âPork cutletâ is made by coating pork with egg water and tempura batter one after the other and deep-frying it crispy in oil. Starting with Korean-style pork cutlets, which are characterized by their thin meat thickness and batter, they have evolved into various shapes and flavors from country to country, such as âcutletsâ from France and âschnitzelâ from Austria. Among the various types, the Japanese style âtonkatsu,â which uses thick slices of meat to make the most of its juiciness, is the most popular and is loved by many people. The pork cutlet, which is presented as meat that has preserved its flavor and tender texture through the aging process, is so delicious that it can be eaten without sauce. Recently, tonkatsu specialty stores have varied condiments such as truffle oil and Himalayan salt, adding fun to eating by combining them to suit your taste. Crispness and juiciness bursting with moisture! Here are 5 of the best emerging tonkatsu restaurants in life.
Seoul pork cutlet restaurants include Daehak-ro Jeongdon, Euljiro Anzu, Jangan-dong Konban, Mapo Tonkatsu Yunseok, Seoul National University Sharosu-gil Sambaekdon Tonkatsu, Hongdae Hapjeong Crazy Katsu, Yongsan Bukcheon, Jamwon-dong Hansung Tonkatsu, Samcheong-dong Ginza Bairin, Seoul Station Ojeje, Yeonnam-dong Hekseong Tonkatsu, Hapjeong Choegeum Tonkatsu, Apgujeong Katsu Ban, Mangwon-dong Heki, Hongdae Seogyo-dong Honkatsu, Yeonnam-dong, Yeonnam-dong Yangkatsu, Yeonnam-dong Independent Katsu, Songpa Mija Restaurant, Seoul National University Kisa Seoul, Apgujeong Apgujeong Apgujeong Haru, Itaewon DOTZ, Hapjeong Kawakatsu, Seongsu Orenokatsu, Seongsu Carinji, Yongsan Tonkatsu Palwol, Seongbuk-dong Geumwang Tonkatsu, Junggye-dong Ondal Tonkatsu, Hongdae Tonkatsu Shop, Myeongdong Myeongdong Tonkatsu, Mokdong Gosine, Hongdae Mura, Namsan Namsangol Sancho-jip, Gangnam-dong, Gangnam-dong Yeoksu Papa Gomsuze Tonkatsu, Changdong Matsumura Tonkatsu, Gwanghwamun Kimkwon Taedon Cutlet White Rice, Gyodae Katsuo, Dongbuichon-dong Tonkatsu Feast, Daebang-dong Shinonnurie Raw Pork Cutlet, Namsan Wonjo Namsan Wang Tonkatsu, Seongsu Yoon Kyung-yang Restaurant, Nowon Junggye-dong Yongman Eating Tonkatsu, Sinseol-dong Delightful Tonkatsu, Yongsan Ichon Momoya, Eunpyeong Yeokchon Yeokchon Wangkatsu, Yanggok Doo Hwadon cutlet, Bangbae dachang pork cutlet, Gileum-dong dara hamboxtech, Hwagok-dong Hwagokson pork cutlet, Dongchon barley rice and pork cutlet in Munjeong-dong, Famous places include Myeongil-dong Juyangduri Tonkatsu, Myeongdong Jin Katsu, Seoul Station Bistro Hangang Salong, Seongsu Prospecting, Seongsu Yoon-gyeong, Garosu-gil Jeongdon Premium, Apgujeong Dosan Bunsik, Kyung Hee University Jang Anjeong, Wirye Doctor Cutlet, Insadong Gwanhoon Mansion, and Mokdong Family Gyeongyang.
