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When I was younger, my favorite airport stopover food was the Beef Bowl in Narita. I would purposely not eat on the plane so that I could have space for that dish. After Narita renovated, the beef bowl was no longer served at the same spot, but I found a place called Bowl Bowl that has it.

Bowl Bowl, Narita

It’s really not the greatest dish. It’s more of a comfort food/sentimental memory lane thing for me. This is something I enjoyed as a student going back and forth Narita and JFK.

Finally, a beef bowl for me

Now one of the things I look forward to is Saboten tonkatsu at the Hong Kong airport.
Located in the food court area near the Disney store, Saboten is always busy with a queue of hungry guests waiting to be served.

Saboten

This is my normal order—breaded pork tenderloin and the works

Saboten

Not fond of tonkatsu sauce, I pour two portions of yuzu salad dressing over the crushed sesame seeds. I prefer this dipping sauce

Saboten sauce

Other combos: Loin and tenderloin

Saboten

Loin and shrimp

Saboten

Just loin, and more.
Now, where to find really good tonkatsu in Manila? Please tell me and not the fastfood kind please 🙂

Saboten

Saboten, which specializes in deep-fried pork cutlet and its popular ground sesame sauce, is expanding all over Asia.
In Hong Kong: Find them at the airport and at the Lower Ground Floor, Henry House, 42 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay
Korea: Myeongryebang-gil, Myeong-dong (Tel. 02 756 4510)
Bangkok:
• Isetan Emporium, 6th Floor, Isetan Department Store, Rajdamri Road, Pathumwan
• 5th Floor 622 Soi 24, Sukhumvit 24 Road, Khlong Toei, Bangkok, Thailand (Tel. 66-2-259-8455)
Singapore:
• 9 Raffles Boulevard, #P3-01 Parco Marina Bay, Millenia Walk, Singapore (Tel: +65 6333 3432)
• Changi Airport
Taipei:
• Mitsukoshi Tien Mu, 7th FL, No. 68, TienMu East Road (Tel. 02-2874-3971)
• Mitsukoshi XinYi, A9, 6th FL, No. 9, Song Shou Road
Manila: Coming soon!!

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Pia

Cecile, when I used to travel a lot between Manila and Chicago, my stop over was always Narita too, and I also used to get the beef bowl too during my layovers going home! It was the only thing that was somewhat familiar, and feeling ko I was closer to home whenever I ate it 🙂

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Lee Jose

There is now a authentic japanese tonkasku restaurant in MANILA!!
it is called YABU “HOUSE OF KATSU”
It will be located in megamall atrium 2nd floor. i passed by the other day, they are now  doing a inhouse dry run, i wanted to go in and eat but they said it might take a few weeks to be ready for a soft opening

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tina vitas

I just stumbled upon your very entertaining blog a few months ago…..after hearing about you from my Filipino friend, Paolo, in Amsterdam.  I read about this place in another blog, looks authentic. Wanted to share it with you. 🙂
 http://heart-2-heart-online.com/?s=tonkatsu&asl_sortby=relevance&asl_order=desc
Tina Vitas

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zashi

You made me so curious about Saboten, that when I recently had a layover in HK I ate dinner there. It was so good. Thanks for the food tip. It really is so oishi!

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Hmmm, not sure where’s the best … but I think the ones from Tempura are good?
And Bubble Tea! Yey!
Other than those … fast food types na rin ang knows ko. >.<

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Kirina Landipa

Good evening Miss Chuvaness! would like to know what camera are you using?

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Khun Concepcion

Saboten’s coming to Manila??!! Hooray! I still remember that flaky breading, the yummy sesame seeds with the tonkatsu sauce. My daughter loves pounding the sesame seeds. I can taste it already…. mmmm

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Ramngirl0629

I enjoyed the loin and shrimp combo. Saboten is MASARAP. You always make me hungry,miss. C! I haven’t tried gyu kaku. But I like JAPAN-NICE FOOD. IM SURE YUMMY DIN YAN.

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Poch

You may want to try Crazy Katsu located along Maginhawa St., Teacher’s Village.

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omnesia

Bowl Bowl??? Bastos!!!!!!! hahaha

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tanyathinkingthin

Try the tonkatsu in Kikufuji (Little Tokyo near Makati Cinema Square). Yum….. Gotta eat there this week.

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You should try Tonkatsuya at the Palm Tower in San Antonio Village! It’s a bit hidden, but the fact that even Japanese people go out of their way just to eat there is a testament to how good their tonkatsu is 🙂

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CVS Reply:

ok! where?

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Guest

ohemgee!!! you are bringing to the Philippines another of our Japan Resto favorites – SABOTEN!!!!!!!!!  🙂 waaah! first pepper lunch then saboten. hmn… what’s next?  Gyu Kaku?  😉

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CVS Reply:

I am not bringing Saboten. I wish I were! Gyu Kaku is coming to Manila too!

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sakuratattoo Reply:

you didnt get the franchise pala. :((  were you able to get gyu kaku?
ano pa ba masarap sa Japan? hmn… there’s ten-ya (tendon), ippudo ramen, momo para (shabu-shabu), etc. etc.
oh my, it’s past 1am and all these food is making me hungry!!!  🙂

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That tonkatsu looks amazing and oh-so-perfectly fried!  Also curious about that ground sesame sauce… I LOVE anything sesame!  Now you got me hungry.  Time for an early lunch!  Hahaha!  Happy Sunday!  🙂

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Guest

Ang ganda naman ng presentation! Looks yummy!

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Christopher Sevilla Reply:

japs are concerned about the representation specially sa pagkain talagang ginagawan nila ng art 

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Guest

japs are concerned about the representation specially sa pagkain talagang ginagawan nila ng art 

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Guest

Yum! My dad loves Bowl Bowl, we make it a tradition to pass by whenever we’re in Narita! Do they already have a location where Saboten will open in Manila? 

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CVS Reply:

no idea

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Christopher Sevilla Reply:

but you said coming soon di ba? tingin ko may idea ka na ayaw mo lang sabihin haha joke

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CVS Reply:

true, we tried to get the franchise but someone beat us to it

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Dave

It may not be your kind of place but for P150 the tonkatsu at Crazy Katsu, Maginhawa St. is good. Give it a try.

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jemriz

ive seen it in singapore..ill try on dec…

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