Saturday, January 07, 2012

Tonkatsu by Ma Maison, Mandarin Gallery

Tonkatsu by Ma Maison, mangalica pork katsu

Here's a look at the Mangalica pork katsu and ebi katsu from the Tonkatsu shop by Ma Maison (333A Orchard Road, #02-35/36 Mandarin Gallery, tel: +65 6733 4541). If you're wondering what the Mangalica pork was, it's meat that comes from a certain shaggy looking Hungarian pig. Here's the kicker. While I could quite clearly tell that the fatty meat tasted differently from the regular pork, I couldn't exactly describe how so. I was a little disappointed by that even though it was a very competently done piece of tonkatsu. It wasn't the bad kind of disappointment and by all means, don't avoid it. 

The ebi katsu on the other hand was so unexpectedly soft to the point whereby quite a bit of the texture from the prawns were lost. I had inwardly been expecting the meat of the prawns to be be similar to the nicely done ones which Saboten had. The latter had more bite even though it came in chopped pieces and these ones contained unnaturally soft whole shrimps. If I had to make a comparison, I very much prefer Saboten. Those guys make a better sesame dressing for their cabbage which really works miracles on their rice for me.

Tonkatsu by Ma Maison, ebi katsu

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