Introduction: Yuri on Ice Pork Cutlet Bowl (Pork Katsudon)

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Katsudon or Pork cutlet bowl is an incredibly delicious comfort food in Japan made of rice, eggs, onions, sauce and deep fried pork. It is one of my favourite dinners to have and it only made it better that it was in the anime Yuri on Ice in which the main character's favourite food is... you guessed it a pork cutlet bowl!

This recipe is so quick and easy and OH SO DELICIOUS!!! I hope that you like it and especially if you have seen Yuri on Ice (may you hopefully live in an anime world through this recipe).

Step 1: Ingredients

For Pork Katsu

- 1 Pork cutlet (2cm thick)

- 1 1/2 Tbsp plain flour

- 1 Tsp water

- 1 Egg

- 1/3 cup Panko breadcrumbs

- Canola oil for frying

For Sauce and Toppings

- 1/4 cup Dashi stock or (2tsp dashi paste + 1/4 cup water)

- 1 1/2 Tbsp Soy Sauce

- 1/2 Tbsp Sake

- 1/2 Tbsp Mirin

- 1 Tbsp Brown sugar

- 1/2 small white onion (sliced)


- 2 eggs

- 1/2 spring onion, sliced

- Handful of peas

- Bowl of steamed rice

Step 2: Equipment

- Small frying pan

- Small sauce pan (or deep fryer)

- Chopping board

- Knife

- Wooden chop sticks

- Paper towels

- Wire cooling rack

- Bowls and forks

- Serving bowl

Step 3: Dredge the Pork

First take your knife and make small shallow cuts all along the pork on both sides. This ensures the pork does not curl when deep frying. Then season the pork with salt and pepper on both sides.

To dregde the pork coat it in plain flour on every side. Whisk together 1 egg and 1 teaspoon of water in a bowl until well combined and the egg mixture is homogenous. Then mix the floured pork in the egg mixture. finally pu the pork in the panko breadcrumbs and press them into the pork, this may need to be done a few times until the crumbs are covering all the pork and it is dry to the touch.

Step 4: Fry the Pork

Heat the oil in a small sauce pan or heat your deep fryer until you place a wooden skewer in the oil and it bubbles vigorously. Place the pork in the oil and cook it for 3 minutes either side until the pork is golden brown.

Remove the pork and place it on a wire cooling rack over some paper towels. This prevents the pork from going soggy and will keep it delicious and crispy.

Make the sauce while the pork is resting.

Step 5: Make Sauce

In a small frying pan place the 1/4 cup dashi stock, 1 1/2 Tbsp soy sauce, 1 Tbsp brown sugar, 1/2Tbsp Mirin, 1/2 Tbsp sake and onion. Bring the sauce to the boil then lower it to a simmer. Cover the lid on the pan and cook for 3 minutes until the onion is soft.

Step 6: Fry the Eggs

Cut the pork cutlet into bite size strips and place this on top of the sauce. Beat up 2 eggs and pour them over the pork cutlet. Bring the heat up on high and cover with a lid for 1 minute or until the eggs are cooked to your liking.

Step 7: Assemble

To assemble the dish poru the pork, eggs and sauce over a bowl of hot, steamed rice. Top with peas and chopped spring onion. Serve while it is warm and make sure to make it for someone you care about :D

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