Tonkatsu (deep fried pork)

Servings: 4

4 pork loin chops, bone removed, around 1-inch thick
1 cup plain flour
5 eggs, beaten
3 cups breadcrumbs
approx. 1-2 L canola oil, for deep frying

To serve
cooked rice
¼ tsp hot English mustard
finely shredded cabbage
sliced cucumber
sliced tomato
miso soup

Quick tonkatsu sauce
½ cup tomato sauce (ketchup)
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp soy sauce
½ tsp English mustard

For the quick tonkatsu sauce, mix together all of the ingredients.
Tenderise the pork with a pork tenderiser (or if you don’t have one, the back of a heavy knife). Push the pork back into its original shape. Heat the frying oil to 175C.
Shred the cabbage thinly with a mandoline.
Pick up each piece of pork by inserting a skewer into it, using the skewer as a kind of hook (this will allow you to move the pork between the flour and egg without getting your hands dirty and without tongs disrupting the coating). Dip the pork into the flour first, and then the egg, then back into the flour, then back into the egg (you can even go for the third coating of flour and egg if you like), and then finally into the panko – ensuring that it is coated completely. Fry the pork two pieces at a time for 4-5 minutes, turning once or twice during the frying process. Drain the pork on a wire rack, standing the pork upon its thin end for better drainage. Allow the pork to cool and drain for 5 minutes.
Slice the cutlet and arrange on a plate with the cabbage, pickles, lemon wedge, cucumber and tomato, and add a smear of mustard. Serve with the tonkatsu sauce, rice and miso soup.

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