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Tonkatsu or Japanese Pork Schnitzel

>>>Tonkatsu or Japanese Pork Schnitzel
Tonkatsu may have an exotic name but it will be a familiar concept to most people, it is essentially a breaded pork schnitzel served with cabbage salad.

It is hard to believe that this dish is Japanese, in fact Tonkatsu has definite European leanings and lets face it, it is a pork schnitzel in all but name, but a schnitzel with the glorious flavours of Japan. Come to think of it this is the first Japanese recipe I have put up on Krumpli which is odd because I love Japanese food but I have to admit I find it very intimidating, you see I believe that the Japanese make the most beautiful food that anyone  ever puts on a plate. Of course it tastes wonderful and I am fairly confident with my flavours for traditional Japanese food (of which of course this is not), but the thought of putting Japanese food on a plate and have it not look like a work of art would be doing it a disservice.

I wish I could remember where I got my Tonkatsu sauce recipe from and give it name check as it is delicious and so simple and if I was honest gets a run out on many more things than my Japanese pork schnitzel, a traditional sauce is incredibly complex and takes many hours to make, this take minutes and is delicious. I did float around on the web to try and find my original source and fell short however it would seem that this recipe or fairly similar versions of this are pretty par for the course.

 

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Tonkatsu or Japanese Pork Schnitzel

Tonkatsu may have an exotic name but it will be a familiar concept to most people, it is essentially a breaded pork schnitzel served with cabbage salad.

Cuisine Japanese
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 2
Author Brian Jones

Ingredients

For the Tonkatsu

  • 350 g Pork Loin. This should be two slices cut approximately 1.5 cm thick on the diagonal across the loin.
  • 50ml Light Soy Sauce.
  • 50ml Mirin.
  • 1 Garlic Clove. Crushed.
  • 1 Egg. Lightly beaten.
  • 1 Tbsp Spring Onion. Finely Chopped.
  • Cooking Oil. For shallow frying.
  • Black Pepper. Good grind.
  • 35 g Bread Crumbs. Approximate weight, but you need enough to coat.

For the Cabbage Salad

  • 250 g White Cabbage. Sliced as fine as you can, I use a 1.5mm attachment on a mandolin.
  • 1 Tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar.
  • 2 Tsp Light Soy Sauce.
  • 2 Tsp Sugar.
  • 1 Tsp Sesame Oil.

For the Tonkatsu Sauce.

  • 1 Tbsp Tomato Ketchup.
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce.
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Oyster Sauce.
  • 1 Tsp Sugar.

Instructions

For the Tonkatsu

  1. Mix the soy, mirin, garlic and black pepper in a bowl and add the pork, allow to marinade for 30 minutes.

  2. Mix together the egg spring onion and then dip the pork loin in to this mix and then into the bread crumbs to coat. Refrigerate and allow to firm up for at least 30 minutes.

  3. Heat the cooking oil around 1cm to 1.5cm deep in a pan big enough to hold the tonkatsu to 170° and shallow fry on both sides until golden, this should take no more than 4 minutes per side. Transfer to some kitchen roll to remove excess oil.

For the Cabbage Salad.

  1. Mix together the rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, sugar and sesame oil.

  2. When the cabbage is freshly shredded plunge in ice cold water to preserve the crunch before draining and drying as much as possible.

  3. Dress the cabbage no more than 2 minutes before serving.

For the Tonkatsu Sauce

  1. Simply mix together all of the ingredients and serve over the pork when cooked.

Recipe Notes

Whilst this recipe says it takes an hour and 10 minutes, an hour of that is marinading and resting... So you will spend maybe 20 minutes in the kitchen in total.
Tonkatsu may have an exotic name but it will be a familiar concept to most people, it is essentially a breaded pork schnitzel served with cabbage salad.
Tonkatsu may have an exotic name but it will be a familiar concept to most people, it is essentially a breaded pork schnitzel served with cabbage salad.
2017-07-09T17:55:42+00:00

10 Comments

  1. Laura | Wandercooks April 7, 2017 at 5:23 am - Reply

    Japanese food is our all time favourite to eat and to cook, but for some reason we haven’t yet tried to make tonkatsu. It’s so yum too, so that definitely needs to change. Can’t wait to give your recipe a try! (Also, love your photography, your tonkatsu looks super delish!)

  2. Elizabeth @ SugarHero.com April 7, 2017 at 6:00 am - Reply

    Wow, this sounds fantastic! I admit I’ve never tried it before, but I love anything schnitzel, so I’m sure I’ll adore it.

    • Brian Jones April 10, 2017 at 3:22 pm - Reply

      It should be very familiar to you, just slightly different accompanying flavours.

  3. Pretty April 7, 2017 at 6:21 am - Reply

    your pork schnitzel looks good! love the Japanese twist!

  4. Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry April 7, 2017 at 8:30 am - Reply

    This looks like it is family friendly and totally delicious. Love the Japanese twist on a German dish

    • Brian Jones April 10, 2017 at 3:22 pm - Reply

      I guess, I am rather childish and I love it so all children must like it right?

  5. I’ve seen this delicious dish in loads of restaurants, but I’ve never thought about making it myself. Now I know how simple it is to make, I’m going to give it a try!

    • Brian Jones April 10, 2017 at 3:23 pm - Reply

      It really is stupidly simple, the sauce is a bit of a simplification on the sauce but it works, is close and really really good.

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