Something primal in me stirred when I saw a picture of this Tonkatsu sandwich. We were walking down the street in Kichijoji, a neighborhood in Tokyo known more for its shopping than its food. A gentleman was outside of Ken's Sandwich giving flyers to passersby. The flyer had just a picture of the sandwich and a bunch of Japanese - but the point was made to me, clearly. We kept shopping for a while but were destined to come back.
Tonkatsu is a thick pork cutlet, battered with a crustless bread called Panko, then deep fried. Hot off the presses, it's dipped in a sauce reminiscent of Worcestershire - a mix of pureed apples, hot Japanese mustard and other "special" ingredients. At Ken's they plop it between two pieces of toast, trim off the crust and divide it into bites. It's as good as it looks, maybe better. Thick, juicy pork with a crunchy coating and the bite of the sauce. The toast envelope keeps your fingers clean.
I don't know who Ken is, where he lives, if he's still alive or even if he is a real person to start with. I also don't know if Ken's makes this better than anyone else - all I know is it tastes damn good.
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