Kitchen Tips

Why You’ll Want To Add Tonkatsu Sauce To Everything

Japan’s answer to barbecue sauce, tonkatsu sauce gets its sweet, tangy flavour from a mix of fruits, vegetables, vinegar, sugar and spices – think of it as a thicker, richer, more flavourful version of English Worcestershire sauce. You can use this authentic Japanese condiment to add a sweet kick to classic pork katsu cutlets or get creative with tonkatsu sauce by adding a Japanese accent to your favourite burgers, ribs and hotdogs.

Classic match

Your first port of call when experimenting with tonkatsu sauce should be the classic Japanese dish of tonkatsu pork. Take a golden, panko-crumbed pork steak, drizzle it with tonkatsu sauce and serve with a crunchy cabbage slaw and you have one of Japan’s favourite meals. Some cooks like to serve it with a dab of hot English mustard on the side for a hit of sinus-clearing heat.


Once you’ve mastered the classic tonkatsu, why not try:
• Substituting chicken breast for the pork to create a crowd-pleasing chicken katsu
• Sandwiching your crumbed pork or chicken, tonkatsu sauce and shredded cabbage between slices of pillowy white bread to make a mouthwatering tonkatsu sandwich (read all about the Japanese katsu trend here)
• Slicing your katsu and serving with steamed rice, Japanese curry sauce and pickled ginger for a warming dish of katsu curry, drizzled with tonkatsu sauce


Creative combinations

Keep a bottle of tonkatsu sauce handy to add sweet-savoury Japanese flavour to a range of snacks and barbecued meats.

• Make Japanese-style burgers by topping your beef patties with crispy bacon, shredded cabbage and carrot, Kewpie mayonnaise and a dollop of tonkatsu sauce
• Give your hotdog a Japanese twist by topping with tonkatsu sauce, Kewpie mayonnaise, toasted sesame seeds and slivers of nori seaweed
• Marinate pork ribs in tonkatsu sauce then chargrill until tender

For more Japanese inspiration get creative with Japanese curry paste.

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