Tonkatsu is one of the most popular Japanese deep-fried dishes.
It is normally served with shredded cabbage. Tonkatsu has a crispy texture. Tonkatsu sauce has thick savory and sweet flavors. Tonkatsu looks similar to breaded and deep-fried pork tenderloin in the United States. But Tonkatsu tastes very different from it.
Ingredients (2 plates):
- 2 cut of pork loin
- 1/5 of cabbage
- Vegetable oil (less volume than a half height of your deep-frying pan)
- 4 tablespoons of flour
- 1 egg
- 1 cup of *Panko
- 1 teaspoon of salt & pepper
- 2 tablespoons of *Japanese vegetable & fruit sauce (Tonkatsu sauce)
- Cooked rice for 2 people (If you like)
*Panko is bread crumbs.
*Japanese vegetable & fruit sauce (Tonkatsu sauce) is made of vegetables and fruits like tomatoes, onions, carrots, apples lemon, prunes and so on. It has sweet and sour flavors.
-> See picture A.
Here is how to make it at home. Cooking time is about 30 - 40 minutes.
- Shred cabbage. Preheat vegetable oil in a deep-frying pan with medium heat until the oil’s temperature is 170 degree Celsius (340 Fahrenheit).
- In the meanwhile, whisk an egg in a flat bottom container, put flour and *Panko in each different flat bottom containers. -> See picture B.
- Press the pork loin many times with back of the knife to flatten. Add salt and pepper on the pork loin.
- After the oil temperature is high enough, dip the pork loin in the flour, then in the egg, finally in the *Panko. Repeat it for 2 pork loin. -> See picture C.
- Put breaded pork loin in the deep-frying pan and deep-fry this side for about 3 minutes or until the breaded pork loin is brown. Flip over the pork loin and deep-fry for another 3 minutes or until it turns brown. -> See picture D. Remove from heat and leave for 1-2 minutes. Cut the pork cutlets into small pieces in order to eat them easily. (Cut them carefully, since the pork cutlets are hot.)
- Put the shredded cabbage, Tonkatsu, and cooked rice (if you like) in a plate. Add the Japanese vegetable & fruit sauce (Tonkatsu sauce) on top.