Monday, July 27, 2009

Cheese Tonkatsu - Pork Cutlets

Rad`s favorite Japanese dish is Tonkatsu (豚カツ). Ton (豚)means pork and katsu (カツ) is the Katakana for "cut", thus, the name.

We have always bought our tonkatsu from our neighbor Bento store who made such a mean tonkatsu bento and at the Hotto Motto along with "kare". He had always seemed so content with just buying it whenever he feels the craving that I have never went on to make one for him myself. I was supposed to surprise him with a tonkatsu bento for his trip to Nagano tomorrow but I couldn`t wait so we had it for dinner tonight. My taste buds are shouting for cheese so tonkatsu with cheese it is.

  • Pork Chops (pork loin or fillet)
  • Cheese
  • pepper
  • salt
  • flour
  • egg, beaten
  • bread crumbs, "panko"

Prepare the flour, egg and bread crumps in three separate dishes or containers. Cut the pork at the side to create a pocket to insert the cheese in. Sprinkle pepper on the inside of the cutlet then insert the cheese. Put pepper and/or salt on the cutlet. Coat the cutlet lightly with flour then dip in beaten egg. Finally coat the pork with panko or breadcrumbs and pat it lightly. Heat the oil and wait for it to be about 150-160C before putting the pork. Cook one side till they are golden brown then turn to cook the other side. Serve with your favorite sauce (steak sauce, ketchup, etc.) and some vegetables (usually fresh shredded cabbage).

Be careful not to make the oil too hot or it might cook or even burn the coating immediately and end up with the pork not cooked at all. The amount of pepper or salt depends on personal tastes so you can just pepper it or go easy.

So, Mangantayon!


Chow and Chatter said...

wow i love the sound of this, cheesy yum

the ungourmet said...

This certainly does looks delicious!

Keithgarrick said...

That sound interesting. I may have to try that one,Thanx

Keithgarrick said...

Thanx, I may have to try this one out

Enchie said...

I like this recipe. This is my kind of Tonkatsu :)

mafe said...

question: where did you get your veggies?i mean did you make them yourself or did they come from a package?wehehe...yummy looking tonkatsu by the way!

MaRyA said...

@chow and chatter, ungourmet, keithgarrick, enchie -- thanks guys. this one is a winner for me who is always trying to find and do simple recipes.

@mafe - hehehe it came from a frozen veggie package. just had it buttered. There are only two mouths to feed and thats more convenient hehehe you know me... whatever works easier!

Manang Kim said...

wow this does looks like so yummy. i will try this one too. thanks for sharing.

Manong said...

A whole day-off at last! But it does not mean rest day since I got other business to do at the cityhall tsk...

Coincidence maybe but Yuki's fave combo is curry rice top with tonkatsu. I love to add steamed brocolli and sauted onion rings on the side. Hopefully one of these days, we can stop-over again and try your cheese tonkatsu. Looks yummy!

Ala, nangankayon?

Snooky doodle said...

this looks delicious! wish I could grab it :)

Airo said...

Can we taste your cheese tonkatsu when we get there mam???? hehehehe

MaRyA said...

@manang kim - thanks for the add manang.

@manong - you are always welcome to our house. but wala pa ring tatalo sa luto ni manang!

@snookydoodle -- go ahead! LOL

@airo - sure! ton ano?