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TONCHANG (Akasaka)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 16.2011 Yakiniku & Korean 2 comments 0 trackback
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First time I had SAM GYEOP SAL (Pork Belly BBQ) was in Seoul, 1992. I've had Korean beef BBQ many of times, but never pork belly BBQ. It was so delicious and the most common BBQ ate in Korea, but couldn't find one restaurant in Tokyo that specialized in it. So, the only time I would eat it is when I would go back to Seoul for business. 10 years later in 2002, I was going to a meeting in Shinjuku and just happened to past by Tokyo's 1st Sam Gyeop Sal restaurant, TONCHANG on its opening day. It was as good as the best Sam Gyeop Sal restaurants in Seoul, but for the 1st year or so customers were only Korean people and I was one of the very few Japanese customers. But a year later, a Korean celebrity introduced Tonchang on a TV program and from the next day on, too many people found out how good Sam Gyeop Sal/Tonchang is.


tonchan pork
Now there are over 10 Tonchang restaurants in Tokyo, but I go to Akasaka branch since it was close to my old office. Tonchang has various kinds of pork BBQ, but want you want to order is Sam Gyoep Sal Set (Pork Belly Set) 1,029 yen.


とんちゃん 付き出し1
Sam Gyoep Sal Set comes with various side dishes, which are all delicious and free of refills.

tonchan pork2
The pork belly will be grilled on a pan made by stone with Kimichi (Spicy Pickled Chinese Cabbage). The stone pan has a hole at one of the ends and is tilled, so pork belly fat drips out through this hole.


tonchan pork3
The cooking will be done by the waiter, so once you order just leave everything up to him. He will cut it into pieces and when its done he will tell you that's its ready.


tonchan set
Pork belly itself isn't seasoned, but to make it tasty Goma-Abura (Sesame Oil with Salt), Tenjan (Korean Miso), Negi (Seasoned Shredded White Scallions) will be available with Sanchu (Korean Lettuce).


tonchan rap
The proper way of eating it is to take a piece of sanchu in one hand, then get a piece of pork belly, and dip it in sesame oil with salt, put it on the sanchu. Get some tenjan, paste it on the pork belly, get some kimichi & garlic cooked on the stone pan, and also add some negi. Rap it up and eat it.


とんちゃん 海鮮チヂミ
The dishes which you might wanna order as an appetizer is Kaisen Chijimi (Seafood Pancake) 1,344 yen.


tonchan sundobu
While you are eating sam gyeop sal you might want some soup to accompany it. I would recommend to order Soon Doo Boo (Spicy Tofu Soup) 1,029 yen. Its not spicy as it looks and if you are a group of 2-4 people, just order one and share it.


tonchan tamogochimu
Another item which everyone likes is Tamago Chim (Steamed Egg Omelette) 1,029 yen. Its really fluffy and tasty.


とんちゃん 焼き飯
And when you are done eating sam gyeop sal, you want to end your meal with Yakimeshi (Fried Rice) 525 yen. One order should be enough for 2 people, so order 2 yakimeshi's if you are a group of 4. You can add topping as well and almost everyone orders Cheese 210 yen extra. It will be cooked right in front of you by the waiter. Some of my friends say this is the best part of the whole meal.


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Unless you don't eat pork, this is one of the best restaurants in Tokyo in so many ways. I have brought many friends and clients (Japanese and foreigners) here and all of them come back on their own with family and their friends. Only problem is that only branch which takes reservations is Akasaka, but even Akasaka doesn't on Sundays & holidays. Other locations are Shinjuku, Shin Okubo (2 stores here), Shibuya, Ebisu, Ikebukuro, Takadanobaba, Gotanda and Ueno. All the locations tasty the same, but you might wanna avoid Shinjuku, Shin Okubo, and Shibuya since the wait can be for over 1 hour.





TONCHANG (in Japanese,とんちゃん)
Address: 2-13-4 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo (on 2nd floor)
(in Japanese, 東京都港区赤坂2-13-14 福富ビル 2F)
Nearest train station: Tokyo Metro Akasaka (5 min walk) or Akasaka-Mitsuke (8 min walk)
Tel: 03-5573-9272
Reservations: No
Website: http://www.tonchang.com/ (in Japanese only)
English menu: No
Credit Card: Yes
Open: 5pm-5am
Closed: None

Prices: Sam Gyoep Sal Set (Pork Belly Set) 1,029 yen
Yakimeshi (Fried Rice) 525 yen (Cheese topping 210 yen)
Soon Doo Boo (Spicy Tofu Soup) 1,029 yen
Tamago Chim (Steamed Egg Omelette) 1,029 yen
Kaisen Chijimi (Seafood Pancake) 1,344 yen




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2011.07.20 15:30 | | # [edit]
they will find out like you if they become regulars. don't think many customers have 3 t-shirts. LOL

> You should have mentioned the point card... so regular clients can get really cool t-shirts for free!! ;-)
2011.07.21 07:55 | URL | Tokyo Joe #- [edit]

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