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Speaking of Japanese beer, the big boy brewers here recently rolled out their autumn offerings as well.
Truth be told, I’ve always enjoyed Asahi and Kirin’s fall flavors, and appreciate their can designs as they remind me of the beauty of the season back home.

Speaking of Japanese beer, the big boy brewers here recently rolled out their autumn offerings as well.

Truth be told, I’ve always enjoyed Asahi and Kirin’s fall flavors, and appreciate their can designs as they remind me of the beauty of the season back home.

Filed under Japan Kirin Asahi seasonal beer fall autumn

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KFC Karaage, Tokyo

Togoshi-Ginza is this amazing shopping street in Tokyo where small “mom & pop” vendors sell all kinds of local delicacies to passers-by. It’s become a beloved destination for many of the city’s foodies. One of the main foods the pedestian-only street’s become known for is its “karaage”, or Japanese-style boneless fried chicken. There are several shops that sell regional varieties from around Japan, featuring different marinades and spice blends, like Torian from Oita.

I hit up Togoshi-Ginza on my last trip over in June and was shocked to find that Kentucky Fried Chicken has quietly opened a branch on Togoshi-Ginza! But this is not your average KFC. To the best of my knowledge, this is the only KFC that specializes in Japanese “karaage”, which they don’t even sell at their normal outlets in Japan…

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KFC “Tori Kara Te”, or “House of Chicken”, only offers four things on their menu, four different types of boneless fried chicken…

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The four flavors are Original Recipe, Spicy, Crispy Rice & Pepper and Soy Sauce…

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100 grams, or about a quarter pound, will run you around three bucks, which gets you about 3 or 4 pieces. They also offer a special box with two pieces of each variety…

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I have to say, the chicken wasn’t half bad. KFC is clearly putting their best foot forward to compete on Togoshi-Ginza.

If you do go to try the fried chicken, please eat at some of the street’s other karaage places first! You’ll find some of the best in all Japan right here on these Tokyo blocks!!

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Tonkatsu Taihou, Meguro, Tokyo

As the Disney Japan offices are located in Meguro, I obviously spend a lot of time in that area when I’m in Tokyo. However, whenever we go out for lunch, we end up leaving the Meguro area as my colleagues always say there’s really nowhere good to eat near the offices. But after doing some research and exploring a bit more on my own, I’m discovering that that’s just not true. There are some GREAT eats in the Meguro area, as long as you know where to look!

I actually had, and I do not say this lightly, THE BEST piece of tonkatsu ever in Meguro when I was there in June…

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Yes, I’ve eaten at Maisen and Butagumi and plenty of high end tonkatsu places around Tokyo, but Tonkatsu Taihou raises the bar far above all of them…

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With only an eight seat counter and small table in the back, when you walk into Taihou, you feel like you’re walking into an intimate sushi restaurant, not a fried pork place…

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Taihou opens at 11:30am for lunch. Folks start lining up around 11. First person in line gets the first seat at the counter, the next person gets the second seat and so on. And that’s the order the chef serves you in. I happened to be first in line so got seat #1!

As soon as you sit you get your tsukemono (pickled vegetables) and salad…

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Your “condiment” selection: Taihou’s special tonkatsu sauce, hot oil, mustard and salt…

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Once you order… I went with their “tokujyo roast”, aka “top cut pork loin”… the chef prepares every piece from scratch. First using a “pig sticker” to poke holes in the pork…

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Tossed in homemade flour…

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Next it goes into the eggs, freshly beaten with chopsticks…

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Removed…

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Into the pan on panko bread crumbs next…

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This is where my piece of pork spend the most time, as the chef would cover it in panko, then press down hard, dig it out and do it over again. He repeated this action about four times…

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Then it was into the hot oil and fried until golden brown, cut and served…

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The eight plates lined up on the counter for the people sitting in the eight seats…

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Pork perfection on a plate! Crisp, thick and juicy with just the right balance of meat and fat…

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Don’t forget the sauce…

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The memories of how good this was brings a tear to my eye even now…

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Served with all-you-can-eat white rice and cabbage, and a bowl of miso soup for about $18!

The chef believes that there’s no need to do anything special or fancy with pork. That if prepared properly, the flavor speaks for itself. He says he buys the best pork from the same butcher every day and strives for consistency by keeping his recipes and cooking techniques simple. The same way that was taught to him. No adjustments. And by doing so, hungry fans keep lining up on a daily basis…

TONKATSU TAIHOU

1 -6-15 Meguro

Tokyo 153-0063 

Japan

+81-3-3491-9470

http://www.tonkatsu-taihou.jp

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