What is Yōshoku?

Yōshoku in Japanese Culture

Yōshoku is a culinary experience that marries the best of both taste worlds, blending the essence of Japanese cuisine and embracing a unique twist of Western influences. Every bite of Yōshoku cuisine tells a story of culinary fusion and its fun moment!

洋 食

yo – shoku

Yōshoku in Japanese Culture

Did you know that the famous Japanese Curry Rice is one of many examples of Yōshoku? During the 1800s, Curry was brought to Japan by British merchants, making it considered a Japanese cuisine influenced by the West!

Yōshoku Experience at The Pancake Co.

At The Pancake Co., we proudly offer a Yōshoku experience for your #HappyTogetherTime that will take you to the heart of Japan’s culinary landscape. From the tantalizing Curry pasta to the comforting embrace of Omurice, each dish is a beloved symphony of flavours!

The History of Yōshoku in Japanese Culture

In Japanese, Yōshoku means ‘Western Cuisine’ (洋 yo – western, 食 shoku – cuisine), a term for Western-inspired Japanese cuisine. This term appeared during the Meiji era when restaurants and chefs catered food for Westerners.

The Meiji Era

Yōshoku emerged during The Meiji Era (1968-1912) when Japan met the flavours and styles of Western cuisine for the first time. Its evolution gained momentum in the Taisho Era (1912-1926), marked by the widespread popularity of omurice (omelette rice), korokke (croquettes), and curry rice. Finally, during the Showa Era (1926-1989), Yōshoku cuisine diversified into the realm of instant meals and frozen food such as frozen croquettes and pouch-packaged curry.

Dai Tokyo shashin-cho (Tokyo photograph album). [Y994-J8149
Dai Tokyo shashin-cho (Tokyo photograph album). [Y994-J8149

Yōshoku cuisine has experienced rapid growth ever since and continues to evolve and adapt to changing tastes & culinary trends, ensuring its popularity among both Japanese and international audiences to this day.