehara gives us a master class in the art of Japanese robatayaki. Popularized in the Sendai region of Japan, the traditional cooking method features seasonal skewers grilled over a special charcoal called bincho-tan. The chefs command a central hearth, and are surrounded by a bed of fresh seafood and vegetables. At Robataya, the preparation is as memorable as the meal.
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Comments • 171

  • Alex Artemyev
    Alex Artemyev 5 months ago +1

    Robatayaki should be an Special Olympic sport.

  • According To Honda
    According To Honda 7 months ago

    This is no joke. More people die preparing food this way than any other. You try to ninja jump over the stove when cooking christmas dinner or the turkey frier on thanksgiving!
    Shits hard! Until then, respect kitchen monkey.

    • ZeroKiryuu03
      ZeroKiryuu03 3 months ago

      lol i work in this restaurant as a chef, at first it was very scary jumping over that but you get used to it

  • james turner
    james turner 9 months ago

    gimme dat grillshrimp!

  • Jenni Anchors
    Jenni Anchors 9 months ago

    i'm sure there's a way to do this without looking like a damn maniac

  • down1nit2
    down1nit2 10 months ago

    Jesus this editing is superb. I'll get to this level too soon enough.

  • Rob C
    Rob C 10 months ago

    Gimmick AF...

  • Royalist
    Royalist 10 months ago

    thanks for introducing me this style of food, never heard of it before but it looks exactly like my kind of food

  • freekitten-o00o
    freekitten-o00o 10 months ago


  • ta hane
    ta hane 11 months ago +1


  • Johnny Dutch
    Johnny Dutch 11 months ago

    "The chef command a central heart", this sentance made my head hurt.

    • Mike Trieu
      Mike Trieu 11 months ago

      You misheard, my dude.

  • Equalized
    Equalized 11 months ago

    why not have like, i dunno a whole show? a narrator, an interview, ANYTHING. this is a music video advertisement for a retaurant i'll never visit, wtf. not even entertaining at face value.
    tell us about the dishes, the cook, the learning process.

    WHY SHOULD IT BE AN OLYMPIC SPORT? jeez. (sry youtube im not usually this bitchy)

  • Abel Abebe
    Abel Abebe 11 months ago

    who ever made this beat is the MAN.

  • nekoneko
    nekoneko 11 months ago

    これは日本人ではない、韓国人だ!!! HE IS KOREAN

  • mash1012
    mash1012 11 months ago +1

    凄いね! 台に飛び乗り まな板を跨ぐ 一般家庭で育った私の感覚からすると非常識極まりない。 こんな不愉快な動画は久しぶりだ。

  • Alan Calvillo
    Alan Calvillo 11 months ago

    I must stop when I visit NYC

  • Phuck Hugh
    Phuck Hugh 11 months ago

    Everything is ala cart. Except the Chef Okamase where they pick a full course pairing for you. Its going to be $50-$80 without sake. So $100 per person. Plus cost of travel Which is expensive in NYC.

  • Phuck Hugh
    Phuck Hugh 11 months ago

    am into Japanese culture, food, and anime and never heard about this. its awesome and I want to go!

  • spacetape
    spacetape 11 months ago +1

    yeah make these longer.. we're not looking at snapchat shit!

  • See Me
    See Me 11 months ago

    Is this buk lau??

  • Dan Lee
    Dan Lee 11 months ago +1

    You need to have Bruce and James from Funhaus on your show. They said they want to do it.

  • Zea Moore
    Zea Moore 11 months ago

    This 00:11 was so silly i think this might be the first thumb down i've given these videos ever. Yup, a thumb down it was...

  • kirwi kirwinson
    kirwi kirwinson 11 months ago

    Domo arigata Mr. robata.

  • dany dongslayer
    dany dongslayer 11 months ago +1

    editing is very buzzfeed-ish

  • SarahG1183
    SarahG1183 11 months ago

    I have to say that I truly appreciate all the food gems that you guys at First We Feast uncover. Always got me craving something :)

  • Timmer Ratajczyk
    Timmer Ratajczyk 11 months ago

    I think that beef still had a pulse.

  • ferrofil
    ferrofil 11 months ago

    interesting and exciting food...but the music drives me up the wall! I hate that shit!

  • clint fujikawa
    clint fujikawa 11 months ago +3

    まな板の上を跨ぐなどこの炉端焼きはキチガイか? 日本人として許せない

  • Cypeq
    Cypeq 11 months ago

    IT'S RAW!!!!!!

    type of comments are coming.

  • Avetarx
    Avetarx 11 months ago

    Salt Bae looks like amateur poser compared to this guy.

