Katsudon is one of the most classic and popular meals in Japan! The difference between Katsudon and Tonkatsu is simply Katsudon is tonkatsu on top of a cooked rice bowl and covered with fluffy egg. This is a classic way to eat tonkatsu.
If you hear ‘Katsu’, do you imagine tonkatsu with some vegetables on a plate or katsu covered with egg on top of cooked rice? In this recipe, I introduce how to make classic Katsudon.
Donburi is a type of food that is loved in not only Japan, but also around the world. It used to be offered at Teishoku-ya (diner in Japan) and it’s known as a fast and affordable meal. Nowadays, there are so many places that offer donburi and there are so many kinds.
What is Katsudon?
Kastu means Tonkatsu, and don means donburi which is large bowl. Katsudon is one of the most famous and classic Japanese cuisines. You prepare a bowl, and add soft and warm rice first, then add pork cutlet covered with egg and onion simmered in a sweet-savory sauce on top. It is a great comfort food for everyone and perfect for lunch and dinner.
What is the difference between Tonkatsu and Katsudon?
The easiest way to explain the difference is tonkatsu is served on a plate with some vegetables such as cabbage, carrot, or tomato, and usually topped with tonkatsu sauce.
Katsudon is usually served with a deep bowl. Cooked rice on the bottom and katsu on top. The katsu is usually nestled in fluffy eggs and onions simmered in a sweet-savory sauce.
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How to make Tonkatsu donburi (Katsudon)
- 1 piece Tonkatsu HERE is how to make Tonkatsu
- 1/4 large onion About 55-65g
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 Tablespoon sake
- 1 Tablespoon mirin
- 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon dashi powder HERE to buy
- green onion
- Tonkatsu : HERE is how to make Tonkatsu!
- The sauce : In a small bowl, add water, sake, mirin, soy sauce, sugar, and dashi powder.
- Eggs : In a small bowl, add egg and beat it.
- Onion : Slice the onion thinly.
- In a small or medium pot, add onion, water, and the sauce you just made. Turn the heat to medium.
- When the onion get's soft, turn the heat to low medium.
- Add tonkatsu first then add the beaten egg on top or around the tonkatsu. Cover with a lid and cook for 2 minutes.
- After 2 minutes, turn the heat off.
- In a deep bowl, add cooked rice first. Then add the tonkatsu on top! You can add green onion as a topping!