I Enjoyed Rokkakai’s Hire-Katsu Sandwich Ekiben Bento

Today when I went shopping at a supermarket near my house, an “Ekiben (駅弁)” fair took place in it.

As the Japanese term Ekiben can be divided into 2 words “Eki (駅)” meaning station and “Ben (弁)” standing for Bento, Ekiben are boxed lunches sold in train stations in Japan.

The Ekiben fair is sometimes held in supermarkets and department stores around the country where popular Ekiben bentos from various places of Japan are usually lined up.

Kanda Rokkakai Hirekatsu (Tonkatsu) Sandwich Bento

Kanda Rokkakai Hirekatsu Sando Bento

The supermarket at which I shopped today stocked 7 or 8 different varieties of Ekiben bentos, from which I chose this Kanda Rokkakai’s Hire-Katsu Sando. The Tonkatsu sandwich cost me about 800 yen (about 7 USD).

For the unfamiliar, “Kanda Rokkakai (神田 六花界)” (Google Map) is a popular stand-up eating style Yakiniku bbq restaurant located in Kanda, Tokyo,

while “Hire-Katsu (ヒレカツ)” is a type of Tonkatsu consisting of a slice of pork fillet with a breadcrumb covering deep-fried in oil.

Hirekatsu is the highest grade Tonkatsu characterized by the fabulous combination of the tenderness of pork fillet and the pleasant crispiness of deep-fried bread crumb coating.

From the above, “Hirekatsu Sando (ヒレカツサンド)” is a type of Tonkatsu Sandwich made with pork fillet and white bread with the crust cut off.


When I opened the paper Bento box, the white stuff came into sight quickly, which is a wet paper towel for wiping hands clean.

Taking it off, I saw the Wasabi grated Japanese horseradish accompanied with the 4 pieces of Tonkatsu Sandwiches, though Tonkatsu is typically eaten with Karashi mustard in Japan.

The Hire-Katsu slice was pretty thick and seasoned with a savory miso sauce in place of Tonkatsu sauce.

I enjoyed the Hirekatsu Sandwich with the green paste of Wasabi, which gave the food a little bit pungent appetizing effect.


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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