When you travel to Japan, there’s no doubt that you will want to try as many local dishes as you can. The truth is that it’s impossible to sample all of the delicious and unique treats that the country has to offer in just a couple of weeks, but that is what makes the experience so special. You may be already planning to try sushi, takoyaki, okonomiyaki, yakitori, and more, but have you heard of katsu, a crunchy, deep-fried treat that is not only versatile but tastes great and satisfying, too?
Katsu is a deep-fried dish that many people love to try when they visit Japan. It typically consists of a filling, usually meat, that is deep-fried to make a crunchy and delicious outer layer. Katsu can be served in a variety of different ways and with different kinds of side dishes that make it a versatile and exciting dish. Here are three ways you can enjoy katsu in Japan!
Rice is the Japanese staple food and can be eaten plain or mixed with other ingredients. There are even many desserts and sweets made from rice such as mochi and dango. The Japanese have utilized this staple very well to make a variety of tasty dishes.
A classic katsu dish, which you can also buy as a bento lunch box, is chicken, pork, beef, or shrimp katsu served alongside a salad and a helping of rice. You can typically get dishes like these at the chain store, Saboten, or bento shops like Kitchen Origin. Convenience stores also sell katsu bento boxes, but they aren’t usually as fresh as those from specialty shops.
You can also get katsu pieces served on top of rice with sauce, similar to tempura-don.
Katsu curry is a popular and filling dish. Chicken katsu is great with Japanese curry. Chain restaurant Curry House CoCo Ichibanya offers different types of katsu with their delicious and versatile curry dishes, including chicken, pork, and beef.
The crunch of the katsu and the sweet and slightly spicy taste of the curry go together excellently and is worth a try if you’re a fan of katsu.
Kushikatsu is a dish from Osaka and with chain stores such as Kushikatsu Tanaka, you can easily try it even if you are not in Kansai. Kushikatsu makes anything into katsu – as well as the usual beef and pork, you can get tomato, mochi, cheese, mushroom, and even quail eggs. The rule is to dip your kushikatsu, which is served on a stick like yakitori, into the sauce only once, before enjoying the crunch and the rich flavor of the sauce.
Big fans of katsu must visit Kushikatsu Tanaka or perhaps a local store in Osaka to taste this pleasant deep-fried dish.
Japanese food isn’t all sushi and takoyaki! Katsu may not be the healthiest food in the world, but it is certainly a delicious treat to enjoy now and then, and pretty versatile, too. Try katsu curry, a katsu bento, or some kushikatsu next time you’re feeling peckish, and enjoy one of Japan’s most well-loved dishes.