Roscoe's Chicken N' Waffles is one of the most iconic culinary institutions in LA – something that was so uniquely associated with downtown when I was growing up. Nowadays you can find chicken and waffles on any self-respecting brunch menu in pretty much any town, but back in the 90s it was still an oxymoron for people. Why chicken? With waffles? It's a dish that can't make up its mind about being breakfast food or a dinner meal...
But I always saw the beauty in this union – mainly because of the whole new world of SAUCES it opened up. Instead of just maple syrup on waffles, or gravy on chicken, you can have both! And more!
Just like with Chinese food, Koreans have a set menu of Japanese they love and have co-opted as their own. Donkatsu is a spin on the Japanese tonkatsu – aka fried pork cutlet, aka schnitzel, aka chicken fried chicken (see how good food pervades all cultures?). The differences between the two manifests mainly through the donkatsu sauce and the accoutrements: usually a coleslaw with mayo dressing, crunchy radish kimchi (kkakdugi), and something pickled.
Pork N' Waffles
Korean-Japanese Donkatsu (crispy pork cutlet)
Kimchi Scallion Waffles
Sambal Maple Syrup
Sides: Kkakdugi (radish kimchi), soy pickled peppers, Asian chive coleslaw