For the past year or two, there have been an influx of Japanese specialty restaurants in the metro. And nope, I'm not pertaining to ramen houses, but katsu joints. While I wasn't initially a big fan, I have to admit that I became a convert. And I can't deny there are times I badly crave for it, although I'd usually refuse to commute to get my katsu fix.
For these instances, I'd wish there's a katsu house just a walk away from home, or maybe a frozen one I can easily fry in my own kitchen whenever I'm craving for it. And luckily, Bounty Fresh heard my plea. They now offer Top Torikatsu -- a frozen instant katsu product made from 100% chicken breast meat, and even comes in 3 variants: Classic, Cheese & Chives, and Tomato, with 2 of which I've got the chance to try.
Chicken meat topped with tasty mayonnaise and coated in golden crispy crumbs
Between these 2 Top Torikatsu variants, I slightly prefer the Cheese & Chives a bit more since I love anything with cheese. The Classic is pretty good as well, and has an interesting tangy note from the mayonnaise. However, I think I would've preferred to eat these with an accompanying katsu or teriyaki sauce as the overall flavor's a bit tamed.
|Cheese & Chives|
Chicken meat topped with creamy cheese & chive sauce and coated in golden crispy crumbs
Top Torikatsu is pretty easy to cook. You'll just need 250g of oil in medium heat, then you can already fry your chicken katsu pieces at around 3 minutes per side.
If you decide to try Top Torikatsu, I highly suggest you to cook it on a non-stick pan. I initially tried cooking it on just a regular pan. The outcome? Soggy breading-less chicken as most of the crumbs sticked to the pan. I'm not sure, but ceramic might be okay too.
Since I had about 5 packs of Top Torikatsu, I decided to add some twist and made my own katsudon, albeit a faux one. Maybe next time, I'll try it with Teriyaki sauce and see if it works, or even Worcestershire with some sesame seeds ala katsu restaurants.
While there's nothing that can beat the real thing meticulously prepared from scratch, I can say that Bounty Fresh Top Torikatsu is a good alternative when you just want to get a quick katsu fix without leaving the house. It may not taste as good as our favorite pork katsu, but this frozen chicken katsu product boasts of its own taste profile that successfully got me hooked. So, will I grab another pack soon? Definitely!
Top Torikatsu is available at P179 per 450g pack in major supermarkets. For more information, visit Top Torikatsu's Facebook Page or follow them on Instagram.