Are you obsessed with Terrace House? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one. Since making its debut on Netflix with Terrace House: Boys & Girls in the City, the world has fallen in love with Japan’s compelling reality TV programme. And it’s easy to see why.
Completely unscripted, Terrace House follows the lives of six strangers who share the same beautiful home. The ages often vary - from teens to those in their early thirties - but the house always includes an equal split of three men and three women. As the show progresses, the house members slowly get to know each other, and more importantly, start to date. It’s truly fascinating stuff.
One thing that’s hard to ignore, however, is the role that food plays in the show. Not only are most of the house members incredibly accomplished cooks (apart from the aspiring chef Yuudai from Terrace House: Opening New Doors, who refused to cook), but every meal looks as though it’s been delivered straight from a fancy restaurant.
But it’s not just the quality of the food that tends to amaze. Many meals have served up their share “fare” of drama, leading to some of the most memorable moments in Terrace House. Here’s an orderve of dishes from the show that spiced things up and left us salivating for more.
In Terrace House: Boys & Girls in the City, one particular house member grew tired of waiting for a love interest to ask her out. So, as a gentle means of encouragement, she made him a delicious omelette-covered rice dish (omurice) for him to enjoy after a hard day’s work. The only problem was, she adorned the top of the omelette with the word “coward”, written in blood red ketchup no less. Unsurprisingly, this spurred quite the reaction. After he’d wolfed down the omurice, he finally managed to pluck up the courage to ask her out.
“Will they, won’t they?” That’s been the question on everybody’s lips when it comes to Risako and Kenny in Terrace House Tokyo. But when Kenny decided to set up a romantic evening on the outside balcony with Risako, it seemed certain that he would announce his true feelings and even attempt to give Risako a kiss. Perhaps somewhat predictably, Kenny failed to take the initiative, or act upon the hundreds of hints Risako kept dropping. Instead, she was left to quietly nibble on sticks of Pocky, a popular Japanese snack, while Kenny sat there totally clueless. *sigh*
Japanese-style hot pot (Shabu Shabu)
A firm favourite with house members, Japanese-style hot pot has made many appearances on Terrace House. Meat and assorted vegetables are cooked in a flavourful broth called kombu dashi, and dipping sauces are provided. It’s a great, communal dish that brings everyone together, as each house member takes part in the cooking, dipping slices of meat into the boiling broth. The end result is a tasty meal that has the ability to mend any divisions that may have occurred.
"The Meat Incident"
Never eat another man’s meat. That’s a lesson the house members from Boys & Girls in the City quickly found out when they carelessly ate a set of prime steaks that were gifted to another member by a grateful client. Unfortunately, the stunned housemate came home to an empty box and a half-hearted apology, which would make “the meat incident” one of the most controversial moments in Terrace House history. The sad thing is, the house members didn’t even prepare the precious meat properly. What a waste.
A classic Japanese delicacy, okonomiyaki can best be described as a savoury pancake. Okonomiyaki means “grilled as you like it”, and there’s plenty to like. It’s made from seasoned flour, cabbage, and various meats and vegetables mixed together. It’s then cooked in a frying pan like a pancake and topped with mayonnaise and bonito flakes. Oh, and it’s absolutely delicious and a common sight on Terrace House.
Serious snack envy
While Terrace House can give anyone a serious case of food envy, it also has a habit of giving us a glimpse of popular Japanese snacks that aren’t available anywhere else. Meiji Chocolate, for example, has been around since 1918 and has a lineup that includes nearly 130 products. Meiji Himilk has a smooth and sweet flavour with a creamy taste, while Meiji Black Chocolate is a rich dark chocolate that has a more bitter, coffee-like aftertaste in comparison. Chocoholics should definitely give them a try.
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Image Source: Terrace House: Boys & Girls in the City, and Terrace House: Opening New Doors