Korokke, the equivalent of the French croquette, is a Japanese comfort food that has evolved beyond its Western roots. Nowadays, korokke is a popular street food and snack that can be found in supermarkets and convenience stores all across Japan. While traditionally made out of potatoes that are mixed with a variety of things such as meat, vegetables, and seafood you can find all types of korokke that are popping up as Japanese cooks experiment with the limits of korokke. Here is a list of some of the most popular options that are available today where you can get some of this tasty snack.
Source: tokyostory.net1. Rakuman
Rakuman is a definite must try if you want to get the best korokke that Tokyo has to offer. Specializing in bentos, Rakuman also happens to make some of the most delicious korokke available. Made fresh every day, without any extra additives and preservatives, the korokke here is sure to be on a whole other level than your average convenience store korokke. Having been featured on various gourmet shows that spotlight korokke, the food here at Rakuman is always in high demand. With seasonal and classic flavors you can be sure that there is a korokke for everyone at Rakuman.
Source: tablelog.com2. Katsukura
Katsukura is a chain restaurant that can be found all over Japan and is well known for its tonkatsu, but its korokke is also something that is definitely worth a try. With locations sprinkled all over Tokyo and reasonable prices, you should consider eating here when you get the chance. However, if you’re just looking to try some korokke, Katsukura is a bit pricier than most of the entries on this list due to the fact that their korokke comes as part of a meal. Though in the context of the whole meal, it is definitely worth to order the korokke with the meal as they go perfectly together.
Claiming to be the first place to have made korokke in Japan, Choushiya is definitely worth the visit to taste the history of Japanese croquettes. Established in 1927, Choushiya is one of the oldest establishments in Tokyo that offer korokke. Known to attract lines of people during the lunch rush and frequented by local kabuki actors, don’t be surprised if when you get there you might find a bit of a wait. Serving up the same recipe since its establishment, you’ll be getting a taste of history when you bite into Choushiya’s korokke.
Specializing in surimi (fish paste products), you wouldn’t expect to find korokke at Goto. With an assortment of seafood products, you would easily overlook Goto while looking for a snack, but here you’ll be able to get one of Tokyo most unique foods. At Goto’s, they offer oden korokke which combines the Japanese one-pot dish oden and korokke to create a one of a kind food. This out of the ordinary food seems to capture the dashi flavoring in the potato casing of korokke. Having been featured on various Japanese programs, this small shop has gained some notoriety since its creation of the oden korokke so don’t be surprised if you see people lined up to get a piece of this unique korokke.
If you are looking for something a bit more healthy than your average korokke the check out Yoshiya’s korokke. Their signature mahou korokke, or magic korokke, is made with Kyoto-style techniques that refrain from using meat and alcohol. Made of potatoes that are cooked to replicate the taste of sukiyaki, these korokke are so close to the real thing that you won’t believe that there is no meat in them. If you’re looking for something meatier then make sure to get their tofu korokke which is made with tofu and chicken. Made to perfection, each one is so sweet and light that you won’t think twice about getting seconds.
Francisco is a student who is currently studying abroad in Japan. He enjoys walking around the streets of Tokyo and discovering great places to eat.