Japanese pork tonkatsu is a traditional dish made up of breaded and fried pork cutlet. The juicy pork on the inside and the crispy, breaded outer coating creates a delicious meal that is hard to pass up!
Before Jacob and I leave on any adventure, I scour the web in search of all of the new foods I have to try while we're abroad. And being the foodie that I am, I always end up leaving with a mile-long list of foods I need to get my hands on. Unfortunately, I don't always get to try all of the food on my list. I mean, you can only eat so much food in less than a week! But, I guess I can finally try them when I make them for the blog, right? It's sort of the same thing...
When we left for Japan, there were obviously several foods I knew I needed to try like true, authentic Japanese ramen and steamed beef buns. But, there was one dish on the list that I knew I absolutely could not pass up while I was there: tonkatsu.
Tonkatsu is a traditional Japanese dish made up of juicy pork cutlet that is breaded and fried and served with shredded cabbage, rice, miso soup, and tsukemono (preserved veggies). And of course, you can't forget the tonkatsu sauce! Now, doesn't that sound amazing? Seriously, how could you pass something up like this?! There's a reason that dish was at the top of my list.
So, I'm going to be honest with you now...I actually never had the chance to try true the tonkatsu that I had my heart set on while we were in Japan. Sad day. BUT, I did get to try katsudon (fried pork cutlet served with egg, rice, and veggies) on our last day, which was close enough in my opinion.
Want to know the best part? We found the dish in the airport of all places! And, crazy enough, it was the BEST airport food I have ever had! Seriously. We loved it. And Jacob loved it so much that he's been asking me to make the dish ever since we got home a year ago! So I guess it's about time I kick it into gear and get this recipe up on the blog. I hope you like it as much as we do!
Try my Japanese Ramen with Chicken next!