  • Stephanie Zimbalist
    Stephanie Zimbalist 11 months ago

    I love this Food Skills Series, it is inspiring and motivating to see so many talented cooks showcasing their technical abilities. I think the soup dumpling is my fave ep.

  • Sebastian Shammer
    Sebastian Shammer 11 months ago

    Salt bae was yesterday, today its about Salt J.

  • B•I•P
    B•I•P 11 months ago

    WHO PRODUCES ALL YOUR BEATS? whoever works on post for all your videos gets mad props from me. The timing of the music is hot ones is spot on every time :D Well done

  • 888 ooo777
    888 ooo777 11 months ago

    jump over the top of a cutting board

  • teamhex
    teamhex 11 months ago

    I'd love to see an Aden Films on this entire process. I had no idea this style existed.

  • Street Kids China
    Street Kids China 11 months ago +2

    whats that soundtrack plzzzzzzzz

  • Nemohoesz
    Nemohoesz 11 months ago

    Fuck me .... its raw.

  • Sidders1943
    Sidders1943 11 months ago

    That guys forearm is huge

  • Brad Machell
    Brad Machell 11 months ago +6

    What is this song? It is DOPE!

    • Nels Nelson
      Nels Nelson 11 months ago +3

      That's what I want to know.

  • friartuck103
    friartuck103 11 months ago

    I thought it was an insult to put your feet on the table or cutting board in the Japanese culture? Please correct me if I'm wrong.

  • VeryUnemployed
    VeryUnemployed 11 months ago

    What is this, cracked? Get a voice over

  • Brad Neely
    Brad Neely 11 months ago

    this series suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucks big time

  • syi666
    syi666 11 months ago +2

    that isn't true at all. binchotan burns at a lower temp than normal lump carcoal

  • rylanb123
    rylanb123 11 months ago

    4th time ive been unsubbed by youtube glich

  • spinalt4pp
    spinalt4pp 11 months ago

    Cool video but jesus, fire your music director already. The music in these videos, this one in particular, ALWAYS makes them worse.

  • LifeOfSky
    LifeOfSky 11 months ago

    Japan would always win.....

  • citizend13
    citizend13 11 months ago


    • ZeroKiryuu03
      ZeroKiryuu03 3 months ago

      LOL i work in this restaurant as a chef as well...the one cooking is the manager we actually do all him salt-sama and another of my co worker who has been there longer than me i all him salt-senpai

  • Eugene D
    Eugene D 11 months ago +17

    This is some hipster bullshit. The appeal being is you're served food on a long wooden spatula/spoon? The dude has to get up on the table to reach something? C'mon... No different than those hibatchi shows where they make a rice heart >.>

    • freekitten-o00o
      freekitten-o00o 10 months ago

      >Eugene D You're so right.

    • David Bugden
      David Bugden 11 months ago +4

      You sound salty my man, are you mad you paid a fortune to have some guy grill some shrimp for you?

    • Bad Santa
      Bad Santa 11 months ago +3

      Just because you don't understand it, doesn't make it bad, just you a fucking little uneducated bitch.

    • David Bugden
      David Bugden 11 months ago +3

      Yeah this seems really unnecessary honestly. It's literally just a place where they grill food.

  • seanautube
    seanautube 11 months ago

    Although it is often thought that binchō-tan burns hot, it actually burns at a lower temperature than ordinary charcoal but for a longer period, making it preferable by a number of chefs. -Wikipedia

  • Grundle Munch
    Grundle Munch 11 months ago

    Leave it to the gooks to have a stupid (AND RETARDED!) way of cooking! Just like they had a gay (AND HOMOSEXUAL!!!) way of eating with those stupid sticks. Man they're so fucking dumb hahahaha.
    And why did they never really invent/use ovens all that much?? THINK ABOUT IT! ASIAN FOOD IS RETARD FOOD. Poisoned by mercury AND radiation! HOW STUPID CAN YOU BE!!!!?!?!?!?

    • OneManShow
      OneManShow 11 months ago +1

      Used too much b8 bro... next time cast out a little bit, then reel it in nice and slow 'till someone bites. Only then can you set the trap with "gay (AND HOMOSEXUAL!!) "

  • yan bag
    yan bag 11 months ago +1

    I was watching an old Iron Chef episode once I think it was Morimoto vs. Bobby Flay and when Bobby Flay one he jumped up on top of the table Morimoto was upset because it's disrespectful to put your shoes on the table where you cook over food is or something I don't know

  • trm nico
    trm nico 11 months ago

    china could probably do this 10x faster

  • Dadapon Soosoo
    Dadapon Soosoo 11 months ago

    Was this supposed to be a music video?

