Eat This Now: "Original" Pork Cutlet Sandwich at Mr. Katsu

My god...
My god...
Kristine Hoang

If you could do anything to a pork katsu cutlet, what would it be?

Would you slather it with habanero aoli and pesto, or would you stuff it into your grilled cheese? Or... are you more of a curry type (and hence would bath it in that) who also wouldn't mind sandwiching it with yakisoba? Welp, the dreaming ends here, baby.

For years, OC-based katsu-cravers have flocked to places like Curry House and/or Coco Ichibanya for Japanese katsu dishes--namely, traditional curry with rice. But it's 2015, which means the age of the Japanese katsu sandwich has finally come. And there's no better place to try it (in all of those crazy concoctions above, too--mind you) than at Mr. Katsu in Fullerton.

While sandwiches like the Habanero Pesto and Katsu Curry are certainly explosive in flavor, it's "The Original"--pork cutlet, coleslaw, sweet katsu sauce, Japanese mayo, and a French toast/brioche hybrid--that won my heart. Speaking of which, it's a damn hearty sandwich: the coleslaw alone stands at one inch, and the cutlets are--lucky for us--plural.

Of course, no sandwich is without a potato-y partner. "The Original's"? Bit-sized potato puffs (Japanese korokkes a.k.a. croquettes) that come in a spicy-ish Japanese curry flavor. But the most impressive thing? That'd be the fact that, regardless of its size, the sandwich actually stays intact.

Mr. Katsu, 3165 Yorba Linda Blvd, Fullerton, (714) 986-9888, Open Mon.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

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