Yabu House of Katsu: SM MOA Opening, New Dishes and GC Giveaway
Look who’s back at my blog again! It’s the breaded pork chop again :D and this time, I’m happy to have been invited to the Yabu House of Katsu SM MOA opening night. This would be their third branch after SM Megamall and Robinson’s Magnolia and from the looks of it, they have enough momentum to grow more in the coming months and years. Who wouldn’t want that right?
The event started with Ribbon cutting… then as we entered Yabu, we were greeted warmly by everyone inside waiting for us. Before the opening, all the windows have black curtains covering them but as the doors opened, the black curtains were removed and we entered the light!
They had a small program where they informed us about Yabu’s history, how it has grown and the future plans (new dishes, branches, website). Among the future plans, I was mainly interested on their three new dishes.
- Soft Shell Crab Katsu Set
- Menchi with Cheese Katsu Set
- Menchi with Cheese Katsu Curry
but before that.. let me introduce to you my order for the night. Say hello to…
Yabu: Katsu Curry Set (Rosu)
I picked Rosu over Hire because I want a hint of fat on it but I noticed that they have a thicker fat layer compared to the ones I’ve tried in Megamall. I braced myself as curry for me is something that’s hot and spicy which will make me sweat. Fortunately, when I tried their curry (regular), it wasn’t as hot as I expected it to be. I enjoyed it a lot that I would drown the katsu on it before taking a bite. Very very nice!
In less than a week, curry mission accomplished and I’m very thankful to Yabu for that.
Now… let’s move on to the three new dishes.
Yabu Soft Shell Crab Katsu Set
What’s a soft shell crab? According to Wikipedia, these are crabs that have recently switched their shells thus are still soft (and chewable). This window of changing shells is just short so dishes (during summer) with soft shell crabs are seasonal. I learned something new today!
I love crab meat but I don’t like the shell. However, with the soft shell crab I can make an exception because the shells were crunchy; add Yabu’s panko and you get a double crunch! You can also taste the freshness of the crab but if it tastes a bit bland for you, you can add chili oil sauce to give it a kick.
Yabu Menchi with Cheese Katsu Set
What’s Menchi? Is she the gourmet hunter from hunter x hunter? According to Wikipedia again, Menchi is a ground meat cutlet or croquette. In Yabu’s version, they used a mixture of ground meat and pork; added quick melt cheese and wrapped with their original Panko.
So what can I say? It doesn’t give me the oooooooooooohhhhhhhhh (eyes closed) as I got with their Rosu katsudon as I was thinking of this as cordon blue; although similar but there’s still a difference. The cheese was very cheesy and creamy that I was wondering if they can release a katsu with only cheese inside? The meat was good but it was thin so the panko overpowers it at some time.
Yabu Menchi with Cheese Katsu Curry
As for the curry version, you will get the same taste of the Menchi with Cheese Katsu then simply add their delicious curry sauce. The cheese and the curry sauce go well together… but from the looks of it, their curry sauce would go well with any of their katsu.
So what do you think? Are you excited to try out these new dishes?
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A big thank you to Yabu for the invite and the GCs.
Disclosure: Yabu paid for our meal.
Till next time,
Yabu: House of Katsu
SM Mall of Asia
2/F SM Mall of Asia, Main Mall Atrium, South Arcade, Pacific Dr
Manila Bay Reclamation Area, Pasay
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