Address: 4 Chome-8-5 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku Tokyo 150-0001
〒150-0001 東京都渋谷区 神宮前4−8−5
Website: mai-sen.com (Japanese)
Fried pork cutlet or Tonkatsu is a Japanese favorite and in the hearts of many Hong Kongers. A panco-breaded fried pork cutlet, originated from Japan in the 19th Century, is often paired with shredded cabbage and a sweet BBQ sauce. You can chose to have either a fillet or loin, amongst other variations. Eaten either with curry, in a sandwich or on its own, Tonkatsu is something you must try!
What makes a good Tonkatsu? What makes MAiZEN the master of Tonkatsu?
Famous for its long-lines and care taken to prepare Tonkatsu, MAiZEN has been serving Tonkatsu since the World War II. So they must know what they are doing right!?
MAiZEN starts from the source; the Pig. They vary in method of feed, including green tea, purple yam and frequent feeding to give leaner and fattier cuts, while ensuring tender and high-quality pork. Tonkatsu that suits every taste and diet!
Kurobuta is their signature, while Amai-Yuwaku and Tokyo-X are locally reared pigs and just as good! The Chamiton shouldn’t be missed either, being the leaner cut offered, not dry and extremely tasty!
So be sure to arrive early (and during weekdays) to avoid long-waiting for that delicious golden parcel of Pork!
Chamiton 茶美豚 Set
- Exclusively used Green Tea in the feed, this cut of pork has a much lower fat lining, with Vitamin E and inosinic acid (Umami flavor)
Chamiton (left & as above)
- Very tender and less fatty than the Kurobata or most pork cutlets in other Tonkatsu outlets.
- Crispy Panco and finely shredded cabbage, BOMB!
Okita-Kurobuta 沖田黑豚 Set (right)
- Breed of Japanese Black Pork from Kagoshima Prefecture. Known for its fine texture, Kurobuta pigs are raised in a stress-free environment to ensure highest quality.
- Fatter and slightly smokey, this cut of pork melts-in-your-mouth. Just looking at the picture makes me hungry!
- Comes with shredded cabbage and a Pork Miso soup.
- Miso soup (below right), is rich and onion-y, almost sweet.
MAiSEN Tonkatsu Sauce
- Made in house, with a close guarded recipe, this sauce has a strong apple flavor. Sweet and slightly tangy, it pairs perfectly with the Tonkatsu!
- Tangy, but not too sour, this is a great palate cleanser after the glorious Tonkatsu.
Almond Pudding with fruit
- Fruits were sweet and fresh.
- Pudding was meh, nothing memorable though almond-y.