Spicy Japanese-Style Curry Katsu in Bangkok, Thailand

Spicy Japanese-Style Curry Katsu

by Katsu Katsu, Bangkok, Thailand

Katsukarē, or katsu curry is a Japanese dish that was developed in Tokyo in 1948 and has since become popular all throughout the world. Katsu curry is especially trendy in Bangkok, where a large Japanese expat community increased the popularity of this rich and filling dish. 

spicy Japanese-style curry katsu in Bangkok, Thailand
spicy Japanese-style curry katsu in Bangkok, Thailand

Katsu curry is a dish made from tonkatsu - a breaded and fried pork cutlet - served with Japanese curry on a place of white rice.

Japanese curry differs from other types of Asian curries in that it is typically thicker, milder and sweeter. The sweetness comes from added ingredients such as apples, honey, and carrots.

fried pork cutlet with spicy Japanese curry
fried pork cutlet with spicy Japanese curry

When I stepped inside Katsu Katsu, a small shophouse restaurant in Bangkok, I was immediately surprised at how authentically Japanese it felt. The small restaurant was quiet and cozy. They had lots of different types of katsu dishes on their menu, but I was in the mood for something super filling, hearty, and comforting.

pork katsu curry cutlet with rice
although originally from Japan, curry katsu is popular in Thailand as well

The waiter asked me if I wanted the normal or the spicy curry. I went for spicy! A few minutes later, my meal arrived.

The curry itself was slightly spicy, but not overbearingly so (Japanese food isn't typically as spicy as other cuisines). The curry was full of chopped onions and carrots, and was rice, spicy, and sweet.

The katsu was breaded in Panko breadcrumbs and perfectly crunchy on the outside while maintaining the juiciness of the thick pork cutlet. I topped my rice with some optional provided pickled radish for a bit of sweetness and sourness to add to the complexity of the dish.

I ordered a set meal which also came with a cup of really nice miso soup full of chewy seaweed and soft cubes of tofu. The simple soup nicely complemented the very rich meal.

miso soup with seaweed and tofu
miso soup with seaweed and tofu


I ordered "Set B", which includes a huge portion of spicy curry and rice topped with an entire katsu cutlet. It also comes with a side of hot, delicious miso soup. The set cost 169 baht, which is reasonable for the amout of food you get.

You can see their menu and online delivery information on Linktree: Katsu Katsu - 勝つカツ 


Katsu Katsu is a tiny Japanese-style restaurant located on Bangkok's busy Ladphrao Road just across from Big C Extra. It's a short walk from BTS Phahonyothin Station. 

Katsu Katsu is located at 284 Lat Phrao Rd, Chom Phon, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900. See the map below for the exact location.

Delivery is also available on Robinhood, LINEMAN, and Grab Food.