Last night we went to see Rogue One in the mall a town over, and beforehand we decided to grab dinner at a katsu restaurant.
Katsu is a deep-fried meat dish usually served with shredded cabbage and katsu sauce. The more common kind of katsu is tonkotsu (pork cutlet), though you can also get chicken katsu, beef katsu, even cheese katsu. The meat is dredged in flour, dipped in egg, then covered in panko bread crumbs before being deep-fried.
It’s often served with a great heaping pile of shredded cabbage, katsu sauce (so far I’ve experienced regular, sweet, and spicy), spicy mustard, sesame seeds, pickled vegetables, and a lemon. You can also eat it with an egg (katsudon, Paul’s favourite), curry, or in a sandwich. It’s also a popular bento lunch option.
We ate at Hamakatsu! The lovely plastic display of food drew us in:
After we ordered the regular katsu set, they brought us sesame seeds to grind ourselves and mix with sauce.
Next came the whole set: tsukemono (pickled veggies – I love them!), katsu and cabbage, miso soup, and rice. We were also served hot brown tea, which is more commonly served here at restaurants than just plain water. Paul ordered sekihan, red rice with oatmeal, instead of white rice, and our friend Katie also got an ebi-fry (fried shrimp).
Fun note about miso soup – in the States we eat it with a spoon, even the soup. In Japan, you use chopsticks to eat the tofu and seaweed, and then drink the soup straight from the bowl!
It was all absolutely delicious! おいしかったです！
(I didn’t notice these cute little pigs in the display window until afterwards!)