Ingredients, dishes and drinks from Japan by Ad Blankestijn

Saturday, July 30, 2011


Big bowl of rice with pork cutlet. カツどん。

One of the popular “donburi” dishes. The main ingredient in katsudon is “tonkatsu,” a breaded, deep-fried pork cutlet. This is sliced and the slices are simmered for a short time with onions in a special sauce, after which an egg is beaten over it and the whole is poured over the rice. The sauce is made from soy sauce with the addition of dashi, sake and mirin. A very popular dish in Japan. It was invented in 1923 by a Japanese high-school student (or so it is rumored).

[Photo by Ad Blankestijn]