Crunchy or crispy?
One Saturday morning, my friends and I had a very spontaneous day in the metro. Plans were thrown out the car window and whims are welcomed with open arms. Our only indicator as to where to go is away from the Katipunan traffic.
By impulse, we decided to have a detour to Moonleaf Tea Shop Maginhawa (my favorite branch) to buy ourselves milk teas. Since we were in Teacher’s Village already, we decided to drive around and look for a place to have lunch.
|from Crazy Katsu's facebook page|
My friend suggested Pino Resto Bar and I was thinking of BRGR Project, but then, the Crazy Katsu sign in front of us seems to charm all 8 eyes in the car. So Crazy Katsu it is, no contentions.
Given that the restaurant is a Katsu place, we decided to order different Katsus. I had Chicken Katsu, while my other friends ordered Katsudon and Tonkatsu.
Chicken Katsu. P145.00.
Chicken Katsu is the bestseller in the house. Served over a bed of cabbages and the special sauce is the sliced Chicken Katsu, and then topped with chilies and spring onions.
I love the play of flavors specially the spiciness, and of course the texture. It’s tender on the inside and very crunchy on the outside. The special sauce is similar to the sauce of Lechon Kawali: it’s sweet, sour and spicy with a hint of saltiness. Just like the phrase “You had me at hello”, the chicken katsu had me on the first crunchy bite!
The Katsudon is not as flavorful as the chicken katsu, or maybe it’s because it doesn’t have a dipping sauce. It’s also not as crunchy but the plus is that the serving is normally enough for one person.
The Tonkatsu is similar to the Chicken Katsu except that it’s pork and not spicy. The breading also has a smoother texture than the chicken katsu.
Honestly, I don’t know how Crazy Katsu fares in terms of authenticity or if it’s better than other katsu restaurants in the country. But from the three times I’ve been to this restaurant, I still can’t seem to get enough. Therefore, Crazy Katsu, with all its crunchy glory, is definitely a comfort food.
#81 Unit I Maginhawa Street, Teacher’s Village
U.P. Diliman, Quezon City
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