It’s been ages since I’ve eaten at Yoshinoya and, for the life of me, I have no idea why! The food is consistently good, the helpings plentiful, though the ambiance does leave a lot to be desired. (Damn, but it does get noisy there at peak hours!) So when I found myself craving for a substantial meal after a truly harrowing week, I promptly trotted over to Park Square to get my beef fix.
Of course, as these things go, I actually ended up with more than just beef!
Shown above is Yoshinoya’s shrimp katsu jumbo plate, a two-in-one meal platter that features the shop’s signature gyudon (tender beef strips cooked with soy sauce and sweet onions over rice) alongside shrimp katsu.
The shrimp katsu is actually more of a korokke (croquette) rather than a cutlet: minced shrimp is mixed with chives, grated carrots, and spices, formed into flat cakes, then dredged in panko before being deep-fried. The resulting patties are crisp on the outside, fluffy within, and are quite flavorful. The flavors actually provide a pleasant contrast to the more robust flavors of the beef and onions.
Each bowl comes with steamed veg between the beef and the shrimp patties, but the best things to eat with this dish are benishoga (Yoshinoya’s signature pickled pink ginger) and the spicy-tart kimchi.