I’d been traveling in Kyoto (京都) for the past 4 days and got to enjoy fabulous food like Kobe Beef, and Kaiseki course. My Japan adventure continues tomorrow as we head to Hokkaido (北海道), which is known for its fresh seafood, dairy, and vegetable produce. Follow @justonecookbook on Instagram to see the recent updates!
As some of you may know, Japanese love curry. I have mentioned in my previous curry posts that Japanese curry is different from Thai or Indian curry. The sauce is thicker and the spice level is pretty mild because Japanese curry uses curry powder which was introduced by the British.
What makes a curry even better? Try pairing it with deep fried cutlets (we call “katsu”). In Japan, this dish is called Katsu Curry (カツカレー), which is combination of Japanese curry and Tonkatsu (or chicken katsu). Katsu curry is a perfect way to add extra calories if you are craving a big meal, and Mr. JOC always prefers adding katsu on top when I make curry at home. The crunchy texture of katsu mixed with addictive creamy curry sauce is simply irresistible.
It can be time consuming if you have to deep fry katsu, but don’t worry. I’ve shared Tonkatsu and Chicken Katsu recipes which are both oven-baked! The resulting cutlets are so crispy that you can’t tell it’s not deep fried. Both baked tonkatsu and chicken katsu received very positive feedback from readers since they don’t require deep frying. Not a big fan of pork or chicken? No worries, you can also enjoy katsu curry with Fish Katsu. I’ve shared a baked fish katsu recipe but would recommend using a white fish over salmon for this dish.
Made a big pot of Japanese curry and ended up eating it for the next 3 days and got a bit tired of it in the past? No worries, you can actually freeze Japanese curry and enjoy it simply by defrosting and heating up. While simmering the curry, you can prepare the baked katsu which only takes 30 minutes. Tip: be careful heating up curry in a sauce pan as it burns very easily. If you are heating up curry make sure to keep stirring it so it doesn’t burn.
If you have tried the Japanese curry or Tonkatsu/Chicken Katsu recipe by itself, but haven’t tried this new delicious combination, hope you give this fabulous combo a try!
And the video for Baked Tonkatsu recipe!
- Serve steamed rice in a plate/bowl. Place katsu of your choice on top and pour curry sauce. Garnish fukujinzuke on the side.