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Tonkatsu Don

I’m a donburi fan and I always look for that menu first when I enter a Japanese restaurant. So far, my favorite is Oyakodon. I haven’t yet found a delicious Tonkatsudon in Jakarta, so I tried to make one for lunch today. The recipe was taken from “The Food of Japan, 96 Easy and Delicious Recipes from the Land of the Rising Sun”. The recipe was quite easy, but because I tried to make the dashi stock from scratch, it took about 1 hour to from start to finish. The result was quite good. I didn’t have any tonkatsu sauce, so I make it using 1 part worchestershire sauce and 5 parts tomato ketchup. :)

Serves : 2
Preparation time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 15 mins

Pork Cutlets

  • 250gr pork loin or pork steaks
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 table spoons cornstarch
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • oil, for deep frying


  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoons oil
  • 1/2cup basic dashi stock or 1/4 teaspoon dashi stock granules dissolved in 1/2 cup hot water
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 2 tablespoon Japanese soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten (optional)


  • Prepare the pork cutlets first. Season the meat lightly with salt and pepper, dust with cornstarch on both sides, dip in beaten egg and then press into the bread crumbs. Heat the oil in a wok or a saucepan until moderately hot. Deep fry the crumb-coated cutlets until light golden brown and cooked, for about 3-4 minutes on each side. drain on paper towels and set aside.
  • To prepare the sauce, heat the oil in a skillet and fry the onion for 2 minutes. Remove the onion and set aside. Add the dashi stock, mirin, soy sauce and sugar in a pan. Stir and simmer on high heat for 5 minutes. Add the onions, stir and removed the skillet from the heat. Add the beaten egg and stir gently, set aside.
  • Scoop the rice into 2 large bowls and pour the sauce and onions over it. Place a cutlet into each bowl. Serve hot accompanied with tonkatsu sauce, if desired.
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8 Responses to “Tonkatsu Don”

  1. cloudlie says:

    jen, this is also my favourite, i think like u, first thing I look for in a menu. I can recommend 2 places in Jakarta, En and Keiyaki @ Sari Pan Pacific. Both of them have decent pork katsu don.

  2. V says:

    Prepare dashi stock from scratch = rebus bonito gitu Jen?

  3. jenz says:

    iya Ven, rebus konbu & bonito flakes.

  4. Fendy says:

    Jenz biasa beli konbu dan bonito dimana?

  5. jenz says:

    Konbu & Bonito dijual kok di supermarket2 Jepang spt Papaya/Kamome. di Sogo Foodhall Grand Indonesia juga ada.

  6. Man of Troy says:

    The other thing you can top your cutlet with is thick curry sauce with potatoes and carrots…. oh so good! It’s very Japanese and one of my favorite Japanese dishes. I believe they should have a version of this dish at Hurry Curry in Jakarta.

  7. joel says:

    mo nanya donkk, itu kotak bento tempat taroh tonkatsudon nya beli dimana yah? udah lama pengen masak sprt itu tapi kurang mantap tanpa kotak bento japan gitu, thanks^^

  8. jenz says:

    kotak bento bisa dibeli di Daisho, disana jual banyak pernak pernik dari Jepang

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