Today on The Meat Show: Japan, host and professional carnivore Nick Solares sets his sights, perhaps surprisingly, on one of Japan’s most notable chicken dishes — despite having at least once called chicken "a delicious vegetable." But after consuming a hearty amount of waygu beef (tune in next week to see that in action), a tender, flavorful chicken dish is exactly what the doctor ordered.
Solares specifically samples honetsuki-dori, a chicken preparation said to have been perfected at Ikkaku Marugame, a restaurant in Kagawa. Honetsuki-dori juxtaposes two pieces of roasted, bone-in chicken — one from a young chicken and another from its mother — for a side-by-side comparison of the tastes of chicken at various ages. While "old" chicken might seem like a risky order, Solares compares the dish to strip loin, while the younger bird is more like filet mignon. Can the honetsuki-dori preparation turn Solares into a chicken convert? Watch the video above to find out.