HOLIDAYS, Japan, Uncategorized JAPAN: HUNTING DOWN TONKATSU 27 February 2010

So apparently there is this “awesome Tonkatsu place” around the backstreets of Asakusa temple.

At least, that’s what Mum and Dad were declaring 😛 They’d been there a few months ago when they were in Japan, and swore up and down it was amazing. And so, we traipsed all around looking for it.. until I got bored and tired 😉 We asked some random people and they pointed at a little shop tucked away in a back street. It wasn’t the place that my parents had been to, but they served Tonkatsu and so that’s where we decided to eat.

The place is TINY.. with 2 tables where you sit on tatami mats (Japanese style) on the floor, 2 tables regular style, and a counter with maybe 4-6 seats. We ordered quickly because 1) we were starving and 2) their menu only has about 10 items to choose from.

It was all immediately cooked up by the chef at the open kitchen next to our table, and arrived steaming hot to our table. Let me just say: THE OYSTERS WERE UNBELIEVABLY GOOD!! They were huge, the length of them almost the size of my palm (!). Plump and juicy and oh-so-fresh they didn’t have that fishy smell, they were briskly deepfried in Japanese breadcrumbs. The batter was crispy but not too thick, and it was heavenly biting into the crisp exterior with a *crunch* and sinking your teeth into the moist, fleshy oyster. Cripes it was good. I’m salivating just remembering it now…

The Tonkatsu curry and Tonkatsu set meal both featured deep-fried breaded pork. It was OK. Not nearly as good as the fast-food Curry House place we went to, surprisingly. The batter was great and the pork was thick, but it had a lot of fatty bits in it that we spat out. I much prefer perfectly lean, tender pork.

I thoroughly enjoyed the totally simple spaghetti, which was a tumble of beautifully cooked al dente spaghetti, and some simple shreds of onion and bacon/ham. It was topped with a small sprinkle of Parmesan and herbs and tossed in a tomato-based sauce. Exceedingly basic, but it was delicious. The sauce was slightly tangy with a hint of spice, and it was a welcome break from all the Japanese food we’d been having. Funnily (and not so surprisingly), the Japanese even do Italian food better than many other countries 😉

Sadly, they don’t have desserts. Most traditional Japanese places don’t serve dessert. In fact, I don’t often see Japanese eat dessert. Odd! But perhaps that’s the secret as to why they’re all so thin….


At the little tucked-away tonkatsu place

The counter and open-kitchen

Orgasmic breaded oysters…. OMG….

Tonkatsu curry

Tonkatsu set

Spaghetti

Sake = awesome

Me being a good little food blogger

Our grocery store-bought desserts! That ChocoPie ice cream = amazing


20 Comments

  • starbucksweetie posted on February 27, 2010 at 4:56 am

    I like the spaghetti because it looks really simple.

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    • beverly posted on February 27, 2010 at 8:45 am

      It was the most simple dish, but was done just so beautifully.. mm

      Reply
  • irene82 posted on February 27, 2010 at 5:20 am

    The strawberry mochi ice cream is one of my favorites!!! 🙂

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    • beverly posted on February 27, 2010 at 8:46 am

      It’s yummy hey! Wish all those desserts were easily avaialble here too…

      Reply
  • cenedrah posted on February 27, 2010 at 11:47 am

    I think Asians in general (in Asia, that is; not Asian Australians/Americans) don’t eat much desserts. Traditionally, desserts didn’t really exist. They do, however, eat snacks.

    My goodness, the tonkotsu oysters looks amazing. But my favourite is tempura! Whoever made that was a legend!

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    • beverly posted on February 27, 2010 at 2:07 pm

      Yeah true, I’ve deduced that it’s desserts (or rather, cream, sugar etc) that makes people FAT :S

      Reply
  • angelnotes posted on February 27, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    I love Japanese curry – it’s just so different and YUM. :)~

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    • beverly posted on February 27, 2010 at 2:13 pm

      Same! I like the sweet creaminess of it, and it’s not v spicy so all good with me 😛

      Reply
  • starbucksweetie posted on February 27, 2010 at 4:56 am

    I like the spaghetti because it looks really simple.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on February 27, 2010 at 8:45 am

      It was the most simple dish, but was done just so beautifully.. mm

      Reply
  • irene82 posted on February 27, 2010 at 5:20 am

    The strawberry mochi ice cream is one of my favorites!!! 🙂

    Reply
    • beverly posted on February 27, 2010 at 8:46 am

      It’s yummy hey! Wish all those desserts were easily avaialble here too…

      Reply
  • joejunior posted on February 27, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    I like Curry House too 😛

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    • beverly posted on February 27, 2010 at 3:49 pm

      I wish they’d come to Shanghai.. but then again , we have something v similiar here but the quality is about 1/10 :X

      Reply
  • cenedrah posted on February 27, 2010 at 11:47 am

    I think Asians in general (in Asia, that is; not Asian Australians/Americans) don’t eat much desserts. Traditionally, desserts didn’t really exist. They do, however, eat snacks.

    My goodness, the tonkotsu oysters looks amazing. But my favourite is tempura! Whoever made that was a legend!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on February 27, 2010 at 2:07 pm

      Yeah true, I’ve deduced that it’s desserts (or rather, cream, sugar etc) that makes people FAT :S

      Reply
  • angelnotes posted on February 27, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    I love Japanese curry – it’s just so different and YUM. :)~

    Reply
    • beverly posted on February 27, 2010 at 2:13 pm

      Same! I like the sweet creaminess of it, and it’s not v spicy so all good with me 😛

      Reply
  • joejunior posted on February 27, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    I like Curry House too 😛

    Reply
    • beverly posted on February 27, 2010 at 3:49 pm

      I wish they’d come to Shanghai.. but then again , we have something v similiar here but the quality is about 1/10 :X

      Reply

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