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Oct. 25th, 2017 @ 06:20 pm Miso Katsu
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When in Japan, one of my favourite things to eat is the tonkatsu: a fried breaded pork cutlet. On it’s own, it’s quite tasty: we’ve eaten quite a few times in the KYK tonkatsu restaurant at Kyoto station. They serve the tonkatsu with miso soup, rice and cabbage — and you can get free refills of those three too. But it also makes a perfect set-piece for a more complex meal, like the katsudon (tonkatsu gratinated with an egg on top of rice) or katsu-curry (tonkatsu with rice and the Japanese-style curry) — all very tasty!

Last time we were in Japan, we had lunch at a tonkatsu place. Their speciality was miso katsu: a tonkatsu with a special miso sauce. I really like the taste of miso, so I took a chance. It was amazingly good! The rich miso taste really complements the taste of the tonkatsu very nicely, and I was an instant fan.

So when we were making our menu, I looked up a recipe for miso katsu, and I found one — and it’s quite simple, and we had everything needed in our cupboards! We did ‘cheat’ and got a wiener schnitzel instead of making our own tonkatsu. We used white miso the first time, but for the second time I used red miso, and the taste was even better!
It’s quite salty though, because of the dashi stock that has to be reduced. Maybe if we make a larger batch, we can reduce the amount of dashi.


The miso sauce is spread all over the schnitzel, and it was amazing! We ate it with vegetable fries (carrot and parsnip) and pickles (daikon and cucumber). Definitely something we’ll be eating more often!

Crossposted from my blog. Comment here or at the original post.
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From:spiral_meter
Date:October 25th, 2017 10:14 pm (UTC)
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that looks like a heart attack waiting to happen. but a tasty heart attack.

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From:fub
Date:October 27th, 2017 01:45 pm (UTC)
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It's not as fatty as, say, some burgers I've had. A bit too salt, but nothing mayor.
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From:sugarpoutine
Date:October 26th, 2017 03:20 am (UTC)
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Mhm, sounds delicious. My favorite kind of tonkatsu (or donkatsu, how it's usually written in Korea) is the one with cheese inside. I wonder if that is a Korean style variation of the dish?
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From:fub
Date:October 27th, 2017 01:53 pm (UTC)
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I don't think I've ever had (or seen) a tonkatsu with cheese in Japan. Well, there was that one shop in Kyoto that did 'new tonkatsu' which was all sorts of stuff rolled into a thick slice of ham and then breaded and fried. I think that had cheese in it.
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From:sugarpoutine
Date:October 31st, 2017 12:44 am (UTC)
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Mhm it could entirely be that Korea and Japan make tonkatsu differently :)
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From:lisa_thecat
Date:October 26th, 2017 05:48 pm (UTC)
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This looks delicious!!! And the fried carrots and parsnips sound like a great idea too.
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From:fub
Date:October 27th, 2017 01:57 pm (UTC)
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You know how you get all slow and full from starchy fries? These don't have any of that, we love them!
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From:ashmedai
Date:October 27th, 2017 04:24 pm (UTC)
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That looks delicious! I love miso too, and never thought to put it on a schnitzel, but I can imagine it's great.
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From:fub
Date:October 27th, 2017 07:21 pm (UTC)
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A tonkatsu is not quite a schnitzel, but it's close enough a substitute that I'm not going to all the trouble to prepare a 'real' one!
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