とんかつ とんき Tonki – Meguro, Tokyo

An institution.  My go-to place for Tonkatsu in Tokyo.  I keep coming back even though ever time I go in, I come out smelling like I was just deep fried in oil.  But it is so worth it.

Let me start by pointing out that I am in awe of the old uncle that cuts all the Tonkatsu that comes straight from the frier to him.  He waits no more than a minute – at most – and just cuts it to order.  Bless his heart.

Most people think there are only 2 choices of Tonkatsu in Hire and Rohsu.  Wrong.  Don’t forget Kushi, which is Hire with Onions, more of a skewer (thus when you look at the Japanese menu and you see the Kanji for “skewer”, it is identical to that in the Chinese character ().

I always add in the Kushi, along with my usual Rohsu – don’t shame me for liking my fat!

The Kushi is on the top here.  And I can’t help but eat 2 bowls of rice and seconds of Salad as well.  I use the Tonkatsu sauce as a salad dressing.  And then all the Japanese around me look at me funny when I add the seven spice chili powder and Tonakatsu sauce to my rice.  But, that’s me!  You can eat it any way that you like.  And I love the mustard on the pork, it makes it just right!

I think I need to compile a list of my Top 10 must eats, any time, any where, any day, when ever.  This is there.

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