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Easy "Tonteki" Japanese Pork Steak (トンテキ)

  • Author: Yuto Omura
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 portions 1x


How to make quick, easy and delicious "Tonteki" Japanese Pork Steak with crispy garlic chips and a tangy homemade sauce.


  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 Pork Chops (about 230g total)
  • Pinch of Salt and Pepper
  • 100g (1½ cups) Shredded White Cabbage



  1. First, heat up a frying pan on a medium low heat and add 2 tbsp of olive oil.
    heat olive oil on medium heat
  2. Cut your 3 garlic cloves into slices and add them to the pan.
    chopping garlic slices
  3. Fry until golden and crispy, the garlic will also flavour the oil.
    Crispy garlic slices
  4. Scoop the garlic chips out of the pan and place onto a paper towel to allow the excess oil to drain off. Try and leave as much oil in the pan as possible because we're going to use it again.
    scooping up the garlic
  5. Take your pork chops and cut 3 or 4 incisions on the fatty edge of the meat. This is to stop it curling when cooking.
    making incisions on the pork
  6. Sprinkle both sides with a pinch of salt and pepper and then add them to the pan.
    sprinkle salt and pepper on the pork
  7. Put the lid on and fry for 3 minutes on a medium heat.
    pork chops in the frying pan
  8. After 3 minutes, turn down the heat and flip the pork chops over. Continue to cook for 3 minutes, again with the lid on. (You might need a few minutes extra if your pork chops are particularly thick)
    flip the pork chops
  9. Transfer the pork chops to a warm plate and cover with foil to let them rest and keep them warm.
    cover the pork in foil
  10. In the same pan, add 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce, 1 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp mirin, 1 tsp honey and 1 tsp butter.
    add the sauces to the pan
  11. Simmer on a low heat and keep stirring. Cook until thickened and a little syrupy.
    cook the sauce until thickened
  12. Pile up your shredded cabbage on the sides of two plates.
    put cabbage on the plate
  13. As tonteki is usually eaten with chopsticks, it's common to cut the pork steak into easy to pick up strips before placing it on the plate. This is optional though.
  14. Place the tonteki steaks next to the cabbage on each plate.
    put the pork next to the cabbage
  15. Drizzle the sauce from the pan generously over the pork chops (you can also drizzle it over the cabbage and use it as a salad dressing)
    drizzle tonteki with sauce
  16. Top the tonteki with garlic chips.
    sprinkle garlic chips over the tonteki
  17. Serve with rice, miso soup and pickles (Japanese style) or your favourite steak sides.
  18. Enjoy!
    cutting tonteki


The pork chop cooking time is an estimate and may vary depending on the thickness of the meat.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Category: Meat
  • Method: Fry
  • Cuisine: Japanese

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