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TONPACHI (Higashi-Jujo)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 17.2011 Daily Local Food & Others 0 comments 0 trackback
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I admit that I first saw this restaurant on TV several times before I ever ate here. The kind of food which is served here is called B-KYU GURUME, meaning B class gourmet (down to earth food). It doesn't mean that it's not delicious, but inexpensive. addictive and kind of junkie. I'm actually a great fan of B-KYU GURUME, and I guess most of our daily food is B-KYU GURUME, but TONPACHI at Higashi Jyujo is really one a kind.

Tonpachi is famous for one dish and that is KARASHIYAKI for 700 yen, stir-fried sliced pork belly or loin with tofu cooked in a secret spicy sauce with tons of garlic and ginger. And when its served cucumbers and green onions are added on top. The owner who is in his mid 80's invented Karashiyaki. Four other restaurants near by kind of copied the recipe and serve it as well, but no other shop anywhere in Japan does.

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First lard is added into the pan and with pork. Once the pork is half cooked, he adds the secret sauce, sugar, sake, another secret sauce, tons of garlic, msg, chili pepper and ginger at the end. Once it comes to a boil, the pork is taken out on a plate and tofu is added.

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While the tofu is cooking, he adds more secret sauce and chili pepper. He keeps tasting it a couple of times and keeps adding whatever is missing.

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When its done and you just dig in. It has some serious punch and kick. First its spicy, then sweet, and finally the garlic comes at you.

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Rice, Oshinko (pickled vegetables), Misoshiru (Miso soup) is extra and you need to order it separately.

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Another dish they have is LEBA SUTAMINA YAKI (Stir-fried pork liver with vegetables) for 700 yen. Even though this isn't spicy or sweet, tons of garlic is used.

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When you're finished you'll smell like garlic and probably want to take a shower as soon as you can, but you will also probably get addicted like many others. Tonpachi is not in the nicest neighborhood or area of Tokyo. It's in a lower middle class area and bit far away from the center of Tokyo, but if you do have friends near by or need to go near Higashi Jyujo for business, do consider Tonpachi for lunch or a quick dinner.

TONPACHI (in Japanese, とん八)
Address: 3-17-9 Higashi Jyujo, Kita-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都北区東十条3-17-9)
Nearest train station: JR Higashi Jyujo (5 min walk)
Tel: 03-3914-1208
Reservations: No
Website: None
English menu: No
Credit Card: No
Open: 11:30am-2pm, 5pm-8pm
Closed: Thursday

Prices: Karashiyaki (Karashiyaki Pork Belly) 700 yen
Karashiyaki Rousu (Karashiyaki Pork Loin) 800 yen
Leba Stamina Yaki (Stir-fried pork liver with vegetables) 700 yen
Rice (Medium Size) 200 yen
Oshinko (Pickled vegetables) 200 yen
Misoshiru (Miso soup) 50 yen

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