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    Posted March 19, 2013 by
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    Your best travel dish

    Tonkatsu

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     gr8fuldude traveled to Shenzhen on September 2012 where he says he had one of the best Japanese dishes, but in China. He says Tonkatsu is one of the best travel dishes he tried, although it's not the first time he has tasted the deep fried pork chop. 'I was first introduced to it in college,' he explained. Tonkatsu is a boneless pork chop that is breaded in panko bread crumbs and deep fried and served with a seasoned dipping sauce. 'I was surprised to find it in China,' he said. He says the restaurant where he tried this dish at is extremely upscale, but he managed to arrive before the lunch rush. Traveling to China from Colorado, he found the restaurant to be extremely accommodating, especially since he didn't speak any Mandarin. 'They took excellent care of me,' he said. 'I picked this as the best travel dish, based on the level of service that I got in the restaurant along with the taste and quality of the meal,' he said. 'Preparing food for another person is a very connecting experience when you think about it. That other person is taking the very act of nourishing you.'
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    Last year, when visiting Shenzhen, China, I found a restaurant that served twenty different varieties of Tonkatsu. Tonkatsu is a Japanese dish that is a deep fried pork chop, served with special dipping sauce, rice and a salad. Sinice I was alone in the restaurant and an obvious foreigner, four waitresses fawned over me, mixing the seasonings for the sauce at tableside, mixing my salad and so forth. I walked out completely full, but with one of the best memories of the entire trip. I am torn between going back just for this meal, and finding new places to explore.
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