We’ve rattled on about Panko and their affordable lunch sets plus kushi sticks, this time we’re settling for a tiny peek into the life of Panko’s Head Chef Kazuma Ishikawa. Read on for his favourite tool, the one ingredient he can’t live without, and more!
Interesting fact about yourself: I come from a family with over 100 years of history as sushi chefs.
What would you be if you weren’t a chef: I’m not sure. Probably a sushi restaurateur like my family.
That’s still a chef, though? : Oh, right. laughs I can’t think of anything else though.
One ingredient you can’t live without: Fresh wasabi.
What’s a favourite tool of yours: My Japanese knife. I’ve had it for years and years.
Where did you work previously: After I first graduated from cooking school, I worked in a sushi restaurant in Nagoya for 12 years. Then I went overseas to Amsterdam and worked in Hotel Okura for 3 years. After that, I came to Singapore and worked under Chef Hide Yamamoto. That was the last restaurant before Panko.
Why did you switch from sushi to kushikatsu: I wanted to try something new. Have a fresh experience.
And there you have it, a sneak peek into the man behind the kitchen at Panko! Panko, as previously mentioned, is a kushikatsu restaurant under Unlisted that aims to serve the freshest kushi-sticks at affordable prices. It is, in fact, Unlisted Collection’s current lowest price point restaurant, offering kushi lunch sets at $17++. In addition, as you can tell, Chef Ishikawa is also no slouch at sushi, so do try their don sets!
Find it at 33 Arab Street, Singapore (199732)
Book a table at Panko and earn 2X Chope-Dollars with code TASTYBLOG.