Name: Ikue 이쿠에 Location: 867 Janghang-dong, Ilsandong-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do Cuisine: Japanese Phone: 031-904-9925 Donkatsu...

Ikue 이쿠에

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Name: Ikue 이쿠에
Location: 867 Janghang-dong, Ilsandong-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do
Cuisine: Japanese
Phone: 031-904-9925

Donkatsu, 돈까스, is a Japanese dish that consists of a pork cutlet that is breaded and deep fried. This dish is widely popular in Korea and can be found in many Korean and Japanese restaurants. Donkatsu is usually accompanied with a dipping sauce that has a deep distinct taste, similar to barbecue sauce but better.

Ikue is a Japanese restaurant located in Ilsan that specializes in making donkatsu. What separates Ikue from other competing donkatsu restaurants is that they use 25 thin layers of pork to make their cutlet thick and juicy. Not only do they have your regular donkatsu, they also offer different variations of the cutlet including cheese-filled donkatsu, garlic-filled donkatsu, green onion-filled donkatsu and much more. Ikue also has a great selection of Udon dishes on their menu which is great to eat with the donkatsu.

After doing a lot of research for the best donkatsu in Ilsan, we decided to check out Ikue because the reviews online seemed very promising. Ikue was located within a busy shopping area filled with many restaurants and independent clothing/accessory stores. The restaurant was very clean and the staff was attentive. We ordered a bowl of spicy udon to share and we each got a donkatsu, except mine was cheese-filled.

The waiter gave us a bowl of sliced cabbage to start. The dressing was already in a bottle on the table.

Kimchi Udon 김치 우동
The udon was outstanding. The broth was very hot and spicy, and the flavour was absolutely delicious. The udon noodles were perfectly cooked and had a nice chewy texture. This udon was by far the best I've ever had and it warmed us up really nice.

Here is another close-up shot.

Our donkatsu came with two miso soups, donkatsu sauce and a pot of rice which we scooped into smaller bowls. For the sides, they gave us spicy radish kimchi, pickled radish 단무지 and pickled green pepper.

The donkatsu was served on a small wooden board with a metal cooling rack.

Cheese Donkatsu 치즈돈까스
The picture explains itself. The panko crust on the outside was very crispy giving us a nice crunch when we bit into it; the 25 thin layers of pork made the donkatsu extremely juicy and tender; and the cheese on the inside was mouthwatering and it was melted to perfection. Wow!

We were amazed at how different the donkatsu tasted in Korea, especially at Ikue. We could tell how much effort this restaurant put into serving the best dishes just by the presentation and taste of their food. Both the udon and the donkatsu were perfection. Ikue should be the first donkatsu restaurant you visit if you're ever in Ilsan looking for a delicious Japanese restaurant.

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