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Monday, November 24, 2014

Get #Tontekified at Tokyo Tonteki Greenbelt 5!

I learned to appreciate Japanese food when I was drawn to ramen, maki and sushi. Japanese has a way of perfecting its dishes, from tonkatsu then to Tonteki (pork loin steak) now. If you want your pork loin soft, chewy with special sauce to go with, then try and order Tonteki at their newly opened second branch Tokyo Tonteki, Greenbelt 5.

Perfect partner,  Tonteki and Japanese rice

Tokyo Tonteki is the brainchild of Shusaku Namikawa, originating in Mie Prefecture, the owner and founder of the original specialty restaurant in Japan, who was drawn to “tonteki” (Japanese for “pork loin steak”)—a local dish he had during a trip to Yokkaichi City.   The first Tonteki was opened on April 15, 2007, the owner, founder, and chef opened his first restaurant in Shibuya Prefecture in Tokyo, Japan. He discovered a unique way of cooking pork loin steak that he combined with his very own sauce made of aged fruits, vegetables and spices.  The result was pork steak that is incredibly tender and tasty. He believes that it is best to share this delectable dish outside of Japan and so he expanded in Asia. When it opened in the country October last year at UP Town Center,  it was a hit among filipinos that the Am-Phil Group (behind Chili’s, Super Bowl of China, and Nanbantei of Tokyo) decided to open another branch in Greenbelt 5. Selected bloggers were invited  to try Tonteki,  Tonburg and other great japanese cuisine last November 20, it was purely love at first bite.

An order of tonteki goes well with a bowl of steaming hot pork miso soup. The flavor- rich miso wakes up the flavor of tonteki with its sweet special sauce.

 “What makes us unique is that our pork loin steak is not breaded. What you get is a piece of thick, tender and tasty tonteki, with fresh sides and sauces made from scratch,” said Laine de Jesus-Vallar, senior marketing manager of Tokyo Tonteki.

The premium high-grade pork loin meat with the perfect harmony of fat marbling, the secret is also in the cooking. The meat is cooked in low temperature, keeping it tender while ensuring that all its natural juices are locked in. The pork is then “tontekified” leading to an explosion of great flavors.

The Regular Tonteki Set is comprised of thick and tender pork loin cuts served with the signature Tonteki sauce and topped with garlic chips. Each set includes bean sprouts, shredded cabbage, pickled cucumber, steamed Japanese rice and pork miso soup. Extra refills of these side dishes are free.

Tonteki Sets come in a variety of size and signature sauces. There’s the Large, Chopped, Regular and the Ginger-Flavored Tonteki Sets. Signature sauces are Tonteki Sauce, Onion Steak Sauce, Ginger-Flavored Pork Steak Sauce, and Teriyaki Sauce.

Tonburg Sets (Tonburg Steak Set, Cheese Tonburg Steak Set and Pineapple Tonburg Steak Set), meanwhile, are made from 100% premium ground pork meat patty with diced onions doused with the restaurant’s original Onion Steak Sauce.

If you are partial to chicken, you should try the Chicken Steak Sets.
All orders are served with bean sprouts, shredded cabbage, pickled cucumber, steamed Japanese rice and pork miso soup that can be refilled as desired.

Other foodie favorites
There is a whole line of katsu sets, including the Salmon Fry (fillets of Noweigan pink salmon that are ocean fresh), Menchi (100% premium ground pork) and the Ebi Fry (fresh tail-on shelled shrimp).

Extraordinary appetizers will whet your appetite and will add flair to your meal.  Start off with the Spring Roll of Prosciutto, Avocado and Onsen Egg, which is as unique as it is delectable. Prosciutto replaces the usual spring roll wrapper and inside, you’ll find a wonderful surprise—perfectly cooked egg and creamy avocado.

A popular side dish is Stir-Fried Japanese Mushrooms, another bestseller. Enoki, Eringi and Shimeji Brown mushrooms are sautéed in butter and seasoned with select Japanese spices topped with Katsuobushi, the famous smoked Japanese fish flakes.

Tokyo Tonteki’s Special Fried Rice with Egg is best to partner with Tonburg, I love how it compliments my tonteki set. Its just plain delicious.

For desserts, there is Chocolate Pudding with Whipped Cream and Crème Brulee

A full Japanese banquet aims to tease the taste buds by using a range of cooking techniques, at Tokyo Tonteki, you get to celebrate delicious japanese cuisine at affordable price.  Go and visit Tokyo Tonteki at Greenbelt 5.

(Tokyo Tonteki is located at the 2nd Level Greenbelt 5 and at the G/F UP Town Center, Katipunan. Like us on Facebook: Tokyo Tonteki Philippines.  Follow us on Twitter (TontekiPH) and Instagram (@tokyotontekiph)

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