  • windy5883
    windy5883 11 months ago

    how many health violations can you spot?

  • John Cowie
    John Cowie 11 months ago

    The music and editing made this quite annoying. Why is it so short with such little explanation? I was actually interested but quickly was disappointed at the need to be edgy or hip in style instead of respecting the food.

  • anokajdm
    anokajdm 11 months ago

    The original Salt BAEs

  • MakFromCamp MC
    MakFromCamp MC 11 months ago

    I've been to that exact restaurant! The shrimp is to die for!

  • Colin Ferguson
    Colin Ferguson 11 months ago +1

    What music is this? Sounds like it could be DJ Krush

  • Grant Lanning
    Grant Lanning 11 months ago +2

    Meh, wasn't really impressed. The dishes were simple and the chef was't under any stress cooking for just the camera. Film again under normal conditions during business hours and lets see if the dishes look as good. Also, add some on camera food reviews talking about what makes this style of grilling different than what anyone else could do in their backyard with a simple charcoal or gas grill.

    • Equalized
      Equalized 11 months ago

      while i agree with every thing you said, i have to point out that japanese flavor comes from extreme simplicity, i wouldnt be surprised if those veggies and shrimp only had 1-3 ingredients.
      its all about proportions, cooking execution and the way things are cut, its definitely not something you cant achieve at home by any means. they are just precise, its not french cuisine.

    • Alpha Centauri
      Alpha Centauri 11 months ago

      If you have the ingredients you can totally do it at home. It's basically Japanese BBQ. It's still cool though, because with a restaurant you are paying for the experience as well.

  • brooklyn_spider 69
    brooklyn_spider 69 11 months ago

    or if you blow him while he spanks you. lol! the paddle is long enough

  • jlsinner99
    jlsinner99 11 months ago +47

    Not sure about the jumping over the prep table. Doesn't seem sanitary.

    • jlsinner99
      jlsinner99 11 months ago

      My second reply was to Bad Santa but the reply didn't post under there. I wasn't wrong about anything.

    • MrLoobu
      MrLoobu 11 months ago

      jlsinner99 I said if "if you dont think", I on the other hand have no issues with my chef jumping around the food.

    • Benedict H
      Benedict H 11 months ago +1

      So basically, you know you're wrong, and you're now doing mom jokes. *applause*

    • jlsinner99
      jlsinner99 11 months ago

      That's what I told your mom but she just wouldn't stop touching my genitals

    • jlsinner99
      jlsinner99 11 months ago

      You're absolutely right. The solution to an unsanitary restaurant is "Hey, don't eat there!"

  • RyGuyTv
    RyGuyTv 11 months ago

    please peep my channel

  • Romans Tactical
    Romans Tactical 11 months ago +2

    This soundtrack was on some Hybrid Librarian type of level

  • PHISHY 69
    PHISHY 69 11 months ago +6

    Best nicest part was when he walked on the counter top where he was preparing the food! Why doesn't he shit in a bucket and not wash his hands too!
    "YUMMY" NOT!

  • ArielHelwany
    ArielHelwany 11 months ago +2

    $20 for a tiger prawn. I'll be right over.

  • Clint Cheng
    Clint Cheng 11 months ago

    everything looked delicious except for that steak at the end

  • Matthew McCabe
    Matthew McCabe 11 months ago

    I LOVE all these videos of cool restaurants and stuff you make.

  • Jamie Eveler
    Jamie Eveler 11 months ago +2

    I don't mind these other videos besides Hot Ones, but the videos just aren't long enough. You barely scratch the surface on how it's prepared, etc...

  • Jamie Eveler
    Jamie Eveler 11 months ago +15

    You know youtube is fucked when you have a 2min ad for a 1:40 video...

  • noizyme
    noizyme 11 months ago +29

    Asian food + the unnecessary fad-market = more restaurants over here than you can shake a long wooden paddle at.

  • Martyr of Grenth
    Martyr of Grenth 11 months ago +1

    0:11 lmao I just imagine him accidentally slipping and falling all over the food and customers.

  • Max Maker
    Max Maker 11 months ago +1

    Could you please stop cutting your videos like they were the trailer for a new Jason Bourn movie? Its just a guy cooking!

  • Aaron Chin
    Aaron Chin 11 months ago +2

    I love this channel so consider this constructive. These short fucking videos give me culinary blue-balls. Interview someone from the operation. Too much? Film someone or a small group experiencing the dish or process. I mean you guys are hauling equipment and people out to these things anyway. give me some content I can sink my teeth into. These videos just end up feeling like the super interesting intro too a much more interesting video that doesn't exist. Still love you guys.

