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In Which We Get a Shrimp Fix with a Beef Bowl…

Shrimp Katsu Jumbo Plate

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.

Yoshinoya's gingery kimchi

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.

Itadakimasu! 😉



Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended in June 2016 These days, she works full time at Philippine Tatler as a features writer under the nom de guerre Marga Manlapig. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel. Follow her on Instagram at @midgekmanlapig.

4 thoughts on “In Which We Get a Shrimp Fix with a Beef Bowl…

  1. sarap! nagutom tuloy ako bigla! have to take early lunch for my laboratory class this afternoon.

    anyway, believe it or not i haven’t tried yoshinoya back home but i’ve dined with its several branches during my 14-day tokyo trip last year.

    i love japanese food; my love for it makes me feel that i am half blood japanese, haha!

  2. I used to like the Yoshinoya in SYdney but then it closed down. I loved their chicken karaage skewers. Some of the finest karaage i’ve ever eaten !! That platter looks ace.

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