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)
- 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.