Tokyo Tonteki and their Pork Loin Steak
What comes into mind when you hear the word katsu?
…now… what comes into mind when you hear the word tonteki?
Hooraaay with my fingers rubbing my soon to be filled belly when I heard katsu but I was scratching my head on tontewhat? What is tonteki?
Tonteki means pork (“ton”) steak (‘teki”). Juicy and thick slices of pork loin steak; slow cooked for a long time with their signature sauce to seal in the flavors. This is different from the cooking that we have been accustomed to lately which would be… deep fried panko coated pork loin (tonkatsu). However, the main difference ends there as we see the similarities of unli rice, shredded cabbage with sesame dressing and unli miso soup.
With Tokyo Tonteki seving us our first taste of tonteki in the Philippines; let’s see if it will be a great market to grow with the Japanese cuisine invasion of katsu and ramen.
Appetizers and Side Dishes
Our meal started with their … appetizer (or mini main course) called Spring Roll of Prosciutto, Avocado and Onsen Egg. It is as what the name implies as you can see all the ingredients blending in harmony. Creamy, Chewy, and yummy! My fail attempt of a comparison would be .. think of it as a ham and egg sandwich loaded with veggies and mayo… without the bread. Just try it out! Definitely something new for your taste-buds!
Our next dish would make Mario and Luigi very happy with the Stir-fried Japanese Mushrooms! Three different species of mushrooms (Enoki, Eringi and Shimeji) sauteed in butter and topped with Katsuobushi (or dried and shaved skipjack tuna). Simple like that but grab a taste and you will be hooked! I’m not really a fan of mushrooms but it was the katsuobushi that got me hooked; the mushrooms were just collateral damage.
Note: Katsuobushi is the premium version of bonito flakes that i have tried as a topping to other dishes.
While all sets already come with unlimited rice, you may also want to give their Special Fried Rice with Egg a try. The name itself nor its appearance doesn’t give justice to the wonderful mixture of flavors that you would experience when you try it. It does have a hint of spiciness.
Before our main event; we had the Chicken Steak Set. It was a preview of what would be coming up next. Juicy chicken swimming in an onion steak sauce. Couldn’t really distinguish the sauce but since it was chicken thigh; I find no reason to say no to this offer.
Our main event! Say hello to the Tokyo Tonteki Set (Large)! Honestly, I wanted to let loose my inner caveman and just grab what I can to stuff in my mouth… but.. but.. must maintain poise as I learn more about it. Thick and juicy would be two words that don’t usually describe a single dish but it fits the tonteki perfectly. Despite nearly an inch thick, you wouldn’t have a hard time slicing it even with just your spoon and fork. What made it better was its ability to soak the sauce/juices from all that simmering.
Tonburgs and Katsu
If pork steak wasn’t your thing, you can order their tonbergs which has similar sauces but in a burger form. A delight for those who love burger steak dishes. Made from ground pork (which makes it more flavorful than beef) and onions; it is a perfect match for rice.
We also had the ebi-fry as our only katsu dish of the night. It didn’t stand out but I guess that’s ok because katsu shouldn’t be your reason to visit Tokyo Tonteki.
For dessert, we had the Creme Brulee and the Chocolate Pudding with Whipped Cream. While everyone loved the pudding, my personal choice would be the Creme Brulee.
Tokyo Tonteki may have brought us a new concept in the era of katsu and ramen; but they sure do pack a punch! I’m really glad that it comes with unli-rice as you would definitely need it.
Disclosure: Tokyo Tonteki paid for our meal.
Till next time,
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