Tonkatsu restaurants around the country include Suwon Hongik Tonkatsu, Ilsan Bambino Kyungyang-siang, Ilsan Kimchuil Tonkatsu & Wheat Noodle, Anyang Evergreen, Bucheon Seongbuk Dongwang Tonkatsu, Hwaseong Dongtan Life Pork Cutlet, Dongincheon King Tonkatsu, Incheon City Hall Yuki Donkatsu, Incheon Songdo International Style Cuisine, Busan Suwanyang Bunsik, Busan Mihwadang, Busan Suyeong Hi Haru, Busan Katsuan, Busan Gupo Daebaktejin Tonkatsu, Busan Jungang-dong Genchang Curry, Busan Gwangbok-dong Kissamono, Daegu Tokyo Dining, Daegu Ibane, Daegu Dongseong-ro Jeonwon Tonkatsu, Ulsan Bonfox & Bonjeong, Daegu Mirim, Daegu Daebong-dong Daekui, Daegu Spicy Tonkatsu & Kudbullang Noodle, Daegu Hamjibak, Daegu Chilgok Korean American Restaurant, Daegu Sansiro, Daejeon Byeong-gyu Tonkatsu, Daejeon Seolhae-don, Daejeon Terrace Kitchen, Gwangju Chosun University Daisy, Jeju Seogwipo, Jedon Famous places include Hallim Okra, Jeju Kuku Arim, Jeju Suudong, Jeju Aewol TONKATSU Seo-hwang, Aewol Aruyo, Woljeong-ri Hoja, Cheonan Pearl Hall, Cheonan Radio Salon, Cheonan Doctor Cutlet & Pasta, Asan Pinnacland, Suncheon Songchi Village, Mokpo Seoul Bunsik, Goseong Rose Kyungsik, Sokcho Udongdang, and Cheongju Park Hall. Also, there are several branches such as Brown Tonkatsu, Kobe Beef Cutlet, Kimukatsu, Owl Tonkatsu, Da-chan Tonkatsu, and Hibarin, and Japanese food brands that are good at pork cutlets include Mitaniya, Coco Ichibanya, Abiko, Misoya, and Katsura.
1. 'Ojeje' at Seoul Station captures the taste and style of Jeju
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'Ozeje' is run by two young people from Jeju. Using nature as a motif, they accented every corner of the store with basalt walls and Jeju inspired props. The signature menu is âtonkatsu,â made by selecting high quality meat from black pork and white pork slaughtered on the same day on Jeju Island. Two types are available: âtenderloin pork cutlet,â which is easy to enjoy thanks to its light flavor, and âsirloin pork cutlet,â which has a more savory flavor. The meat went through a professional aging process to make the most of its soft texture and deep flavor. I recommend initially dipping truffles in salt to enjoy their natural flavor, then eating them with raw wasabi and homemade pork cutlet sauce to suit your taste.
â²Location: 363-2 Hangang-daero, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
â²Opening hours: 11:00 â 21:00 every day, B/T 15:00 â 17:30, closed on Sundays
â²Price: Tenderloin pork cutlet 13,000 won, sirloin pork cutlet 13,000 won
â²Review (Shikigami Fireworks 9119): This place is popular among tonkatsu restaurants where waiting is basic these days. The meat is thickly sliced, so if you eat the whole plate, you'll be more full than you think. They said they also made their own bowls, but overall, the store is great! The lime soba, which is topped with a lot of thinly sliced limes, is also delicious, but the texture of the noodles is also very different because they are homemade at the store.
2. âBlack Heart Tonkatsuâ in Yeonnam-dong, where hot stone-grilled rice adds richness
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âKuroshim Tonkatsuâ is the second branch of âTonkatsu Kuroshim,â which is well known as Jeonju's tonkatsu restaurant. Tonkatsu is made using Jeju black pork marinated in koji salt for 24 hours. All menus are served as a side dish along with freshly cooked stone-grilled rice and pork ribs, as soon as the order is placed. The breadcrusted pork cutlet combines crispy batter with tender meat, and has a classic flavor that is crispy on the outside. The characteristic is that tonkatsu is eaten dipped in yolk paste instead of the usual pork cutlet sauce. The rich flavor of the egg yolk wraps the meat in moisture and enhances the rich flavor. After a meal, the savory rice crackers made from stone-grilled rice are a great place to eat.
â²Location: 2F, 262-10, Donggyo-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
â²Business hours: 11:30 â 22:00 every day, B/T 15:00 â 17:00
â²Price: Roskatsu (sirloin) set meal 13,000 won, platter cutlet set meal 15,000 won
â²Testimonial (green apple pencil): I was surprised when I ate pork cutlet and stone-grilled rice came out, but I was surprised once more because the yolk sauce was unique. The egg sauce doesn't have a strong flavor of soy sauce and egg yolk, but the aroma is more vivid regardless of the flavor of the meat. When you feel like it, eat it refreshingly with pickled red pepper and pickled oyster, and before you know it, you'll be able to clear the game!
