Sunday, August 11, 2013

Late Lunch - Terakawa Ramen : Philadelphia, PA

Late Lunch - Terakawa Ramen : Philadelphia,  PA
Time for another trip to Terakawa Ramen in Philadelphia.
This time I ordered… (From top to bottom.)
  • Charshu Onigiri (Roast pork)
  • Takoyaki
  • Katsu Don
If you’ve been following me for a while you might remember that I have reviewed Terakawa Ramen before. You can read about the restaurant and it’s atmosphere HERE in my last post.
On to the food!
First up was my charshu onigiri appetizer. I’m no stranger to onigiri, I’ve made a few posts about them, but I have never had one that was this heavily seasoned. The entire onigiri tastes like delicious pork stock with bits of meat, sesame seeds, and nori (seaweed). It’s served on a rustic platter with spicy mayo.

I liked the spiciness of the mayo, but the overall mayonnaise flavor really overpowered the pork.

Next up was takoyaki.

I don’t eat squid or octopus and, in case you didn’t know, these are little fried dough balls with a piece of octopus inside. Why did I order and eat this? Because my boyfriend, who has been to Japan, loves them. He was really excited that these were on the menu and he said I had to try one. So I did.

I can say that I loved everything about this little treat…except the octopus. It isn’t so much the flavoring as it is the texture. Octopus is very chewy and bouncy, a texture that is very popular with some people, but I am NOT one of them. Everything else was delicious. I loved the doughy coating, it practically melted in my mouth, and it was topped with fish flakes, mayo, and a tangy BBQ-like sauce. I really with that I could get takoyaki without the tako. (Maybe fish balls can be used instead? Well not fish balls… you know what I mean.)

Lastly was my katsu don.

Katsu don is a bowl of white rice with caramelized onions, a fried egg, sliced chicken cutlet, and a sweet soy sauce. (It was also topped with a bit of green onion and nori.) The rice, caramelized onions, and sauce create a sticky sweet base for the crispy chicken. While the onion and fried egg enhanced the savory aspect of the meal. Each ingredient was delicious on it’s own, but the dish is at it’s best when you have everything combined.

I had enough food left over to take it home and have lunch the next day. (Waste not want not.)

This food was delicious, just like last time, and I definitely see myself eating here again in the future. If you’re in the area check out Terakawa Ramen.

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