I love trying new and interesting recipes. Doesn't Tonkatsu sound exotic?? It was very easy to make and super tasty!
recipe adapted from Beyond Kimchee
(go visit for more information about the name Tonkatsu)
1/2 apple, chopped
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup Heinz 57 steak sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons corn syrup
1/4 cup flour
1 cup Panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
1 egg, beaten
2 pork cubed steaks
salt & pepper
2 tablespoons oil
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 thick and syrupy. Strain the sauce through a strainer pressing with spoon to get all the liquid. Discard the fruit and onion mixture (See note!!) You will have more sauce than needed for just 2 servings.
Place flour in a shallow bowl. Place egg in a second bowl. Place bread crumbs in a third bowl. Season both sides of pork with salt and pepper. Dip pork into flour, coating both sides. Then dip into egg mixture. Finally dip into bread crumbs, pressing to hold. Place coated pork on a plate with wax paper between and covering them. Chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour. (Crumbs will stick better when cooking.)
Place oil in pan and heat on medium heat. Place pork in pan and cook approximately 4 to 5 minutes on each side. Serve immediately with sauce drizzled over each serving.
Yield: 2 servings
- I changed the original recipe to only fry the meat once in a little oil, instead of deep frying twice.
- I strained the sauce, but could not bring myself to discard the apple/pineapple/onion mixture. It was too delicious. We ended up putting the mixture on top of our meat and eating it. It was like a fruit chutney meant to eaten with it.