Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Crumbed Cutlet Bowl カツ丼 Katsu Don

Not much introduction is needed for this popular dish here. Although I have been cooking katsu don for years but I only recently started using homemade dashi, the result is a hugely improved dish. To all my Muslim and Jewish friends, you may use chicken breast to replace the pork and it will be very delicious. I have made a version with Japanese curry (katsu kare カツカレ, click HERE). This is going be my last donburi dish for now, Chinese is next! 
P.S This dish is best cooked individually. 

serves 3 as a very satisfying one dish meal 
you'll need; 
3 pork fillets or skinless chicken breasts, butterflied
1 onion, sliced
1.5 cups of homemade dashi, click HERE 
6 tbs of Japanese soy
6 tbs of mirin
3 eggs
ponko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
1 egg, beaten
Japanese parsley, picked or spring onions, sliced
salt to taste
oil for frying

Butterfly pork or chicken breasts and flatten with a kitchen mallet and season with salt and pepper.

Crumb cutlets. (flour - egg - ponko)

Fry cutlets in batches til golden, drain and set aside.

Bring 1/2 cup of dashi, soy and mirin to a simmer, then add in 1/3 of the onion slices. Cover and cook for a minute.

Slice cutlet, place in the pan, add some Japanese parsley or spring onions and pour a beaten egg all over. Cover and cook for 30 seconds.

Pour the contents into a bowl of steaming Japanese rice. Serve with some pickle ginger and shichimi togarashi.



  1. Hi tummy! u sgt rajin lah! jeles i! most ur recipe byk japanese food, i likeee it ;-)

  2. I have this for lunch at least once a week :) Looks a whole lot better than what I pay $15 for!

  3. I am just logging on to check on your oyako don but now I am tempted to make this instead. I have some Korean breadcrumbs, may I use that?

  4. hi tummy... solute la sama kamu sebab macam2 masakan u boleh buat! japanese foods mmg ai sukerr sangat! buatnya pun tak susah kan!

  5. Woow, love katsudon! When frying lots of katsu for dinner, the leftover is often turned into katsu-don next day :)

  6. I love the way its served ..all in a bowl. I bet it wld taste great with very very to go chk the dashi first :) tq

  7. ijayuji ,
    Terima kasih! Masakan Jepun memang lebih senang kalau dinbandingkan degan masakan Melayu....kena tumbuk rempah tu hehe.

    KL girl in MELB,
    Haha you are a katsu lover then. Thank you!

    darren ,
    Oh sorry I made you change your plan :( Of course you may use that, they are the same thing, just a lot cheaper!

    Terima kasih! Saya memang suka mencubai apa jua masakan. Memang banyak yang senang-senang belaka. Hana pasti tau banyak resipi Jepun juga kan?

    the lacquer spoon ,
    Haha I think I will do the same next time!

    Thank you! I often use chicken too. Go get some now!

  8. 你好棒呀!連我的最愛也出爐了!

  9. You are killing my with such a delicious meal while I am just about to cook myself some instant noodles :(

  10. I'm a big fan of Japanese food especially Katsudon or beef bowl. These are my family favorite ;)

  11. My family members are big fan of Japanese food, actually I have bookmark this long time ago, after see your yummy bowl, i must try this very soon.

  12. This looks soooo delicious! Love katsu don - and I think I've overcome my fear of frying so I've got to make it!

  13. You make it look so simple! And yes, it is just the frying part that I am not fond of.

  14. Hi hi
    I was just thinking of katsudon the other day. I saw a recipe in one of my cookbooks but I couldnt get dashi powder here. Now that you posted the recipe on dashi, I am gonna try your recipe. Although I am not sure I can get kelp or bonito flakes here, hehehe!

    Miss B

  15. Oh this looks good! I am loving the Japanese week because everything looked so good and quite simple too!

  16. another of my favourite... I feel like I am at at Japanese restaurant! おいしい!

  17. Yummy! Another one of your mouthwatering recipes and thanks so much for the step-by-step instructions!

  18. This is one of my favorite dish too ... and now one of my son's favorite.

    Will try to make this soon!

    Thanks for sharing!

  19. I order this all the time but your homemade version looks much much better!

  20. Haha so many people's favaourite, it is mine too surprise surprise! Love it!

  21. have become a Japanese chef and next you are going to be a Chinese chef! What about a Scottish chef?

  22. I have some pork thawing out now and will have to try this. Thanks for the recipe!

  23. yum yum!!! im gonna try tonkatsu sometime this week...hope i fry it right!

  24. Golly Gee! You made that sound so simple and yet the dish looks so exquisite. Awesome recipe

  25. Wow, I'm feeling hungry now, just past midnight. Notice that you've changed your blog header, nice!

  26. Looks great...the food and your new header.

  27. Wow, looks divine. Your blog always makes me so hungry:) Have a great week

  28. Hey you changed your header! I like it!

    I am a Japanese food lover and a big katsu fan. Your directions are always so well done! This looks like comfort food to me! Yum!

  29. il y a toujours d'excellents plats chez toi
    on se régale à chaque fois
    bonne soirée

  30. Oh yum, this looks so darn good. I've got to try this out soon.

  31. Hey buddy, first of all the new header is great and secondly the katsudon looks better than any I have had!
    We have been having hot spring eggs with toasts in the morning :)

  32. I have noticed your lovely new header and your katsu don is to die for! Looking forward to more delicious Chinese food!

  33. Gosh, another simple and yet scrumptious bowl of meal! You guys are so good.
    Regards, Kristy

  34. 大肥 ,

    Oh no stop eating that rubbish lol

    They are our favourite too :)

    Thank you! You must try making it, your children will love you even more :)

    Su-Lin ,
    Thank you! Oh I hope you will overcome the fear :)

    penny ,
    Thank you! Me too! Cleaning up is a bit of a pain!

    Everybody Eats Well in Flanders ,
    Oh I hope you'll be able to get them, otherwise try with chicken stock :)

    rosa ,
    Thank you! I think my recipes for the last 2 weeks have been very simple no?

    little panda,
    Oh 有難うございます。

    Thank you! I hope they are helpful.

    Thank you! I think this is such a likeable dish :)

    shanshan ,
    Thank you very much!

    Adventures in Domestic Cooking,
    Thank you!

    Thank you! :)

    Oh not at all just some Japanese dishes that I cook all the time. Don't know much about Scottish food though :)

    Oh you must! You are going to love it!

    mr. pineapple man ,
    Oh you will be ok :)

    Nostalgia ,
    Thank you! It is very simple :)

    Thank you very much! I took a photo of my sauces and decided to change it :)

    Thank you very much!

    Sinful Southern Sweets ,
    Thank you ! You too!

    Thank you very much! :)
    I am glad you find them useful, try it soon!

    Fimère ,
    Merci beaocoup!

    Thank you and please do ;)

    Thanks buddy!
    I am glad you are enjoying the hot spring eggs!

    Tricia F s,
    Thank you very much! I have a lot of exciting food coming so stay tuned.

    Priya ,
    Haha thank you!

    Thank you very much! :)

  35. Oh, so I can replace dashi with chicken stock? I suppose I can replace mirin and jap soya sauce as well, though the taste may be worlds apart, haha. You know how difficult it is to get japanese ingredients in europe :)

    Thanks for the heads up, I will try it soon. :)

    Miss B


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