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$100 and under: Japanese rice bowls galore at Dondonya Shokudo

Susan Jung

 

It just takes a quick glance at the menu to know that Dondonya Shokudo specialises in rice bowls (donburi) of all types. Inexpensive and in a casual setting, the food, including the large rice bowl, is served on a tray, and you eat it with chopsticks and a spoon.

Most of the rice bowls are well under HK$100. Only a few, such as those topped with sliced deluxe seafood, snow crab, ikura (salmon eggs) or scallops cost more.

I had the classic katsudon (deep-fried pork cutlet with scrambled eggs, HK$78). The lightly breaded meat was moist and the eggs - which needed a little more sliced onion - were perfectly cooked and well flavoured. The rice doesn't disappoint.

My guest ordered a special dish which is only available until the end of this month: deep-fried pork cutlet fillet with egg in miso sauce (HK$85). The sliced pork tenderloin came with a perfectly runny onsen egg (slow-poached) and plenty of shredded cabbage.

Dondonya has other selections, including a few salads, along with hot and cold udon. All the dishes come with pickled turnip and tea, but for an extra HK$15, they will also serve a side dish, salad and miso soup.

susan.jung@scmp.com

 

Dondonya Shokudo, 1/F Cityplaza, Taikoo Shing, tel: 2164 8636. Open: 11.30am-10.30pm. Branches in Mong Kok, tel: 2783 0789; Diamond Hill, tel: 2715 7308; Tuen Mun, tel: 2459 7880; Tai Po, tel: 2638 1087; Lok Fu, tel: 2304 6355; Tsing Yi, tel: 3904 1613; and Kowloon Bay, tel: 2763 1918

 

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