Yabu is one of our family’s favorite restaurant and we’re happy they continue to innovate and add new dishes to their menu. We recently saw the adverts for the new Buta Kakuni Don and got curios about the new addition. We scheduled one dinner after Lauren’s volleyball practice and headed to Yabu Mall of Asia to try it out.
We immediately ordered one Buta Kakuni Don but also saw new appetizers I wanted to try. Lauren wanted to look at the menu to order something new and excitedly found the Menchi Katsu.
First up is the Buta Korokke (P230). Croquettes stuffed with Japanese rice and pork belly bits sit on top of sweet and savory mayo and drizzled with honey soy.
I thought the rice would just be a part of the croquette but crack one of the pieces open and you’ll see it filled to the brim with pork bits spread throughout. The outside is the same panko crust they use for their signature katsu so it’s perfectly crispy. These are really good but quite filling so best to share it else you won’t be able to finish your main course.
Next new appetizer I tried was the Korokke Tamago (P190). One giant potato croquette sitting on top of tartar sauce and topped with fried nori.
The magic happens once you crack open the croquette and the marvel at the soft boiled egg hidden inside. Look at the pretty yolk flowing out and coating everything. I also noticed that it was not plain potatoes inside but it had pieces of ham also. I love this also, with the varying textures and the creamy finish but again this is pretty filling.
We were glad we had only ordered one Buta Kakuni Don (P345/ ala carte, +P150 for set). This don is the new addition to their donburi line which started with the Gyudon and Salmon Don, both of which we really enjoyed, perfect for those who want something not fried and panko crusted.
The buta kakuni don has braised pork belly cubes, , snow cabbage, soft boiled egg, pickled ginger and Japanese mayo. A cup of honey soy sauce is serve for you to pour once you are ready to eat and you can control how much of the sauce you want. We poured everything and mixed it all up. There’s lots of creaminess in the donburi by way of the mayo and the soft boiled egg. The tender pork pieces are well seasoned but still has good bite akin to a good pork chop. I loved the addition of the pickled ginger as it gives the dish a flavor kick.