chicken fried cheese

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I recently made some really really really good mac & cheese. I used a lot of cheese so it was amazing. I didn’t really do anything special, I cooked the noodles (I like mine very al dente) and poured them in the casserole dish and added the cheese. I used Daiya - A bag of cheddar, the container of cream cheese, 2 slices of swiss, and 2  slices of provolone, very cheesy. Then I baked it for a while. I’ve gotten tons of meals out of it and still have some in the fridge.

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Tonkatsu Wako, Shanghai

Shanghai has a huge population on Japanese expats, and many fine Japanese restaurants, but sometimes the hardest foods to find are the simplest ones. Like tonkatsu, Japanese fried pork cutlets, which can be a tough dish to get right if you don’t have the proper ingredients, like good pork and panko breadcrumbs, and time-consuming to make at home. But for folks in the know, the “secret” spot for the best fried pork in town is Tonkatsu Wako, a small fry stand tucked away in the basement of the Isetan department store in Jing’An…

Everything here at Wako is battered, breaded and fried to order. So it’s not a quick meal, taking about 15-20 minutes once you’ve paid, but one worth waiting for. Their fried pork cutlet special is my “go to”…

You get a juicy pork cutlet, perfectly fried, with rice, salad and miso soup for $8.50. And their soup is packed with shijimi clams, which was perfect for my week of detoxing yesterday…

Wako also fries up plenty of other cuts of pork, all sorts of chicken parts and plump shrimp, all reasonably priced. I added a side of karaage fried chicken and a cheese-filled pork ball on the side for an extra four dollars…

Wako does have a small four-seat counter you can eat at, but if you choose to get your meal to go, they do include all the sides and condiments, like sauce, spicy mustard and dressing.

Where so many expats find Japanese comfort here!

TONKATSU WAKO

Inside Isetan, B1

1038 Nanjing W Rd.

Jingan, Shanghai

200040

China