I know I’m in the minority here when I say this but I’m not a fan of sushi…at…all. I’ve tried it out a couple of times (well, never the raw fish variety-that I could certainly never try) and just didn’t care for it. Give me a bowl of thick udon noodles and some gyoza (Japanese style dumplings) any day.
On our last night on Maui we ate at a local dining institution called ‘da kitchen. It’s extremely popular with locals and I’m just happy to have randomly come across it on a TripAdvisor forum. For my dinner I had Japanese style fried chicken cutlets and the portion was beyond enormous as it also came with the typical fixings of a plate lunch-white rice and macaroni salad. I think I ate about four cutlets and there were still more than half a dozen remaining. Unfortunately the leftovers had to be thrown away as we were catching a flight, but boy was it good.
I spotted a recipe for Tonkatsu (breaded and deep-fried pork cutlets) in my Book of Japanese Cooking and was eager to try it out. They really turned out good and tasted even better. I will say that if someone in your household isn’t the biggest fan of the taste of pork-make them anyway as the sauce really “hides” the pork taste. This is a recipe I’ve love to try out again sometime.