  • Imaginary Player
    Imaginary Player 11 months ago

    People wanna bitch about WWE being on ESPN because its not a sport (even though it is) but theres debate to have this shit as a sport and gaming these things is what we should be mad about

  • oriwan
    oriwan 11 months ago

    It's fucking raw!

  • Matt Miller
    Matt Miller 11 months ago

    It would be nice to see these chefs try to past steroid tests.

  • Billy D
    Billy D 11 months ago

    ya, no.

  • SwiperMust Swipe
    SwiperMust Swipe 11 months ago +1

    Whoever thought it should be filmed like a porno should be fired

  • జ్ఞా Dippy Jippy జ్ఞా

    I bet those super simple dishes are marked up to huge prices... I dunno... I don't get this one. Why would a customer pay extra essentially for a disorganized kitchen?

  • monkeydust100
    monkeydust100 11 months ago

    Meh I've seen better porn

  • Albert Valencia
    Albert Valencia 11 months ago


  • AnalogX64
    AnalogX64 11 months ago +1

    What makes this special and tasty is the bit of dirt that is picked up and placed into the food every time he jumps around like that. Toe jam anyone?

  • PrincepsComitatus
    PrincepsComitatus 11 months ago +3

    Thats some serious skill.

    MWMTEE 11 months ago +19

    i would prefer mc nuggets

      HAZARDOUS88 11 months ago

      My favourite rapper!

    • Radu
      Radu 11 months ago +1

      But first i'm gonna go take a shit.

    • Woozlewuzzleable
      Woozlewuzzleable 11 months ago

      CaptainCrack3r Yeah I would go back in time eat it even if it was just in my melting mind.

  • wastegate
    wastegate 11 months ago +1

    you should see this guy make a pb&j sando

  • boolzai
    boolzai 11 months ago +1

    I guess this is how they convince you to pay their overpriced meals

  • Ben
    Ben 11 months ago

    So, PF Changs?

    TED_MAUL 11 months ago +5

    I, for one, am hugely disappointed to not see any robots.

  • S.L Jones
    S.L Jones 11 months ago

    The beat man, the beat!!!

  • Razilation
    Razilation 11 months ago +3

    I do that every day but im not surrounded by a bed of fresh ingriedents, instead im surrounded by trash and dirty dishes

  • OG Banterbox
    OG Banterbox 11 months ago +4

    Replayed it like 5 times for the song, can I get the name?

    • daniel nunez
      daniel nunez 11 months ago +38

      it called sandstorm by a group called darude

    • Pat O
      Pat O 11 months ago +7

      Yea. Gave me the ol' "We didn't quite catch that"

    • Geert Bruineman
      Geert Bruineman 11 months ago

      have you tried shazam?

    • Pat O
      Pat O 11 months ago

      I am also curious. Song is sick.

  • ikamts2
    ikamts2 11 months ago +2

    thats cool but does he get gold elims with Hanzo?

  • john nguyen
    john nguyen 11 months ago

    you wonder if it has that fish market smell.

  • Dawn
    Dawn 11 months ago

    God, that looks so good.

  • Sarah Slater
    Sarah Slater 11 months ago +1

    Really need to make these videos like Siman and Martina where they talk to the chef and talk about the food and technique

  • Jarred Martinez
    Jarred Martinez 11 months ago

    I have never seen this type of cooking before. It looks super intricate and really delucious!

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  • Ctrl H
    Ctrl H 11 months ago +216

    I want him to serve me food then spank me with that paddle
    no homo

    • HigherPlanes
      HigherPlanes 11 months ago

      wait, this one might be homo. lol

    • Riku Surakka
      Riku Surakka 11 months ago

      Yes homo, you homo.

    • Phuck Hugh
      Phuck Hugh 11 months ago +1

      Frat boys get spankings with paddles. No homo intended. And even if there was, there is nothing wrong with it. Everyone deserves a good meal and a spanking.

    • Bad Santa
      Bad Santa 11 months ago +1

      some homo I'm sure

    • DANK
      DANK 11 months ago +3

      No. If you turn around and say no homo at that moment ur gay as fuck, cus u stopped suckin on ur boy's dick. You need to wait til your boys are done, swalllow that load, and then say it, with a smile. Otherwise ur gay as fuck, bro!

  • Johnny Cogs
    Johnny Cogs 11 months ago +15

    Salt Bae has some competition, and his name is Salt Senpai.

  • Kayse Osman
    Kayse Osman 11 months ago

    Doing to much at its finest