Teishoku – Japanese set meals

Are you looking to try some authentic, home-style Japanese food but don’t want to break the bank?

Teishoku, literally “set meal” is the style of eating a meal of meat or fish, rice, miso soup, salad and vegetables. When I stayed with a host family on my first trip to Japan, this is the sort of food my host family would eat every day. It’s nutritious, tasty and filling.

Whenever I guide my friends and family around Tokyo, I make sure to take them to a teishoku restaurant. Some of the common chains are Ootoya and Yayoi-ken, which can be found almost anywhere in Tokyo and throughout Japan!

You might need to wait a while for a seat, so it is better for smaller groups of no more than 4.

Typical sample food displayed outside the store, don’t worry if you don’t speak Japanese

Once you get inside, you will be handed a menu. All of the shops I’ve been to have produced an English menu on request, but even if they don’t have one there’s no need to worry. The menu is heavily picture based so everyone just points to a picture when they order.

Are you lost for what to choose? There are many shops where the menu will point out recommended or popular items. Pictured is the “Stir fried chicken and vegetables with black vinegar sauce”. It is a mouthful to say but the combination of the fried chicken and sweet and sour sauce is very tasty! You can also get it with fish instead of chicken.


Chicken and vegetable set


If you are looking for a particularly healthy option this is a grilled chicken salad with hijiki (a type of seaweed) rice.


Rice cooked with seaweed


When ordering, the staff will ask what size and type of rice you want.

Both pictures here are futsuu-mori (medium size), but you can order sukuname (small) or oo-mori (large) too depending on your appetite. Some shops even offer extra helpings of rice free of charge.


Soba with donburi “teishoku” set meal
Grilled fish set



These “teishoku” cost less than 1000 yen which considered quite cheap for eating out. It’s a bargain if you ask me.

That’s all for today, see you next blog!


Blog by Rachel

Edited &Photo by MONTHLY





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