I like shopping so much, I'll buy anything -- even hype. So it's no surprise that when I'm with a big group and am craving some deep-fried deliciousness, I head to Butagumi Tonkatsu in Goldmark, Causeway Bay, home of the 16-inch pork chop. It's a den of sin, because the entire menu consists of various meats and seafoods, lathered in breadcrumbs and deep fried to a crispy golden perfection. Admittedly, the pork chop quality isn't the best (I prefer Tonkichi in World Trade), but in the battle between quality and quantity... QUANTITY ALWAYS WINS. At least when it comes to rapid, rampant consumption of high-calorie foods.
The 16-incher pictured here is tailored for two, but we normally order one between five or six of us, then supplement with regular thick cut pork, cheese filled pork chops (like chicken cordon bleu), oysters, prawns, foie gras with pork and fish filets. If you feel like your skin is lacking in pimples or your waistline could use a few extra inches, this is the place to go. Pair with Asahi and make a night of it.
Butagumi Tonkatsu is at 7/F, Goldmark, 502 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay. Tel: 852 3428 2862.