It is absolutely no secret that Wichita, Kansas loves it’s chicken. Wichitans line up all over town to check out the latest chicken creations. Rotisserie chicken and roasted chicken are always popular but the king by far is fried chicken. Long known as a delicacy of the south, this main stay of church picnics also has a decidedly more tropical cousin. Would it surprise you to know that some of the best fried chicken may not even come from a chicken restaurant at all? Wichita, it’s time you met a popular staple of Hawaiian plate lunches all over the islands, Chicken Katsu!
The Origins of Chicken Katsu
Chicken Katsu has long been a popular staple in Asian culture, where it reported started in kitchens in Japan before showing up in Hawaii and even California. In Hawaii this dish is one of the most popular plate lunches and appears at restaurants all over the islands. Now thanks to Noble House Hawaiian Wichita gets to sample this plate lunch favorite of the islands.
Similar to the German dish, Schnitzel, Chicken Katsu starts out with chicken thighs, which are then pounded thin, seasoned, dredged in egg and seasoned flour and then dipped in Panko breadcrumbs. After that it’s deep fried till it’s golden brown. Depending on what country it’s served in, it can come with a variety of dipping sauces, such as tonkatsu sauce, which is a thick Japanese vegetarian sauce. At Noble House the Chicken Katsu comes with a brown gravy and is accompanied by white rice and, of course, macaroni salad. Imagine you’re grandmother’s fried chicken but with a Hawaiian twist.
Bringing Chicken Katsu to Wichita KS
Noble House Hawaiian Plate Lunch started out as a food truck that began making visits to Wichita in 2015. Chef Akamu was so impressed with the food truck scene in the ICT that he made it his home and in 2017 they opened a brick and mortar location in College Hill on Douglas Ave, near the intersection of Douglas and Hillside, where they’ve been dispensing plate lunches and “Alohas!” ever since. In addition to Chicken Katsu, Noble House also prepares a wide variety of plate lunches such as Huli Huli Chicken, Teriyaki Beef and Kalbi Beef Ribs and the ever popular Loco Moco, as well as a variety of Poke such as Salmon Poke, Ahi Tuna Poke and California Poke.
So next time you feel like getting your fried chicken fix, you should try something a little different and come to Noble House Hawaiian Plate Lunch for the Chicken Katsu. Perfectly seasoned and fried golden brown with brown gravy, rice and macaroni salad it’s a satisfying meal for any chicken lover. It will have your stomach saying Mahalo!