Friday, January 1, 2010

Lunch at Saboten, Xinyi Mitsukoshi, Taipei

Extra large and creamy deep fried breaded oysters

Close-up of the thousand layer tonkatsu

Pork loin tonkatsu with oysters

Pork loin cutlets

Thousand layer fried pork cutlet
My favourite of all the type of pork cutlets available.
It's made of "thousand layers" of thinly sliced pork
which is then coated with breadcrumbs and deep fried.
Oh so tender!

Grated radish with spring onions and some soya sauce

Shredded Cabbage
eaten with some Japanese Vinaigrette

Grinding Black and White Sesame to be sprinkled on the rice
or to be mixed with the special sauce for dipping the fried pork cutlets

Appetiser: Preserved Bamboo Shoots and Sweet Black Beans

We had our New Year's lunch at Sobaten
They specialise in Japanese style fried pork cutlets or tonkatsu.
This is probably one of my favorite places to eat in Taipei... partly cos it's near my apt, but mainly cos it's so crispy on the outside, and so tender and moist inside.
Then there is the whole ritual of grinding the black and white sesames.
The aroma of the sesames being ground simply whet one's appetite.
And the sauce in which the pork cutlets are dipped in is mouthwateringly delicious!
I especially like to come here in winter when they bring in their special extra large fried oysters! Yum! Yum! Yum!

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