Thursday, March 21, 2013

25-Layer Pork at Kimukatsu (Honolulu, HI)

With the number of Japanese tourists swarming Hawaii every year, it's no surprise that Honolulu would have great Japanese food. From ramen to handmade soba, you can find pretty much everything here. One of the places I had my eye on was Kimukatsu, famous for their pork katsu made by stacking 25 layers of pork slices, then deep frying it. This way, the katsu is supposed to retain more of the juices than a thick piece of pork cutlet.

Now, Hawaii is also not cheap. An order of pork Katsu set (with rice, cabbage, miso soup, pickles) would be $19 normally but they do have a special menu during lunch. The regular tonkatsu order is not on this menu but you can get a katsudon set ("The Original Kimukatsu Bowl") for $16 or the Kimukatsu Curry for $13.

The first thing that came was the heaping bowl of shredded cabbage, with vinegar dressing on the side. Both the pickles were great in cutting the richness of the katsudon but I particularly loved the lotus root pickles. IMG_3574

Now, the katsudon itself is a (square) bowl of rice topped with egg and onions, and the original pork katsu itself. I came here right after my very first surfing lesson and this was such a great, satisfying lunch following all that workout!
Pork Katsu

You can certainly see the thin slices that make up the katsu!
Pork Katsu
 It was juicy without being fatty and the breading was nice and crispy. Now, if you order from the regular menu (available both lunch and dinner) they have one filled with cheese, or seasoned with garlic and black pepper, and they also have a special kurobuta katsu for $22. I bet that one would be even juicier, but I'm gonna have to save that for my next trip.

320 Lewers St
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 922-1129
Kimukatsu on Urbanspoon



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