Hey guys, it's Yuto here @sudachi.recipes and today I'm going to show you how to make the ultimate sandwich, Japanese Katsu Sando.
What is Katsu Sando?
Katsu sando is basically your favourite "Tonkatsu" recipe in a sandwich. You've probably noticed that tonkatsu is always served with shredded cabbage, the sandwich is no different. Crispy fried katsu, with cabbage and sauce in a sandwich, it's a taste and texture sensation! (Of course, there are katsu sandwiches without cabbage too!)
Katsu sando is probably one of the most popular sandwiches in Japan. You can find it at convenience stores, supermarkets and it's especially popular in train stations. If you're travelling in Japan you should definitely try Katsu Sando!
Brief History of Katsu Sando
It is believed that Katsu Sando was invented in 1935 at a Tonkatsu restaurant called "Isen" in Tokyo. Apparently at that time, Geisha around area especially favoured the dish and the restaurant.
You might be wondering about "sando". In Japan, the word sandwich is pronounced "sandoicchi" (サンドイッチ). Japanese people often shorten or abbreviate words, especially foreign words! So sando is just a shortened version of ""sandoicchi".
But sando is not exclusively sandwiches made with bread. Sando can also mean cookies or cakes "sandwiched" together with a filling in the centre, often some kind of cream.
Japanese Mustard Mayo
Japanese mustard (known as "karashi" からし) is a strong, hot and slightly bitter kind of mustard. It is not as sour as regular mustard and mixed with mayonnaise gives it a milder and creamier taste. This sauce adds a delicious kick to a katsu sandwich.
Red Miso Sauce
Red miso is a regional specialty from Aichi Prefecture (specifically Okazaki, my hometown!). The company, Hacho Miso, is famous all over Japan for its red miso. Miso katsu is very popular here and a dish in it's own right, but it tastes delicious in a sandwich too.
Red miso is very rich. The sauce for the katsu sando is sweetened with honey and mirin. It has quite a strong taste but it really is delicious. You might have difficulty finding the real "Hacho Miso" online, but look for red miso and I'm sure you'll find it.
Other Famous Red Miso Dishes
If you're in Aichi prefecture, you can find plenty of delicious red miso dishes to enjoy. Here are some of the most popular ones.
- Miso Katsu
- Miso Nikomi Udon
- Miso Katsudon
- Miso Dengaku
I hope you love this crispy delicious katsu sando. Let us know your favourite sauce in the comments!