What is Tonkatsu?
Hello everyone ~ time for another blog! This week, we will be talking about Tonkatsu!! I’m excited for this one because I love Tonkatsu!! I don’t cook very often, but If I had the ability to cook, Tonkatsu would be one of the dishes that I’d prioritize in learning!
Anyways, let’s get straight into the topic so that we can learn all about Tonkatsu!
History of Tonkatsu
So what is Tonkatsu anyways? lets dissect the word to see what it means!
The word consists of two parts: Ton and Katsu. Ton means pork, and Katsu is Cutlet! Straightforward isn’t it? Put together, you get the infamous deep fried cutlet dish! Apparently, this dish goes waaay back in the 1800s in which some Japanese people wanted to copy the European cutlet dish, and they made a similar dish for their own country. Now they are everywhere and are found served not just by itself, but as ingredients of other dishes!
So, what does katsu consist of?
Although the dish itself may simple, there’s quite a lot that goes into the dish! First off, we need pork tenderloin. Second, we need flour in order to keep the Panko, aka bread crumbs to stick on the meat, after we put seasoning and dip it in beat eggs on the meat itself. Finally we deep fry it in ageyu ( deep fry oil), and you have yourself crunchy Tonkatsu!
So what are the different dishes that utilize Tonkatsu?
I may have mentioned earlier that there are many different dishes that use Tonkatsu nowadays! one of our Ten Sushi staff, TOMO has listed off some of her favorite variations that use Tonkatsu!
Firstly, we have Katsu Sando, aka Katsu Sandwich! Whoever invented this is a genius because sometimes, when you're feeling Tonkatsu on-the-go, this sandwich form Tonkatsu just works out perfectly!!
Katsu don is another famous one as you can find these everywhere, especially near train stations in Japan! They are great because you get the whole thing in bowl form! It really helps when you're in a rush, but you gotta grab something good before you head out!
Katsu Curry rice
This is yet another genius collaboration between two dishes that I absolutely love! When I first came across this dish, I was blown away by how perfectly the curry goes with the crunchy Katsu! I'm sure you can tell by looking at the picture, but the amount is usually ridiculous as well because its essentially two dishes in one!
Health benefits of Tonkatsu
Now you’d think that crunchy dish that has been deep fried to the point where there’d be no health benefits.. But you’re wrong! The lean pork that is used in katsu contains 9 different amino acids that we’ll be covering during our Katsu event! long story short, these are necessary for your body’s growth and maintenance!
Closing: Happy hour at Ten Sushi (and YouTube/SNS info!)
Finally, I’d like to make a shout out that we offer Tonkatsu dishes at Ten sushi! we have Pork Tonkatsu Bento for only $15.99, and Pork Tonkatsu One Piece for $5.99! If you’d like to check these out, you can come in to try some for yourself at one of our locations, or watch our girls try some during our event!
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