Katsudon (かつ丼) is surely the king of Donburi…at least to me!
What is Katsudon?
Katsudon is made of 4 main ingredients, it’s pretty simple.
- Pork cutlet
All in one bowl!
Tonkatsu is an word that combines the words, Tonkatsu (とんかつ) which means deep fried pork cutlet and Donburi (丼) meaning rice bowl. So the star of this dish is the cutlet!
The rice is warm and fluffy, the egg is sweet and melt in the mouth, the onions are soft and the katsu is still crispy! It’s the ultimate texture combination and there’s nothing really you can dislike about it!
What’s the difference between Tonkatsu and Katsudon?
Many people get these confused because they’re both dishes that serve a crispy pork cutlet with rice right?
The main differences are that tonkatsu is the pork cutlet served on a plate with shredded cabbage and rice on the side. It’s drizzled with a fruity tonkatsu sauce and if you order it ‘teishoku’ set meal style, it often comes with miso soup and some pickles too.
On the other hand, katsudon is served with the pork cutlet served in a bowl on top of the rice. The pork cutlet is cooked together with the egg, it doesn’t lose too much crispiness because the egg is not fully cooked. The katsu and egg are then placed on top of the rice. The sauce is mixed in with the egg, which is that part that holds the special katsudon flavour. Lastly it’s garnished with spring onions or nori.
So in the end, although they both contain “katsu”, the dishes are actually very different!
The Popularity of Katsudon
This dish is usually served in
- Soba restaurants
- Udon restaurants
- Bento shops
- Convenience stores…etc
I believe it’s one of the most liked dishes by Japanese people.
Let’s indulge yourself with this Katsudon!
Frequently Asked Questions
What does Katsudon mean?
Katsu means deep fried pork cutlet and Don means rice bowl. So together, it means deep fried pork cutlet rice bowl.
What’s the difference between tonkatsu and Katsudon?
Tonkatsu only refers to the deep fried pork cutlet, however, Katsudon refers to deep fried pork cutlet rice bowl as a dish.Print