Tonkatsu - Pork Chops the Japanese Way...  

DakR1972 44M   
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1/13/2006 11:53 am

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Tonkatsu - Pork Chops the Japanese Way...

Last night I made a Japanese meal for my daughter and I that I'd never tried before. Tonkatsu, also called fried pork. Yeah, yeah, I know, I'm supposed to be eating healthy, but believe me, this isn't bad. It's actually just one part of a whole meal that's good. Making it is simple enough. First you'll need some ingredients...

4 slices pork sirloin, 1/2 - 3/4 lb. each (about 1 inch thick)
1 egg, beaten
2 cups Panko (Japanese style bread crumbs)
1 cup flour
Peanut or canola oil for deep frying (I used lite vegetable oil)
Tonkatsu sauce or subsititute

Use your favorite steak sauce and mix with ketchup to sweeten. You can also mix in lemon juice, to add a touch of sourness. A-1 or 76 steak sauce, or even Worcestershire sauce alone, goes well, too.

Prep & Cooking time: about 1 hour

Servings: 4 (or so)

This recipe also works very well with beef, chicken, oysters, and large shrimps or prawns.

Here are the directions.

Tenderize the meat and flatten to about 1/2 inch thick. Season the pork with salt and pepper. Coat the meat with flour and shake off the excess. Dip the meat into the egg, then the panko on a platter. Chill the meat in the freezer for 20 minutes or in the refrigerator for 2 hours. (This chilling process gives the tonkatsu a crispy crust.) Deep-fry (350F) until each side is light to medium golden brown. Drain the oil well and serve.

In Japan a bowl of miso soup usually comes with this dish, and of course, rice, the staple food of Japan. Ittadakimasu!!

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