When I saw this on TV, I had a lot of emotions… First, I felt insulted and indignant. How could a white American franchise make teriyaki bowls? These guys make burgers, tacos, and now teriyaki? Could it really be any good? Then, I felt a bit worried. What about all them mom and pop teriyaki joints that my Korean friends’ families run? What will happen to their businesses? Will they be taken down by this Walmart-esque move by Jack in the Crack? Why don’t they leave them alone? How will my friends earn allowance? I really felt for them.
Funny thing is that teriyaki, though originally from Japan, isn’t that popular there. There are no teriyaki shops in Japan. It’s an American thing. I’m sure that the first to open the shops were Japanese Americans, but soon most of the shops were opened by Koreans and maybe even Chinese. Personally, I’ve always thought that syrup that they call sauce is too sweet and they put too much on the rice. I hate it when my rice is covered in sauce. I like my rice white, thank you.
Anyways, after thinking about it, I don’t think that Jack in the Crack will put any teriyaki shops out of business. It’ll just give some people out in the boonies a place to get some pseudo-Asian food. Those who love their teriyaki will still go to the Asian stores, where the portions will be bigger, the sauce tastier, and the choices wider. SAMs like places where they have spicy teriyaki, lots of side vegetables, and sometimes even kimchi! Most places will even have the combo, where you can get both beef and chicken teriyaki. Personally, I always ask for sauce on the side. – Reflective SAM
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