Steak doesn't have to be an expensive occasion. Japanese "tonteki" pork steak is served in a tangy Japanese sauce and topped with crispy fried garlic. Delicious with rice and shredded cabbage, this dish is quick, simple and easy on the wallet!
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What is "Tonteki"?
Tonteki is a steak dish, but instead of using beef, it uses pork chops. The pork chop is fried in a frying pan and then drizzled with a Japanese style sauce, then topped with crispy fried garlic. It's super easy to make and it's delicious! It's a perfect dinner for a week night when you don't want to spend lots of time in the kitchen.
The meaning of "Tonteki"
Tonteki is a combination of two words in Japanese. The "ton" part comes from the kanji for pig 豚. I'm sure you've seen this "ton" part in lots of other dishes such as tonkatsu (deep fried pork cutlet) and tonjiru (pork miso soup).
The "teki" part comes from the Japanese word for steak "sute-ki" ステーキ. So when you put them together, tonteki literally means "pork steak"!
Tonteki is especially famous as Yokkaichi's (Mie prefecture) regional dish. It is believed to have been invented post-WW2 time but it wasn't widely recongnised like it is today until 2000's.
In 2008, even a "Tonteki association" was formed in Yokkaichi.
Tonteki is pretty simple and is made up of four main things:
- Thick pork chop
- Dark, thick sauce
- Fried garlic
- Shredded cabbage
One of my favourite things about this recipe, is that we flavour the oil with slices of garlic. Not only that, but you fry the garlic until it becomes crisp like a chip and then put them on the steak at the end. It makes great taste and texture!
The garlic infused oil is then used to fry the pork chops AND make the steak sauce at the end, nothing is wasted in this recipe and it adds amazing flavour. Maybe you can try this method with other garlic sauces!
This recipe is simple, quick and packed with flavour. It only takes 20 minutes to prepare and cook so it's perfect for lunch or a midweek dinner. I hope you enjoy this Japanese Tonteki pork steak.