Finally got the chance to try Tonkatsu by Ma Maison after hearing all the raves about it. Visited their new outlet at Westgate a few days back and the dining experience is really worth recommending!
Tonkatsu (豚カツ, とんかつ or トンカツ, pork cutlet), is a Japanese food which consists of a breaded, deep-fried pork cutlet. There are two main types, hire (pork fillet) and rosu (pork loin). It is often served with shredded cabbage.
Tonkatsu originated in Japan in the 19th century. As well as being served as a single dish, it is also used as a sandwich filling or in combination with curry.
A set of sauces were placed on every table. Sweet, spicy, sesame sauce, rock salt, sesame seeds and soya sauce were available. Mustard and tar-tar sauce will be accompanied with some of the dishes too.
Finely grated radish were served to cleanse our palettes and to get us started on the meal.
I prefer to drizzle it with a little soya sauce or sesame sauce for some taste.
Freshly grated cabbages are refillable and they go incredibly well with their tangy roasted sesame sauce.
The first main dish on our table was the "Crab Croquette Set". 2 wholesome pieces or croquette fried to golden brown perfection were served. Rich and flavourful crab mayo oozed out as I sank my teeth into the light and crispy batter. I LOVE this especially with tar-tar sauce and a squeeze of the lemon wedge for that citrusy punch.
"Mameton Set" consists of deep fried prawn and pork loin, served with rice, miso soup and Nyumen.
Nyumen is actually Somen (wheat noodles), served in dashi (stock infused with bonito flakes, dried kelp and shiitake mushroom), topped with chopped leek. Served in a small cup, it tastes light and extremely smooth.
Miso soup is a dark brown broth intense and rich in flavour unlike many other restaurants i went to and was packed with slices of thick slices of mushroom, pork, radish and daikon, this is refillable. 2 thumbs up!
The prawns were extremely fresh and most importantly, not overcooked, which gave the prawns their deserving springy textures. Pork loins were very tender and absolutely tasty. Again, the batter was light and crisp, making fried food all the more addictive!
We also tried the "Kurobuta Rosu Set" (pork loin). Normal pork loin is tougher but Ma Maison’s proprietary ageing process made the loin more tender. You can choose Rosu Katsu (160g) or a bigger size portion, Jumbo Rosu Katsu (250g).
Here, pork loin is kept in a special chiller (with different timed preset temperatures) and the slabs of loin are checked daily.
The fats seem to retained the moisture in the meat, the loin is crispy on the outside and juicy within and i love the fact that the food is so skillfully fried to perfection and yet not oily.
Kurobuta is to pork as Kobe beef is to beef. It comes from an ancient breed of pig known as Black Berkshire. Said to be Britain’s oldest pigs, the pure oriental strain in Japan is considered the best in the world. Apparently, the pigs were brought to Japan as a gift from the royals. Oozing goodness, as tender as quiet moment, heavily marbled and pink hued, this is not pork – this is pork deity.
Last but not least, refreshing jelly was served as dessert to end the delicious and hearty meal.
Tonkatsu By Ma Maison (Westgate)
Address: Westgate, 3 Gateway Drive #04-06 s608532 (Jurong East)
Mon to Fri: 1100 - 1500, 1700 - 2200
Sat to Sun & PH: 1100 - 2200