Saturday, October 22, 2011

For Tasty Times... Its Tonkatsu Time

10th of August, 2010  - After a long, very long day out (ok it most probably seems longer when it takes me a couple of weeks to write it up in a blog), we were all very tired. Otousan and Okaasan were all ready for an easy meal... and a convenient place on the way home was a nice tonkatsu restaurant... tonkatsu is simply pork schnitzel - but done in  a very Japanese style. And it's delicious. Which is odd, given that before I met my wife I didn't enjoy eating pork at all. Tonkatsu was one of the dishes that turned that around (and of course my wife's love and dogged persistence). Don't ask me why, but almost always served with shredded cabbage and a special tonkatsu sauce.

Actually, this place is called Tamafuji, and whilst it's a chain shop, it's a great place to relax. As far as I can tell, this is a Hokkaido only company... 

And it's always interesting when you get such a great view inside the kitchen. Ok, it's not like you're going to see any miracles of culinary creativity here, but it's nice to see your food being made, and more importantly, the state of the kitchen!

Another good thing we like is the fact that you can make your own topping/sauce. It's been a while since I've seen a meal being served with a mortar and pestle! L-kun's here grinding up some sesame seeds to be added to soy sauce to make a nice dipping sauce for the tonkatsu.

So whilst it may not be haute cuisine, it was a great (and relaxing) way to end a very big, but completely enjoyable day. Thoroughly recommend it. And if you wanted a recipe for tonkatsu, check out my other blog Raising Adelaide



  1. Tonkatsu is one of the most popular meat dishes in Japan. It is a popular “set” meal at Japanese restaurants. Tonkatsu with Miso sauce is big in my area of Japan Gifu/Nagano. You can find great little Tonkatsu restaurants all over the place with a set meal usually costing ¥800 - ¥1200 (AUD $8-$12).

  2. Tonkatsu is one of my favorite dishes whether homemade or at a restaurant !

  3. Thanks for your input J_A... there's a few variations based on location in Japan (like everything, we tend to become fans of our local ways of doing things)

  4. RyukyuMike - definitely agree 100%... though I don't think it'd win any awards for culinary sophistication.