After opening his 19th restaurant Charcoal-Grill & Salad Bar Keisuke at Paya Lebar Square, ramen king Keisuke Takeda is back with yet another eatery in the same mall. This time, it’s a katsu concept called Shiokoji Tonkatsu Keisuke, which is opening on November 13 and offers deep-fried panko-coated pork (tonkatsu) marinated with shio koji, a Japanese seasoning that is made with fermented rice, salt and water.

As the enzymes in shio koji break down proteins, it’s typically used by Japanese chefs to tenderise meat. Its distinctive umami funk also enhances the food’s flavour, and the fermented seasoning is said to aid digestion and boost the immune system.

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