Tonkatsu is a Japanese pork cutlet for those of you who are wondering how that made it through spell check. Don't ask me how to pronounce it... Just come in and get the recipe!
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From Beyond Kimchee
For the pork:
- ¾ lb pork cutlet slices, ⅜" thick each, gently pounded
- salt and pepper to season
- 8 slices of white bread, or 2 cups Panko crumbs
- ½ cup flour
- 3 eggs
- Oil for frying
For the Tonkatsu sauce:
- ⅓ cup soy sauce
- ¼ cup steak sauce, I use Heinz 57
- ½ apple, chopped
- ½ small onion, chopped
- ½ can of 8 oz canned crushed pineapple and their juice
- 1T Worcestershire sauce
- 3T brown sugar
- 2T corn syrup
For the sauce:
Combine all the ingredients in a sauce pan over medium heat. Boil and simmer over low heat for about 20 minutes until it gets thickened and syrupy. Strain the sauce in the strainer pressing with spoon to get all the juice. Discard the filling and keep the sauce in the fridge until ready to use.
For the pork:
Season the pork slices with salt and pepper, set aside.
Cut off the crusts of white bread slices. Place them in the food processor and pulse a few times to get the coarse crumbs. Transfer the crumbs into shallow bowl.
Beat eggs in the shallow bowl and pour some flour into a plate as well.
Coat the pork slices with flour, egg, and bread crumbs. Stack them together on a plate and cover them with plastic wrap. Chill them for at least 1 hr.
For frying, Heat oil over medium heat, about 170 C. Test with a piece of bread crumbs to see if it bubbles up right away. Drop the pork slices and fry for 1-2 minutes each side. Transfer the meat on to wire rack. Fry again for the second time, only 30 seconds to 1- minutes on each side until they get nicely browned all over. Rest them on the rack.
Drizzle with Tonkatsu sauce over and serve immediately.
If you're wondering why I put this post in the Quick Dinner Fixins category, it's because it really does come together quickly. There is a little thinking ahead and prep work that you will need to do, like making the sauce and breading the pork ahead of time, but it comes together in less then 5 minutes once you are actually ready for supper.
I served this Tonkatsu with rice and an Asian slaw and the kicker, the BF liked it! I totally wouldn't tell him what was in the sauce because he would have never tried it, but without knowing, he loved it. Win!