If you are wondering what the difference between teppanyaki and hibachi then you have come to the right place. Both teppanyaki and hibachi are grilled over an open flame, so the confusion is quite understandable. The grilling is done in front of the guest in an almost art form by the chef.


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The Grills

The difference in both dishes is mainly in the grill. The hibachi grill is also known as a shichirin while the teppanyaki uses propane instead of coal. The teppanyaki grill is also good for cooking eggs, rice and vegetables that have been cut finely.

The Hibachi Grill

The hibachi grill or the shichirin harkens back to the Heian Era circa 794 and 1185 AD. Hibachi is Japanese for “fire bowl,” because of its container shape. The hibachi grill uses wood or charcoal. Sometimes hibachi grills use electricity, especially in restaurants.

The Teppanyaki Grill

The proper origins of the teppanyaki grill are unknown. This style of cuisine is believed to have been around for over 200 years. Teppanyaki restaurants are much better known outside of Japan. These grills are basically a hot plate. You could try some of each at Benihana Thailand. These grills are a great way for chefs to show their guests their skills with the knife and put on a show as well as dinner which is one of the reasons that grills are famous among connoisseurs.



Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world. Google+