Friday, September 08, 2017

Tonkatsu/Pork Cutlets

Non Halal

Tonkatsu is one of the most beloved “western style” Japanese foods in Japan. It is thinly pound pork chop breaded with flour, egg, and Panko (bread crumbs), then deep fried. Tonkatsu is almost always accompanied by thinly shredded cabbage, curry sauce or with thick brown Worcester-based sauce.
I’ve been craving for this cutlet since I came home from my month long vacation in Japan. So I decided to make some for our dinner a few weeks ago. I serve it with rice and broccoli instead of curry sauce or tonkatsu sauce. It’s not the healthiest food but rather comfort food for me.


4 slices of pork loin – each about 6 ounces
Salt and ground black pepper
3 tbsp of flour – for dredging
2 eggs – lightly beaten
2 cups of panko breadcrumbs

Accompaniment - optional

Some shredded cabbage
Some green veggie
Some rice

1. Removed any fats from the cutlet. Pound to flatten about ¼”. Salt and pepper on both sides of the cutlet. Dredge each in flour, tap to remove any excess flour. Ten dip into beaten eggs and press the cutlet into the breadcrumbs to coat on both sides.
2. Heat a large skillet; add some oil to for shallow fry the cutlets. Once the oil is hot, fry the cutlets until golden brown on both sides. It will take about 5-7 minutes. Make sure you turn them once or twice.
3. Once it is done, drain the cutlets on paper towels. Cut the cutlets into bite size strips.
4. Arrange the cutlets on a plate. You can serve it with shredded cabbage or like me with rice and veggie.

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