Crispy, Spicy and Satisfying Simplicity
Just before a game or a school test, the Japanese like to feast on tonkatsu, katsudon, or a variation of it because the word “katsu” is a homophone of the word katsu (勝つ), meaning “to win,” or “to be victorious,” “to overcome,” in Japanese. But, it seems it’s not just the Japanese who like “tonkatsu”. Everyone loves it.
Did you know that Tonkatsu, literally means pork-cutlet?
It’s a fillet or loin of pork that’s breaded and deep-fried. It is most often served with shredded cabbage and cutlet sauce, and rice. Originating in Japan, around the 1900s, it was considered Western food until Japanese chefs started serving it with shredded cabbage and Worcestershire sauce or tonkatsu sauce. However, some places still serve it yōshoku style, with the rice on a flat plate instead of a rice bowl and with demi-glace sauce instead of Worcestershire sauce. Here are the different varieties.