Donburi: The Don of All Rice Bowl Dishes


What is Donburi? 

Donburi is also known as a Japanese rice bowl dish, with the Japanese term ‘don’ literally meaning ‘bowl’. It can include a variety of ingredients that accompany the rice, as you can see below. Let’s be acquainted with the more popular versions of donburi.

The Tonkatsu: From Japan to the World


Crispy, Spicy and Satisfying Simplicity

Just before a game or a school test, the Japanese like to feast on tonkatsu, katsudon, or a variation of it because the word “katsu” is a homophone of the word katsu (勝つ), meaning “to win,” or “to be victorious,” “to overcome,” in Japanese. But, it seems it’s not just the Japanese who like “tonkatsu”. Everyone loves it.

Did you know that Tonkatsu, literally means pork-cutlet?

It’s a fillet or loin of pork that’s breaded and deep-fried. It is most often served with shredded cabbage and cutlet sauce, and rice. Originating in Japan, around the 1900s, it was considered Western food until Japanese chefs started serving it with shredded cabbage and Worcestershire sauce or tonkatsu sauce. However, some places still serve it yōshoku style, with the rice on a flat plate instead of a rice bowl and with demi-glace sauce instead of Worcestershire sauce. Here are the different varieties.

Important Notice: 3/17


Governor Jay Inslee released a statement that expands protections against COVID-19, which includes no in-person dining at restaurants.

We will be offering only take-out at K-Ton until further notice.

Please call us at 253-941-3148 to place your pickup order.

Thank you.

Read the News Release by Governor Inslee

March 17th, 2020

Most Popular Ramen Styles By Region


Ramen By Region

The ramen style of cooking vary from region to region across Japan, evolving over the past century along geographical lines. Local variations are known by their city or prefecture of origin, many using the produce of their region and becoming nationally famous. Here are some of the main varieties.

Ramen Broth Classification Made Easy


Ramen Classification

Ramen can be regarded as Japan’s national dish. There are as many types of ramen that can be counted, as many regional styles and specialties abound with soups, noodles, and toppings, all varied according to local tastes, ingredients, and cultures. It’s a challenge to put them in categories because of their wide differences. But then, let us try to put some order in the ramen world with attempts to classify them.

Why Okinawans Live Longest in the World


Seven Healthy Japanese Foods for Longevity

Okinawa is a Japanese prefecture comprising more than 150 islands in the East China Sea, and residents there enjoy the longest life expectancy in the world. The largest proportion of people over 100 live on these islands. Men here expect to live up to 90 years, and women, up to 84. Diet plays a major role in their longevity. Okinawan centenarians derive their food sources from both the earth and the ocean. Here’s what they eat everyday.

The Appeal of the Okonomiyaki


The “As You Like It” Pancake

The famous Okonomiyaki literally means “cook what you like” for okonomi, and yaki means “grilled or cooked”. It’s a kind of savory pancake made from a batter of flour, grated yam, eggs and dashi, and typically pork and cabbage as toppings.

The origins of okonomiyaki are unclear as many variations of pancakes have appeared at different times, in many places. The earliest origins of a basic crepe-like pancake date back to the Edo period (1683-1868) when it was a special dessert served at Buddhist ceremonies called Funoyaki. This then evolved during the Meiji period (1868-1912) into a sweeter dish called Sukesoyaki. In the 1920’s and 30’s the dish continued to evolve with more emphasis on the sauces added and the name Yoshokuyaki began to be used.

Japanese Food Facts To Blow Your Mind


Interesting Bits of Knowledge

Tokyo is the International Capital of the Top Restaurants. It beats even Paris. The undoubted world capital of fine dining is Tokyo, with a remarkable 302 Michelin stars in total in 2017. The breakdown as follows: 12 are 3 stars, 53 are 2 stars, and 160, 1 star. Two other Japanese cities make up the top 5 of this list – Kyoto and Osaka.

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