Updated: December 13, 2017
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How to Make Japan's Greatest Sandwich, the Katsu Sando!

Sandwiches are of course not a traditional food in Japan. Nevertheless, ever since the Japanese have adopted this element of the Western food culture, they have been very creative in the way they make it! Katsu sando is one of those great Japanese adaptations that so many people love. Here's how to make it.

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What it is?

First of all, what is the katsu sando exactly? "Katsu" means cutlets and "sando" is the Japanese abbreviation for sandwich. The cutlets are most often made from pork, but beef and chicken are sometimes also used. The meat is breaded in panko (Japanese bread crumbs) and fried before being used as the sandwich's main filling. To give that special taste, Japanese sauces are used as a condiment.

Recipe for a Pork Katsu Sando

Firstly to make your pieces of fried pork this is what you'll need:

- 1 piece of pork chop (large enough to cover your sandwich)
- panko bread crumbs (about half a cup)
- 1 egg
- 1 table spoon of flour
- salt and pepper to taste
- oil

Step 1: Lightly season the pork chop with salt and pepper on both sides and sprinkle with flour.

Step 2: Beat the egg, then dip both sides of your seasoned pork chop into it. Then next dip it into the panko so that the crumbs are spread evenly accross the meat.

Step 3: Pour a generous amount of oil in a frying pan (enough to cover the whole surface), then fry the panko-coated chop into it, about 2 or 3 minutes per side depending on the thickness of your piece.

You now have your fried pork ready, now for the other fillings and the sauce...
If you can buy the bull dog brand sauce at your local super market, then it can make a great condiment to your sandwich. They are specially made for tonkatsu (pork cutlets). They might be a little expensive to buy from outside of Japan but they are of good quality and contain no food additives.

If you don't have access to this sauce, then try mixing these together:

- 3 table spoons of Worcester sauce
- 2 table spoons of ketchup
- 1 table spoon of soy sauce
- 1 table spoon of mayonnaise
- 1 table spoon of sake (white whine will do)
- 1 tea spoon of sugar
- 2 table spoons of sesame seeds
- you can also add some mustard to taste

This makes a killer tonkotsu sauce! Spread a generous amount on your toast for a great tasting katsu sando.
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As a vegetable filling, the classic is some finely chopped cabbage. It will add some freshness and crispiness to your sandwich. Lettuce works fine too.
All you have to do next is toast your bread and assemble your katsu sando! Doesn't it look delicious?
A great idea is to make it part of your bento lunch box like the Japanese often do!

Lastly...

Hope you'll enjoy making your own katsu sando! Be sure to try it out if you're in Japan.
tabikamome
Japanese food culture enthusiast. Love to explore new areas and discover local specialties.

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