The day was just like any other day, but it was a perfect day to try something different.
My first visit to Yabu (see my previous post here at http://dude4food.blogspot.com/2012/09/crazy-for-katsu-at-yabu.html) was quickly followed by several more, and I just can't get enough of Yabu's awesome Katsu. This time, I wanted to try something different. The regular Pork Tonkatsu is a dependable and consistent winner, but I had something else in mind...it seemed like a good day for some soft-shelled crab and premium Kurobuta Pork.
The pre-meal ritual of preparing your own Katsu sauce is always a great way to start any meal at Yabu. Grinding some sesame seeds and pouring the thick, dark Katsu sauce just builds up one's appetite for the coming meal.
The meal began with an appetizer duo of Wakame, sweet and tangy seaweed salad topped with ebiko, and Hiyayakko Tofu, silken tofu cube in ponzu sauce topped with bonito flakes (P 195 for two appetizers).
Then, Yabu's Soft-Shell Crab Set (P 480) arrived, a whole crab coated in panko and deep-fried to golden crisp perfection. The cool thing about soft-shelled crabs is that you can eat everything, legs and all.
The subtle sweetness of the crab and the delicate crunchy texture are complemented by the dipping sauce. Add a little hot mustard for a little kick to complete the blend of flavors and textures. Rice and shredded cabbage is still bottomless, so get yourself a second helping.
And finally, Yabu's Kurobuta Premium Set (P 575), tender, juicy pork from the Black Berkshire pig imported from Japan. Everything you want in a crisp, tender pork cutlet, all in one plate.
Go for the Rosu cut, a 3/4 inch pork loin marbled with just the right amount of fat for that butter-like feel. The crisp outer layer and the tender and juicy Kurobuta, simply the best Katsu in the metro.
Yabu's Soft-Shelled Crab and Kurobuta Pork are both winners, two new dishes that will keep you crazy for Katsu.
Yabu, The House of Katsu is located at the 2/F, Mega E (Atrium), SM Mega Mall, Julio Vargas, Mandluyong or call 576-3900 for inquiries.
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