Kani (Crab) Croquette and Tonkatsu (Pork Cutlet)
Why does fried food taste so amazingly good? Well, I can definitely vouch for that when I confess that one of my favorite Japanese foods is Tonkatsu – breaded, deep fried pork cutlet. Usually served with tsukemono (Japanese pickles), shredded cabbage, miso soup, and rice, this is a meal that one must definitely experience when in Japan.
Tsukemono (Japanese Pickles)
Tonkatsu has become quite popular in Japanese restaurants outside of Japan, but for the very best Tonkatsu I've had, it's definitely been in Japan. There are many tonkatsu shops in Japan that offer all you can drink miso soup and all you can eat shredded cabbage along with your tonkatsu order.
Stuffed Yuba (bean curd) Croquette and Fried Shrimp
Tonkatsu (Pork Cutlet) with Cabbage Salad
If you are not a pork eater, there are many other options usually offered including kani (crab) cream croquette, fried shrimp, chicken katsu and sirloin katsu. When you eat really good tonkatsu, you will not taste or smell the oil. My friend Samya was so impressed when she peeked in to the open kitchen at Katsukura and noticed no sign of grease, or dripping oil.
Love the Open Kitchen!
Katsukura restaurant is a fabulous choice for Tonkatsu in Japan. They originated in Kyoto with four locations and now have branches in many other places across Japan including the Tokyo area. The location we dined at was the one in the Takashimaya Times Square building in Shinjuku. The meals are delicious and extremely affordable with most set combo meals for lunch under JY 1,720 ( approx.$17) and dinner going for about JY3000 (approx. $30). With each meal comes a soothing barley tea, cabbage salad with a delicious Citron dressing from the Tokushima Prefecture, Tsukemono (special Japanese pickles from Kyoto), Miso Soup, and Mugi Gohan (Rice mixed with wheat). The bonus is that the barley tea, pickles, soup, and cabbage salad all include free refills.
Takashimaya Times Square Main Build. 14F, 5-24-2 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan