Got my #YabuAtHome, finally!

One aspect of pre-COVID-19 life that I miss the most is dining out.

The excitement as I step into one of my go-to restaurants, the anticipation for my favorite dishes and the joy of biting into familiar flavors and textures… all these are part of the enjoyable experience of dining out.

Some of the dishes I enjoy most when eating out are the katsu sets from Yabu: House of Katsu.

Yabu takes pride in its tokatsu. Thick cuts of premium meat from local farmerd are coated in panko (Japanese bread crumbs) and deep-fried at precisely 165 deg C then allowed to rest. The result: brightly golden katsu with crispy panko coating giving way to juicy and tender meat.

Yabu, Ayala the 30th

Yabu, Ayala the 30th

Aside from the freshly-made tonkatsu, each Yabu katsu set consists of refillable steamed rice, miso soup, shredded cabbage and slices of seasonal fruits.

Yabu, Ayala Malls Feliz

The fam and I enjoy dining at Yabu for the delicious katsu and the unli rice and shredded cabbage. Being able to eat our fill at this resto makes for great value for money.

However. the pandemic made itself known to the world in quite a big way, and with all the restrictions resulting from the quarantine, dining out will never be the same.

There was a time when I despaired of ever getting to enjoy the katsu sets I craved for.

Then, Yabu introduced the notion of enjoying its signature katsu sets without having to leave the house.

Yabu, Ayala the 30th

Yabu, Ayala the 30th

Thanks to #YabuAtHome, now available via GrabFood’s long-distance delivery, I had my family’s katsu faves delivered to my home, where we can enjoy them in comfort and safety. These included:

Rosu (Pork Loin) Set (Php460). Thick and juicy pork cutlet with a trimming of fat.

Yabu, Ayala the 30th

Yabu, Ayala the 30th

Hire (Pork Tenderloin) Set (Php425). Thick and juicy cutlet with no fat.

Yabu, Ayala the 30th

Yabu, Ayala the 30th

Chicken Set (Php430). Thick chicken breast fillet.

Yabu, Ayala the 30th

Yabu, Ayala the 30th

Each katsu set comes with pre-packaged katsu sauce, miso soup, shredded cabbage with dressing, and a serving of steamed rice. While we had to waive the unli rice refills, we were able to make do by cooking additional rice at home. Problem solved!

I’m so glad that I won’t be deprived of my katsu faves during quarantine.

Yabu, Ayala the 30th

This Yabu: House of Katsu branch is located at Lower Ground Floor, Ayala Malls The 30th, Meralco Avenue, Ugong, Pasig City, open for dine-in and takeout Sundays to Thursdays from 11am to 9pm, and Fridays to Saturdays from 11am to 10pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 87293872 or +63 915 5130094.

Yabu’s katsu sets and more are available via GrabFood.

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Return to my katsu love at Yabu, Ayala Malls Feliz

It’s been some time since I last had a taste of premium tonkatsu. I’ve been craving those flavorful pork cutlets, breaded with panko, deep-fried to a beautiful golden brown and accompanief by fluffy Japanese rice and its own katsu sauce.

But first, how about some trivia about one of my favorite dishes? For example, did you know that…

  • Katsu is a shortened form of katsuretsu which means “cutlet?”
  • The dish was introduced in Japan in the 19th century during the Meiji period when the country opened its doors to the West?
  • At first, beef was used for katsu bit was later eclipsed by pork as the meat of choice by the 1900s, hence the rise of the term tonkatsu with ton referring to pork

Well, what comprises tonkatsu anyway?

Yabu, Ayala Malls Feliz

Yabu, Ayala Malls Feliz

You will know that you’re enjoying good quality and authentic tonkatsu when these are present:

  • Thick cuts of meat. Expect generous cuts of meat of at least 0.75 inches, giving you a viand that’s flavorful and filling.
  • Premium pork. Only the finest pork from local farmers delivered fresh to the kitchen should be used to ensure meat that’s tender and juicy.
  • Fresh panko. The panko (Japanese breadcrumbs) that coat the katsu should be freshly made, resulting in long, light and crispy flakes that adhere to the meat and gives a satisfying crunch to the bite.
  • Heat. The katsu should be cooked at precisely 165 degrees C and allowed to rest properly to help it retain its juiciness and tenderness.
  • Bright and golden. The resultigg katsu should be served fresh with a bright, golden color and crisp coating.

With these to look forward to, I went to the Yabu House of Katsu branch at Ayala Malls Feliz for lunch for my return to katsu. My solo food adventure was a Hire (Pork Tenderloin) Set (Php375 for 80g) which consisted of a thick and juicy pork cutlet with no fat, plus refillable Yabu staples which include steamed white rice, miso soup, shredded cabbage and fruits.

Yabu, Ayala Malls Feliz

Yabu, Ayala Malls Feliz

I also got myself a glass refreshing Ripe Mango Juice (Php125) to go with my katsu meal.

Yabu, Ayala Malls Feliz

What a happy return to an old favorite!

Yabu, Ayala Malls Feliz

This Yabu branch is located at Ground Floor, Ayala Malls Feliz, Marcos Highway, Dela Paz, Pasig City, open Mondays to Thursdays from 11am to 9pm and Fridays to Sundays from 11am to 10pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 82531746.

Other branches are located at:

  • Pasig: Ayala Malls the 30th
  • Quezon City: Robinsons Galleria, UP Town Center, Robinsons Magnolia, Ayala Vertis North, SM North EDSA The Block
  • Mandaluyong: SM Megamall
  • Taguig: SM Aura Premier
  • Makati: Powerplant Mall, Glorietta 2
  • Manila: Robinsons Place Manila
  • Muntinlupa: Alabang Town Center
  • Las Pinas: SM Southmall
  • Pasay: MOA Main Mall

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