Recipe Katsu Don

Katsu Don, a popular Japanese dish, combines a crispy pork cutlet (tonkatsu) with a savory, slightly sweet egg and onion mixture, served over a bowl of steamed rice. This dish is beloved for its hearty and comforting flavors, making it a staple in Japanese home cooking and restaurants alike.

Ingredients

For the Tonkatsu (Pork Cutlet)

  • 2 boneless pork chops (about 150-200g each)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

For the Katsu Don Sauce and Topping

  • 1/2 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup dashi stock (or water mixed with dashi powder)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups steamed white rice
  • Green onions or mitsuba (Japanese parsley) for garnish

Instructions

Preparing the Tonkatsu

  1. Prepare the Pork: Season both sides of the pork chops with salt and pepper.
  2. Dredge the Pork: Coat each pork chop in flour, dip in the beaten egg, and then coat evenly with panko breadcrumbs.
  3. Fry the Pork: Heat vegetable oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Once hot, fry the pork chops until golden brown and crispy on both sides, about 3-4 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels and slice into strips.

Preparing the Katsu Don

  1. Cook the Onions: In a separate pan, bring the dashi stock, soy sauce, mirin, and sugar to a boil. Add the sliced onions and simmer until they are soft.
  2. Add the Tonkatsu: Place the sliced tonkatsu on top of the simmering onions.
  3. Add the Eggs: Pour the beaten eggs over the tonkatsu and onions. Cover the pan and cook until the eggs are just set but still slightly runny, about 1-2 minutes.

Serving

  1. Prepare the Rice: Divide the steamed rice into two bowls.
  2. Assemble the Dish: Gently slide the tonkatsu, eggs, and onions over the rice.
  3. Garnish: Sprinkle with chopped green onions or mitsuba.

Tips

  • Tonkatsu Preparation: For extra crispy tonkatsu, double fry the pork. Fry it once until lightly golden, let it rest for a few minutes, and fry it again until deeply golden and crispy.
  • Eggs: Do not overcook the eggs; they should remain slightly runny to blend well with the rice.
  • Dashi: For a richer flavor, use homemade dashi instead of instant.

Variations

  • Chicken Katsu Don: Substitute the pork cutlet with chicken breast or thigh for a lighter version.
  • Vegetarian Katsu Don: Use tofu or a plant-based cutlet in place of the pork.
  • Spicy Katsu Don: Add a bit of chili sauce or powder to the dashi mixture for a spicy kick.

Nutritional Information (Per Serving)

  • Calories: Approximately 700 kcal
  • Protein: 32g
  • Fat: 25g
  • Carbohydrates: 85g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sodium: 1500mg

Conclusion

Katsu Don is a delightful and satisfying meal that brings together the crispy texture of tonkatsu with the savory and slightly sweet egg and onion topping, all nestled over a bed of fluffy steamed rice. This recipe is straightforward yet delivers a complex and comforting flavor profile, making it a perfect dish for both novice and experienced cooks. With variations to suit different dietary preferences, Katsu Don can be enjoyed by everyone.

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