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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.


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


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


Loin and shrimp


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


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)
• 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)
• 9 Raffles Boulevard, #P3-01 Parco Marina Bay, Millenia Walk, Singapore (Tel: +65 6333 3432)
• Changi Airport
• 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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