Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Tonkatsu by Ma Maison - Singapore

Juicy Pork Loin Salvation
After a day with Dodo's girlfriends spent gossiping in the hair salon and loitering in the mall as they tested skin cream and shouldered pricey bags, I felt like I'd grown ovaries.  What saw me and my shrinking gonads through it all was the anticipation of a deep-fried pork loin dinner at Tonkatsu by Ma Maison.  They served me the juiciest, most succulent, mind-bending tonkatsu - I cannot imagine a better one - not even on my upcoming Japan vacation!  If I find a superior version, as improbable as that is, it will be purely by chance.  I feel about their tonkatsu as I do about the Dodo - no need to search any further.

The Kurobuta loin, when placed before me, glistened and sparkled next to a ragged pyramid of shredded cabbage.  They'd crafted a work of art from an ugly black pig.  I counted out the seven slices and hoped it would be enough - all the gossiping and shopping had created a mighty appetite.

The food blogger me fought off the starving me.  The shots don't convey the juiciness.  I knew it was going to be good, I was already congratulating Pirate Pixels on the choice of restaurant.  Ever humble, she formed a stop sign with her small fingers "we'll see, we'll see."  When I took the first bite, I looked over at her.  She was chewing and neither of us spoke - a knowing silence.  MC, sitting to my right, fired a warning shot "don't talk to me, busy, busy."  There was little conversation during the whole dinner - remarkable for this chatty crew.

With each mouthful, the crispy first bite gave way to tender pork and a rush of viscous fats.  Kurobuta is a superior pig precisely for the way it stores fat throughout the muscle and it shows in the way the rich taste pours forth from all directions.  In my daze I didn't even notice that one of us had ordered deep-fried oysters.  I didn't think to try any - the ladies said later it was nice as well.
Dodo was on my left making her way through a lesser cut of pork.  I wonder about her sometimes.  She was happy, but as I raved and poked her, she defended her all time fave in Tokyo, Katsu I Chi.  I remember it well and we plan to visit next week.  With Ma Maison fresh in my memory, how will it stack up?  Stay tuned.

One thing's for sure - you cannot top the logo.  I might commission an artist to reproduce it in my apartment. 
Mandarin Gallery
333A Orchard Road
Singapore

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11 comments:

  1. Does the Puff like being compared to a pork loin?

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  2. Puff is used to being compared to a piece of meat.. guess I have to count myself lucky at least it's a premium pork that FN loves :)

    The fried fatty pork was yummy. FN says it's nicer than the one we had in Tokyo today!

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  3. Tokyo is oh for one in the Tonkatsu contest.

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  4. Haha she is tonkatsu so funny!!!! Lol ;)

    I salute the 2 of u if the pig ends up in your house!!!

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  5. @Pirate - the point I was making is that I am no longer looking for a woman or a Tonkatsu, I have found the best of each. How come nobody comments on how sweet that was????? Oh, nevermind!

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  6. Woman=Tonkatsu ;p

    I commented to JC that was really sweet, but I guess she ain't going to tell you that...haha!

    We can't tell you the truth sometimes. JC will kill us. Afterall our commitment is to her...haha!

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  7. @Anonymous Pirate - you scared of the black pig, issit? Lol, so funny.

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  8. I am really NOT pirate!

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  9. @Anonymous - ok, whoever you are, you fear the black pig.

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  10. Ok, for some reason...i can no longer login as pirate.

    Did the black pig kill my access?

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  11. @Pirate - it's possible, blackpig is vindictive!!

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