Tonkatsu is a Japanese word used for deep-fried pork cutlet. Simply put, ‘Tonkatsu’ is a fried and breaded cutlet, usually of pork. To prepare it, the pork meat is coated with Japanese bread crumbs called panko as well as beaten eggs, and flour. The cooked meat is generally accompanied by raw cabbage (finely chopped), and a good amount of Bull dog sauce. In fact, Bull dog sauce is an indispensable condiment without which Tonkatsu is incomplete.
Bull Dog Tonkatsu sauce is prepared by cooking vegetables and fruits in boiling liquid and then mixing them with sugar, and salt, and blending all of them with different spices, and vinegar. To prepare it, ample quantity of tomatoes and apples are used, which makes the sauce thick and suitable for deep frying. The use of fruits and vegetables makes the sauce sweet and sour in taste and gives a refreshing taste to the meat thereby making it easy to eat.
Fruits and Vegetables: – Tomatoes, Onions, apples, carrots, prunes, lemon.
Spices: – Cinnamon, Fennel, Sage, Clove, Thyme, Allspice, Laurel, White Pepper, Red Pepper, Ginger
Vinegar: – For flavour and keeping the sauce bacteria-free.
Bull Dog Tonkatsu (Japanese Pork Cutlet) Recipe:
1: piece of Pork chop (serves one person). The no. of pork chop varies as per the number of persons.
2: Salt and pepper to taste
Flour, Egg, Panko (Japanese Bread Crumbs) – in fair quantity.
Bull Dog Sauce – in appropriate quantity
Frying Oil – enough for one pork cutlet
1) Seasoned the pork cutlet
2) Make several cuts on the lean and fatty part of the pork with a kitchen knife. This will help the meat from distorting during frying
3) Season both sides of the meat with salt and pepper. Dip both the sides in flour and remove excess flour. Then dip the meat in beaten egg.
4) Coat both the sides of the meat with Panko (bread crumbs). Press gently to ensure the bread crumbs are stuck to the meat completely.
5) Start the gas stove and pour oil in a frying pan to heat. When the oil is heated, put in the coated pork. Turn the pork after a few moments and fry it until brown. Touch with a chopstick to feel if it is crispy. Keep frying until the meat is crispy.
6) Remove the meat from the frying pan and let it cool.
7) Cut the fried meat into four pieces.
8) Garnish the pork with finely chopped cabbage and cherry tomato on a plate
9) Then drizzle Bull Dog Tonkatsu sauce all over the cooked meat.
10) Enjoy your preparation.