Fast food sukiyaki: One of the greatest things about autumn/winter in Japan!

Want to try Japan’s most famous hot pot, but don’t want to drop big bucks for it? Yoshinoya, plus one other amazing budget-friendly restaurant, are here to help.

We’re psyched that November is here. Part of that is because Japan’s fall leaves are about to reach their peak beauty, but the more important reason is because of two new delicious but cheap sukiyaki options.

Sukiyaki is usually an expensive meal choice in Japan. To start with you need beef, which is already on the pricey side here. Then there’s the fact that sukiyaki is most often found at upscale restaurants, which often require that you order enough for at least two people.

But as of November 1, sukiyaki is back on the menu at the most humble and affordable of Japanese restaurants: Yoshinoya!

Officially, Yoshinoya calls its sukiyaki the gyu suki nabe zen (“beef sukiyaki hotpot meal”). Single-diner-sized, the pot is filled with strips of beef, vegetables, and flat kishimen-style udon, all simmering in the sweet and savory broth that separates sukiyaki from other hot pot varieties.

▼ Yoshinoya’s sukiyaki is accompanied by white rice, a raw egg for dipping, and a side of pickles.

At just 690 yen (US$6.10), Yoshinoya’s sukiyaki is a tasty bargain, as the dish can easily be more than four times that price at other restaurants in Japan. However, if you’re willing to splurge by just the tiniest margin, we’d also recommend you try the sukiyaki set meal at Yayoi-ken.

Yayoi-ken is a chain of teishoku, or set meal, restaurants, and while it may not be as internationally famous as Yoshinoya, it’s a fantastic choice for a quick, casual, and immensely satisfying meal. Yayoi-ken isn’t a fast food joint, but you do purchase

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