Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Donkatsu

donkatsu

Dinner tonight was donkatsu, which is basically Japanese for pork cutlet crusted in panko. I picked up a package of pork specifically labeled for donkatsu at my local Korean supermarket, but usually I buy thin boneless chops. And you will know I'm Korean by the way I dress my cabbage (i.e. the high-brow combo of mayo and ketchup). The piece of pork is petite, but it was one of those "one is not enough, but two is too much" dilemmas that befall those who prepare meals for themselves. Luckily, I am fanatical about cabbage, so got carried away with a second helping and ended up barely cleaning my plate.

This dish is something I can eat at any given moment, though without the awesome sauce, it's almost not worth it. Making donkatsu at home is much more satisfying than eating it at a restaurant (unless you go to a specialty joint) because most likely the pork will be more substantial and it's straight from the pan. Lukewarm or tough fried foods are terribly depressing, no?

7 comments:

Mary said...

This looks delicious, Marie, I'm familiar with this dish and yours looks and sounds wonderful.

yutjangsah said...

Im one of them koreans that grew up under a health fanatic parent so no fried foods including donkatsu. Poor me. I will have to try this one day.

Joshua said...

Katsu is wonderful. Though I would personally stay away from the mayo!

toni said...

I'm not familiar with this dish, but it looks scrumptious. Wish you had included instructions as to how to make it! Dipped in egg first? What's the sauce on the donkatsu?

Marie said...

Mary: Thanks! I love reading your blog because of all the dishes that I'm NOT familiar with! :)

Yutjangsah: This is so sad, poor Yutz! Let me know if you ever want to eat donkatsu together in Ktown.

Joshua: But, mayo is wondrous! Considering you didn't go on and on about the horrors of mayo, is it safe to assume you would abstain for health reasons? :)

Toni: Oh, super easy! Yup, dip in egg and then coat with crumbs. The sauce is just literally called donkatsu sauce and available in Asian markets (and perhaps some regular grocery stores as well) and could be described as a cousin of Worchestershire sauce.

Mary P. said...

The first time I ever ate this was at your house, Marie! Your mom prepared it for us and it was love at first bite!

Marie said...

Mary: Aw, really? I don't recall, but how sweet! We will break bread together again soon, sister!