Kushikatsu (串カツ?), Also known as kushiage (串揚げ?), Is a Japanese dish consisting of meat and vegetables fried on a skewer. In Japanese, kushi (串?) Refers to skewers used while katsu refers to chop or fried skewer meat.
Many confuse Kushikatsu with tempura, however, the only difference is the mass. The tempura dough uses a base formed by water, flour and egg, while in kushikatsu breadcrumbs are added.
Some say that the kushikatsu dish may have appeared in Shinsekai in Osaka. Since there you can find several restaurants of this type.
Kushikatsu can be made with chicken, pork, seafood and also with seasonal vegetables, remembering that there is no need to have a certain restriction, since the dish can be adapted. The meat is skewered in the kushi, which is dipped in egg, flour and panko flour, being fried in vegetable oil.
Kushikatsu can be served simply or with the sauce used in the tonkatsu.
How to eat kushikatsu?
The way of eating is unique in restaurants and bars, where the most common is to dip the kushikatsu in a sauce that was available on the table for consumption.
The sauce is divided between customers in a container, so it is disrespectful to dip the kushikatsu in the sauce after you have bitten it. This is said to be disrespectful and is often considered disgusting.
To avoid cases like this, it is common to find instructions in the menu in English for foreigners with the necessary information on what not to do. There it is a question of ethics and customs, so it is always good to respect the environment we frequent!
Instead of putting the skewer straight into the sauce, you will often find ways to get the sauce, such as brushes and even spoons so that you can pour the sauce onto the kushikatsu on your plate!
Osaka travel forum
Osaka is the city of Kushikatsu, below we will recommend 3 great restaurants where you can taste the infinite types of Kushikatsu or kushiage.
Kushikatsu Daruma (串カツだるま)
A long-standing restaurant in an Osaka tourist spot, Shinsekai. In total, there are 12 Kushikatsu Daruma in Osaka, and they are all very small and have a capacity for a few people. Being like a bar here in Japan, however, in a way more pleasant and hygienic. They offer about 40 different types of kushikatsu.
Yakko (や っ こ)
This is also another popular restaurant in Shinsekai. The place is also quite cramped.
This restaurant prides itself on having a unique flavor and a reputation for fresh ingredients. This is because Kushikatsu is dipped in a thin mass, which is lightly fried until it is crunchy. The kushikatsu offered at the restaurant is very rare, as it uses tallow or fat from the meat.
Yaekatsu (八 重 勝)
This is quite famous in Shinsekai. The restaurant itself is large and can fit many customers, although due to its popularity, it may mean that you may have to wait in line to eat there.
The dough on the kushikatsu in Yaekatsu is soft and has a light flavor. The secret to softness apparently comes from the yam added to the pasta.
Things in common in these restaurants are the size of the place, not being allowed to use the sauce after having bitten the kushikatsu and not being able to use credit cards. When visiting Osaka, be sure to visit these places and try the famous kushiage.