I was craving for one of my favorite Japanese rices bowls of all time, the Katsudon: tender yet crispy panko breaded pork cutlet drowning in a mixture of sweet dashi-soy-mirin sauce, runny barely scrambled egg, translucent onion slivers and green peas atop a cup of pristine rice. And having passed Umami a number of times, it was a sign from the heavens that I have submit to the Katsudon craving. I knew that Umami at Ibn Battuta mall’s food court had a lot of promise of being an authentic Japanese fast food stall with its brightly lit glass display of life-like plastic food bowls.
But as I was hungrily looking through each plastic food display, my eyes did a double take on one dish. The sign read “Chicken cutlet katsu don”, but the rice bowl wasn’t katsudon at all…
I knew it was Tonkatsu (breaded pork / chicken / beef cutlet) with rice, a bowl of miso soup and salad. Katsudon was not katsudon without the sauce, the egg and the onions and / or the peas. It just wasn’t. Am I just being too anal about the Katsudon misnomer?
It is supposed to look like this other dish on display:
Except that there should be a crispy pork / chicken / beef cutlet underneath the slimy, creamy, eggy mess.
But since I was there already, I didn’t want to waste the journey and still went ahead and ordered the damn thing *sheepish smile* My Katsudon craving was just partly satisfied because it didn’t have the sauce, the egg and the onions and / or the peas. What a craving tummy bummer. I think the Katsudon will be on my to-cook-in-the-future list or I will just head over to Bento-Ya for some.
Ibn Battuta Mall food court (beside Geant)
Delirious about delicious,