If you’ve been to Japan there a few things you will notice.
Everyone’s really nice
Everything is efficient and makes sense
They have their convenience food on point.
I’m talking about small, cheap items you can pick up from a convenience store or train station. Sushi, beers, hot food, ramen(instant), pankcakes and of course sandwiches.
The best by far is the Tonkatsu sandwich: constructed of white bread, bulldog sauce(kind of like a Japanese sweet bbq sauce), sometimes cabbage and always a crumbed pork(or slices of pork like product) cutlet.
This is my ode to it.
note: You don’t need to brine and cook in a water bath…. BUT this turns a regular pork loin into the juiciest most flavourful piece of meat you’ll eat.
1 x Pork loin, bone in. (about 1.5kg)
1L warm water
100g white sugar
White bread(as white as you can get)
Bulldog sauce(you can get it from a Japanese grocery and some supermarkets.
1. Brine the pork loin in the sake, salt, sugar and water mix for 24 hours.2. Cook in a water bath for 12 hours at 55.
3. Allow to cool, trim the skin, fat and bones. Portion into one inch pieces. 4. Double crumb in panko crumbs and fry until golden.
5. Create! White bread, bulldog sauce and the pork.
It’s so beautiful I could cry