Monday, 1 August 2011


Tonkatsu (とんかつ) is a tremendously popular dish throughout Japan, particularly in Tokyo, where it was first created and named in the Ginza district in 1890. However, despite a Japanese name (ton: pork; katsu: cutlet) and history, its origins are actually considered to be Western.

It consists of a cut of pork, coated in seasoned panko breadcrumbs, sliced and served - usually atop shredded cabbage and alongside white rice.

It is often accompanied with tonkatsu sauce, a condiment so ubiquitous in Japan that it's become known as simply 'sauce'. This has its roots in English Worcestershire sauce, although it's a good deal thicker in Japan.

Such a popular dish is it, that there are no shortage of restaurants which serve only variations on tonkatsu. More often than not, whenever you see pictures of a Tokyo street by night, you'll spot the kana in neon, telling you where delicious tonkatsu can be found - see if you can spot one in the picture below.

Picture: Channel 4


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