Japanese restaurant Abe Chan caused a stir on social media after posting a photo of a very dirty bowl.
The photo spread widely on social media, and was republished by a number of international media outlets, including: picture.
Every day, countless grilled dishes drenched in BBQ sauce are prepared in the restaurant’s stunning cauldron in the Japanese capital.
No one has tried to wash it since the 1960s, according to its owner, who confirms that he “wants to preserve the traditions of his ancestors.”
During a Facebook post by Philippine radio channel 90.7 Birada Fm Claver, which has so far received more than 41,000 likes and 15,000 comments, the audience reacted with very positive reactions.
-Keep the tradition! “I would love to test this out,” one wrote.
-I bet the food tastes great. I would love to eat here, adds another.
90 years old
The Tokyo restaurant, which has received a massive Google rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars, is said to have been founded in 1933 and has since become a regular customer favourite. It is now operated by the third generation.
Why has the cauldron that looks so dirty, covered in food, roasting and cooking after 60 years, not been cleaned yet.
However, the current owner believes that “the process gives the yakitori sauce its unique and wonderful flavour,” according to Bild.
The owner also claims that the restaurant has never had problems with the Japanese equivalent of the Norwegian Food Safety Authority.