Tonkatsu – A Kind Of Japanese Katsu-
This simple, easy to follow, short taking time – only more or less 20 minutes-, practical recipe of Tonkatsu will give you a nice, delicious and crispy Tonkatsu with fried pork cutlets and panko breadcrumbs for you and all of the members in your family at home. Do try!! Once you know how to make Tonkatsu at home, you will find out that it is not that difficult and it is as crispy and delicious as in the restaurants.
Japanese Food is quite popular around the world with many Japanese Restaurants offering and selling various kinds of Japanese dishes. One popular category is Katsu. Katsu itself means fried cutlet of meat or seafood. Two kinds of Katsu that are quite familiar are Chicken Katsu and Tonkatsu.
The difference between the two is the kind of meat used for each. Chiken Katsu like the name uses chicken chops while Tonkatsu uses crunchy fried pork covered with Japanese panko breadcrumbs and its special thick Tonkatsu sauce.
WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO TO MAKE YOUR OWN AND THE BEST TONKATSU AT HOME?
First of all, you need to have the ingredients for making TonKatsu such as pork cutlets, sufficient oil for deep frying, ground black pepper, salt, cornstarch, egg, Japanese Panko or regular breadcrumb, shredded cabbage and a bottle of Tonkatsu sauce.
There are things to pay attention to before making your own Tonkatsu at home. Firstly, try to buy Japanese panko that you can find at international food aisle in the supermarkets. It is recommended to use Japanese Panko because of its lighter texture than the other breadcrumbs.
Japanese Panko is going to be very crunchy after you deep fry them. But in case you can’t find Japanese Panko it is still possible to buy and use the regular breadcrumbs.
And then, the pork cutlets are deep-fried at 350 F to make them have very crunchy, light, airy texture. Panko breadcrumbs are dry enough, so there is no need to be scared of deep frying and the oil will not splatter. You just need to dry out the remaining oil of the pork cutlets on paper towels.
For the Tonkatsu sauce, you can either buy it at Asian or Japanese Restaurants or make it easily yourself at home. The Tonkatsu sauce needs ingredients such as soy sauce, ketchup, mirin, sugar and Worchestershire sauce.
HOW MANY CALORIES OF TONKATSU PER SERVING?
Tonkatsu has only 248 calories per serving.
WHAT MEALS TO SERVE WITH TONKATSU?
The nicest way to serve Tonkatsu is with a bowl of steamed white rice and some other meals such as Chicken Teriyaki, Shrimp Gyoza and Miso Soup can be served together with Tonkatsu for more complete Japanese Food and for more complete weekday lunch or weeknight dinner.
One delicious pair dish for Tonkatsu is Miso Soup. Miso Soup has its special miso paste and several other ingredients such as seaweed, tofu, dashi broth, dried kelp, bonito flakes, scallion, and some water. It takes only 5 minutes to prepare and another 5 minutes to cook Miso Soup, so altogether you need to spend only 10 minutes of your precious time to have Miso Soup at home.
Next, you just need to prepare the ingredients like 2 ½ – 3 tablespoons of white miso paste, 1 oz of soaked in warm water and dry out of dried-seaweed, 4 oz of chopped into pieces of silken tofu, 16 inch pieces of cleaned up of Japanese Kombu or dried kelp, 1 oz of dried and shaved of bonito flakes, 1 tablespoon of chopped scallion and 4 cups of water. Now, you are ready to cook Miso Soup.
First of all, the water and kombu are brought to a boil in a stock pot on medium heat. The kombu is removed and the bonito flakes are put into the stock pot and are simmered on low heat for 5 minutes. The foam and scums on the exterior are removed using a ladle.
Next, the dashi is strained through a fine sieve. It is forbidden to press the bonito flakes. Throw away the bonito flakes. The dashi is brought to a boil and the seaweed and tofu are added and they are cooked for more or less 3 minutes.
Finally, the heat is turned off and the Miso Paste is put into the soup. The soup is stirred with a pair of chopsticks until the Miso Paste totally melts. The scallion is put on top and you serve quickly the Miso Soup with Tonkatsu. Enjoy!!
COURSE : SIDE DISH
CUISINE : ASIAN (JAPANESE)
KEYWORD : TONKATSU RECIPE
PREP TIME : 10 MINUTES
COOK TIME : 10 MINUTES
TOTAL TIME : 20 MINUTES
SERVINGS : 3 PEOPLE
CALORIES : 248 CALORIES
- 2-3 of boneless pork cutlets
- Sufficient cooking oil for the deep frying
- ¼ cup of cornstarch
- Ground black pepper
- 1 cup of Japanese Panko or regular breadcrumbs
- 1 beaten of large egg
- Shredded cabbage
- Bottled Tonkatsu sauce
- Prepare a small pot and the cooking oil. The small pot of cooking oil is heated up for deep frying at 350 F.
- The Pork cutlets are cleaned up with cold water and they are pat-dried with paper towels and they are seasoned with black pepper and salt. The cornstarch, egg and Japanese Panko are arranged in three different containers, beside each other.
- A piece of the pork cutlets is coated or covered thinly with some cornstarch. The excess is shaken off. The pork cutlets are dipped into the egg, and quickly onto the Japanese Panko. The pork cutlets must be equally coated or covered with a layer of Japanese Panko. Set them aside for the deep frying. Just repeat the same process with the rest of the pork cutlets.
- The pork cutlets are deep-fried until they become golden brown. And then, they are removed using a strainer and move them to a plate lined with paper towels. The Tonkatsu is sliced into pieces and the Tonkatsu is served quickly with some shredded cabbage and Tonkatsu sauce.-