3. Hansang made with ingredients from Jiri, Hapjeong's âStrongest Gold Tonkatsuâ
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With white-painted walls and a clean wooden interior, the interior and exterior of the restaurant have a cozy feel. I want to capture the atmosphere of Mt. Jiri with food ingredients born and raised on Mt. Jiri, such as black pork, miso paste, herbs, and rice. The signature menu is âTop Sirloin Tonkatsu,â which has a rich flavor and rich juiciness using only a small amount of the top of the Berkshire K sirloin. Tonkatsu, where the batter wraps completely around the meat, combines soft, crunchy meat with chewy fat, and you can experience a variety of textures in your mouth. If you make an oil paste from the hamcho salt and perilla oil placed on the table and serve it, an even more aromatic flavor comes to life.
â²Location: 31-30, World Cup-ro 3-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
â²Opening hours: 11:30 to 21:00 every day, B/T (weekdays) 15:00 to 17:00, early closing when materials are exhausted
â²Price: Sirloin pork cutlet 16,000 won, tenderloin pork cutlet 14,000 won
â²Testimonial (Shikigin No. 731): 49 I waited a long wait to eat it, but it was not worth the time I had to wait. I tried the combination of perilla oil and pork cutlet for the first time, and it was delicious because the flavor of perilla oil was really strong. I ate the soup that came with it, so it was more filling, and I finished it off with Schisandra and yogurt for dessert.
4. Apgujeong's âKatsubaikonbanâ continues the reputation of the main store
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âKatsubaikonbanâ is the second place for âkonban,â which became famous for its tonkatsu in Jangan-dong. The sight of food being prepared in an open kitchen made of glass evokes a sense of anticipation to the fullest. The signature menu is the âroast cutlet set meal,â which consists of deep-fried roast steak with lean meat and fat, pork jiru, cabbage salad, and rice. The meat aged with homemade salt and yeast has an excellent combination of the sweet flavor unique to the region and the rich juice that pops out every time you chew lean meat. I also like âChicken Karaage,â which is easy to enjoy with a beer before a meal, and âHitokuchi Curry,â which is great for dipping pork cutlets.
â²Location: 36 Seolleung-ro 153-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
â²Business hours: 11:30 â 21:00 every day, B/T (weekdays) 14:30 â 18:00, B/T (weekends) 15:00 â 18:00
â²Price: Roskatsu set meal 15,000 won, mixed cutlet meal 20,000 won
â²Testimonial (Overwhelming salmon): A place where people line up before opening and break time. When the food just came out, I was worried that the amount would be small, but since each piece was big and I ate them all, the amount was really large. The batter, which had a nice crispy texture, wasn't thick, so it was nice that I didn't feel it until I ate the whole plate of pork cutlet. The sauce is good, but I personally enjoyed eating it with just a little bit of salt.
5. âHekiâ in Mangwon-dong, where the juice bursts out the moment you bite
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âHekiâ presents tonkatsu using an authentic recipe that uses only pork, eggs, flour, and bread crumbs without chemical seasonings. Only 0.3% of the golden pork produced in Korea was cross-aged by wet aging and dry aging to bring out the unique flavor and flavor of the meat as much as possible. The signature menu, âHirekatsu Teishoku,â stands out for its visuals that make use of the round shape of the tenderloin without a layer of fat. Just seeing the gravy flowing transparently over the pinkish flesh after being deep-fried to the point where blood is slightly soaked is appealing to the palate. If you add Himalayan salt to the tenderloin cutlet, which is greeted by a gentle aroma of meat, you can experience the sharpness of the flavor as you chew.
â²Location: 38, World Cup-ro 17-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
â²Business hours: 11:45 â 20:30 every day, B/T (weekdays) 15:00 â 17:30, B/T (weekends) 15:00 â 17:00, closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
â²Price: Hirekatsu set meal 12,500 won, Sangrou set meal 16,000 won
â²Testimonial (5-Minute Steaming): I go all over the place so often that it's called Tonkatsu Dukhu, but it's my favorite restaurant. As soon as you chew on tenderloin, the juice comes out, and the flesh is so tender that it disappears from your mouth after a few chewings. If you mix salt into the truffle oil that comes with it, dip the pork cutlet in, and eat it, the umami will explode! If you want to eat a little more, you can add minced meat cutlets as a side.
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