One of my all time favorites, and go-to recipes! A juicy pork fillet breaded and fried in panko crumbs.
I absolutely love tonkatsu! It's a quite simple meal to make and serve as well. Its good if you want to impress but not spend too much time on it as well. While its usually served with a side of cabbage, I like to serve it with a side of rice too. Some other common sides are potato salad, takuan (picked radish) or other pickles, miso soup, or slices of tomato.
What is the sauce on top?
The dark sauce on top is similar to Worcestershire sauce, but much thicker and more flavorful. The most popular brand is the Bulldog brand sauce and is commonly referred to by this name. You can find the sauce at a local Asian supermarket or here. There is a sauce by Kikkoman which you can find sometimes at your regular grocery store or here. BBQ sauce also works well if you don't like the taste of Bulldog Sauce, or you don't have any.
You can also make your own Bulldog sauce or tonkatsu sauce!
Here's a recipe courtesy of Just One Cookbook.
Tonkatsu is a great base to other delicious dishes like tonkatsu curry, katsudon (tonkatsu with egg over rice) or a simple katsu sandwich. You can also use chicken, if you don't like pork.