Tonkatsu, the Japanese dish of Panko-crumbed and deep-fried Pork Cutlet, is very popular. This is the almost same thing, but it is made of Pork Mince. You can use just Pork Mince, but I always add finely chopped Onion and other ingredients. When my children were young, I added other Vegetables as well. It was a good trick to make my son eat Vegetables.


4 Servings


500g Pork Mince *Beef Mince can be used
1 Onion *finely chopped, you can add other Vegetables as well
1 clove Garlic *grated
1/2 cup ‘Panko’ Breadcrumbs
1 Egg
3/4 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
2 tablespoons Plain Flour
1 Egg *for coating
‘Panko’ Breadcrumbs as required
Oil for frying
‘Tonkatsu’ Sauce *store-bought ‘Tonkatsu’ Sauce is delicious, but you can make your own. Try my recipe below.

Mock ‘Tonkatsu’ Sauce
1/4 cup Tomato Ketchup
2 tablespoons Worcestershire (Lea & Perrins)
1 & 1/2 tablespoons Soy Sauce
2-3 teaspoons Sugar

  1. Combine Pork Mince, finely chopped Onion, ‘Panko’ Breadcrumbs and Egg. Season with Salt & Pepper and form into 8 patties.
  2. Coat the patties with Plain Flour very well, then coat with whisked Egg, and finally coat with ‘Panko’ Breadcrumbs.
  3. Heat Oil to 160 to 170℃ and fry until cooked through and golden, place on a rack and drain the Oil.
  4. Enjoy with ‘Tonkatsu’ Sauce. To make Mock ‘Tonkatsu’ Sauce, combine all ingredients. You can add a small amount of Lemon Juice, Chutney, Mustard or grated Ginger for extra flavour.