From that first bite, golden and crispy on the outside yet moist and tender on the inside, tonkatsu, a Japanese deep-fried pork cutlet, is even an instant favorite among people trying this popular dish for the very first time. A thick pork cutlet, breaded with panko and fried to perfection. Pair that with a rich and sumptuous Japanese curry and you have a dish that few people are able to resist. Tonkatsu was created in Japan in 1899 and was considered a type of yoshoku, a Japanese version of European cuisine. Often eaten with tonkatsu sauce, a brown smokey flavored sweet sauce, and a serving of thinly shredded cabbage, tonkatsu can be served either with rice or on bread as a sandwich.
Japanese curry, although introduced to Japan during the Meiji era (1868 – 1912) by the British, has little similarities with its original Indian counterpart. Japanese curry has changed over time and developed in a rich mild curry that has become so widely consumed that it has become a national dish since its introduction. Using a variety of ingredients such as onions, carrots and potatoes as well as meat and vegetables and using a roux base to create this curry, make it stand out from its counterparts. Being not so spicy means that everybody from young to old are able to enjoy this mild curry. Serve it together with a crispy fried tonkatsu and you have a dish that have people coming back for more. Sign up for our cooking class today and learn how to make this delicious combo from the comfort of your own home!