I wrote this recipe for my children who loved this dish when they were young. This is one of the dishes that brings back their childhood memories. I learned this dish from a dietician who was working at a school lunch centre. The primary school I was teaching was so isolated and too far from the district’s lunch centre. That’s why we had our own lunch centre, which was basically a very large kitchen, right next to the school building. We enjoyed freshly cooked delicious school lunch everyday. So this dish brings back my old memories as well.


4 Servings (8 Hamburgers)


Lean Beef Mince or Beef & Pork Mince 500g
Onion 1 *finely chopped
Panko Bread Crumbs 1/2 cup
Egg 1
Parsley 1 tablespoon *finely chopped
Salt & Pepper as required
Potato Starch Flour 2 to 3 tablespoons
Oil 2 tablespoons
Beef Stock 1 cup (or Water 1 cup and Beef Stock Cube)
Tomato Ketchup 1/4 to 1/3 cup
Tonkatsu Sauce 2 to 3 tablespoons (or Worcestershire Sauce)

  1. Combine Beef Mince, finely chopped Onion, Panko, Egg and finely chopped Parsley. Season with Salt & Pepper and form into 8 patties.
  2. Coat the patties with Potato Starch Flour very well. This will create jelly like layer around the humburgers and thicken the sauce.
  3. Heat Oil in a frying pan over low to medium heat, brown the burgers on both sides. The insides can be still raw at this stage.
  4. Add Beef Stock, Tomato Ketchup and Tonkatsu Sauce and mix the liquid ingredients well, then cover with a lid and cook, occasionally turning, for ten minutes or until cooked through and the sauce is thickened.