What is Tonkatsu?

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Tonkatsu is a dish where pork loin and fillets are breaded in flour, egg wash, and panko, fried, and then cut into slightly thick slices.

Tonkatsu (Fried Breaded Pork Cutlet)
Tonkatsu (Fried Breaded Pork Cutlet)

It is eaten with a special tonkatsu sauce. Tonkatsu is often garnished with shredded cabbage, and it can be seasoned to taste with lemon and mustard. It is also often served on top of curry rice or inside of sandwiches. Katsu-don, a dish where tonkatsu is served on top of rice along with onion and dashi-simmered egg, is also very popular.

A version of tonkatsu served with a miso sauce instead of tonkatsu sauce, known as “miso katsu,” is a regional specialty of Nagoya in Aichi Prefecture.