The weird thing about Hong Kong is that isn’t really about Chinese food. Hong Kong isn’t Chinese. It’s well… a bit of everything. A bit of a reinterpreted mess.
English tea is evolved and has become black tea and evaporated milk with an emphasis on smoothness. And Hong Kong’s national food? Well Japanese food must come a close second and it is held in as high esteem here as we in England adore curry.
This is obviously no bad thing as we all love Japanese food and it is here in Hong Kong in resplendent quality. Tonkichi Tonkatsu Seafood is renowned as the place in Hong Kong to go for tonkatsu or breaded and deep fried pork cutlets (and tonkatsu… Oysters).
We went and it was all a bit too much for me. The portions would make an American kowtow (Japanese) / ketou (Chinese). The bread might have been crispy and the pork was tender but there were just too many fried breadcrumbs to fight your way through. The moderation, the balancing of portions, and aesthetics behind Japanese food seemed to be absent. Compared to the less lauded Sapporo Japanese Restaurant in Central it falls short. Though I have to admit tonkatsu is one of those dishes where I think a lot turns on what you grew up eating… Perhaps this is just too much for me.
That said, I did love the deep fried oysters which were impossibly fresh as they nestled within the batter. If I went back I’ld stick to the seafood.
- Price – 300hkd ish for a set meal (£26)
- Shop 412, 4/F, World Trade Centre, 280 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong