Another Japanese classic!
Probably most Japanese mums know how to cook katsu and I will show you how to make it in your own kitchen today.
What is Tonkatsu?
The word “Katsu” is actually just short for “Cutlet” , and there are many variations of the dish such as
- Tonkatsu（とんかつ）: Pork Cutlet
- Chikinkatsu（チキンかつ）: Chicken Cutlet
- Gyuukatsu（牛かつ）: Beef Cutlet
- Katsu Kare（カツカレー）Cutlet with curry and rice
- Katsu Don（かつ丼）Cutlet with egg rice bowl
- Katsu Sando（カツサンド）: Pork Cutlet Sandwich
Tonkatsu（とんかつ）is pretty similar to German Wiener Schnitzel.
A Brief History of Tonkatsu
The name “Tonkatsu（とんかつ）” comes from “Ton” (meaning ‘pork’ in Japanese) and French “côtelettes” which means cutlet.
The dish was first seen in 1899. The history of the dish is still not very clear but as the name suggests, it was probably inspired by French cuisine.
Now we eat Katsu at home or at restaurants, diners, etc. It has become one of the most loved dishes in Japan, and I bet you will love it too.
Let’s make perfectly crispy Katsu with this hassle-free recipe, enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions About Tonkatsu
What is the difference between tonkatsu and Tonkotsu?
There is only one letter difference, but they are completely different things.
- Tonkatsu = Deep fried pork cutlet
- Taonkotsu = Broth made from pork bones (Typically used for ramen soup)
What is tonkatsu sauce made of?
In my recipe, I use:
- Worcestershire sauce
- Tomato ketchup
- Soy sauce
- White sesame seeds
Why is it called Katsu?
It is believed that the name literally comes from “Cutlet”
How do you eat pork katsu?
It is mostly served as Teishoku style (Bowl of rice, miso soup, shredded cabbages, pickles) or as donburi (Katsudon)
What is tonkatsu sauce called?
In Japanese, it’s called “とんかつソース” It literally means “Tonkatsu sauce”
What is chicken katsu?
Chicken katsu is a panko breaded, deep-fried chicken instead of pork (Tonkatsu). Chicken thigh is mostly used for Chicken katsu.
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