Sunday, January 18, 2009

Deep Fried Pork Cutlets (とんかつ)

とんかつ (prounced ton-ka-tsu) is a popular dish in Japan, not only because it is very easy to cook, but also because it is a nutritious and wholesome meal. Although there are many restaurants in Japan that specialize in this Deep Fried Pork Cutlets dish, it is also often served as a family meal at home.

I had some Japanese bread crumbs in the pantry and pork loin in the freezer, so I made the dish tonight. Instead of deep frying, I shallow fried in a pan.

とんかつ is served with とんかつ sauce drizzled on top. I made my own sauce, too (recipe included in the post). It added some tangy and sweet flavors.

Dinner included とんかつ and a side of veggies. The pork was crispy and juicy. Oishii!

I will say that although とんかつ is easy to prepare, it involves lots of dish washing and preparation. At the end, everything turned out delicious so I will definitely make it again!

とんかつ:

- 8 slices pork loin (cut to 1/3" thick) - I cut mine thinner because I like them crispy
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs (Japanese Bread Crumbs)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Oil for pan frying

1. Pound meat with back of the knife to tenderize.
2. Sprinkle salt and pepper on the pork.
3. Roll pork lightly on flour until coated, dip in beaten egg, and cover in panko.
4. Shallow fry pork in heated oil until it turns brown (make sure oil is hot).
5. Take out pork and put them on a paper towel to drain the oil.
6. Slice pork into smaller pieces.
7. Serve with warm rice and tonkatsu sauce.

とんかつ Sauce:
(makes about 1/4 cup)

- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 4 tsp rice wine
- 4 tsp soy sauce
- 4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 4 tsp sugar
- 4 tsp honey mustard
- 1/2 tsp ground allspice

1. In a small saucepan, combine everything except mustard and allspice. Cook over low heat, stirring, until the mixture is reduced about 20%. Add mustard and allspice. Cool and serve at room temperature.
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There are many ways to serve とんかつ. One of them is on top of miso noodle soup - exactly like what we had at a little Japanese restaurant in Oahu.

*For more pictures of とんかつ, click here.

1 comment:

  1. ohhh, I remember now! so that's what you ordered back in Hawaii last year. but i still think the pork one you whipped up the other day was much better than that one. more please.

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