Japanese Soul Cooking by Tadashi Ono and Harris Salat - Recipes

May 27, 2018 | Author: The Recipe Club | Category: Bread Crumbs, Mayonnaise, Salad, Food & Wine, Foods
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A collection of more than 100 recipes that introduces Japanese comfort food to American home cooks, exploring new ingred...



Acknowledgments vii

10   SOBA • 159 10

Introduction 1

11   UDON • 173 11


12 ITAME & CHAHAN • 187


2  GYOZA • 27

13   YOSHOKU • 205 13

3  CURRY • 43

Japanese Ingredients 234


Tokyo Comfort Food Restaurants 237

6  KARA-AGE • 93

Measurement Conversion Charts 239

7  TEMPURA • 107

About the Authors 241


Index 242

9  DONBURI • 141

CLASSIC TONKATSU Ladies and gentlemen, may we have your attention, please: for your gustatory pleasure and delight, we now present the star of this chapter, tonkatsu. Here it is, the classic method, which is so incredibly satisfying, and also so easy to whip up. In this recipe, Tadashi shares a family secret—coat the pork with �lour and egg twice, which makes the tonkatsu even crunchier. (Old-school tonkatsu joints in Japan,  by the way, way, often use lard instead instead of oil for frying, which makes the tonkatsu  even crunchier, but we’re sticking to oil and saving on the heart bypass surgery bills, thank you very much.) Be sure to use a deep-fry (or “candy”) thermometer to gauge temperature while you deep-fry; the easiest way to screw up this dish is to fry the pork too hot or too cold. In Japan, they say you deep-fry the tonkatsu until it’s the color of  kitsune, that is, the golden brown hue of a fox. Serve the pork this way: sliced into strips, resting against a mound of shredded cabbage, slathered in tonkatsu sauce, and with a dab of sinus-clearing  karashi mustard on the side. A bowl of steaming white rice on the side is also mandatory. Now, that’s what we call a meal, about as elemental and comforting as it gets.

SERVES 4 3⁄4 pound cabbage, cored

4 fillets boneless pork shoulder or pork loin (about 1 pound), about 3⁄4 inch thick Salt and ground black pepper 2 eggs 1⁄2 cup flour

2 cups panko crumbs  Vegetable oil for for deep-frying 4 teaspoons Japanese karashi mustard (see page 234) 1⁄2 cup tonkatsu sauce, store-bought or

homemade (page 62) Steamed rice, for serving

Slice the cabbage as thinly as possible (you can use a mandoline or other slicer). Follow instructions in Ultra-Crunchy Cabbage (see page 67) and set aside.

frying. (Fat shrinks faster than the meat when deep-frying.) Season the �illets on both sides with salt and pepper. Transfer the prepared pork �illets to a plate.

To prepare the pork �illets, lay the �illets �lat on a cutting board. Tap the �illets with the back edge of a kitchen knife (the edge opposite the blade) to dig notches into the meat. Turn the knife so the �lat side is facing the �illets. Pound the meat with the knife’s knife’s �lat side about 6 to 8 times on each side of the pork to �latten the meat to about 1/2 inch thick. Cut 1/2-inch notches into the white fat of the �illets, which will prevent the �illet from curling when

Beat the eggs in a bowl and set aside. Prepare 4 plates. Pour the �lour onto the �irst plate. Pour the beaten egg onto the second plate. Pour the panko onto the third plate. Leave the fourth plate empty for now (this plate will hold the breaded tonkatsu). Place a cast-iron skillet on a burner burner.. Fill the skillet with vegetable oil to a height of at least 1 inch. Attach a deep-fry (or

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Classic Tonkatsu, continued

“candy”) thermometer to the side of the skillet. On a work surface near the skillet, set up a tray lined with newspaper or paper towels to drain the cooked tonkatsu. Turn the heat on to high. Heat the oil to 340°F. While the oil is heating, bread the �illets. First, dredge a �illet in �lour on both sides and shake off excess �lour. Second, dip the �illet into the egg, coating both sides. Third, repeat the process, dredging the pork in the �lour again on both sides, then coating it again with egg on both sides. Finally, lay the �illet on the panko crumbs. Pile panko on top of the pork with your �ingers, then gently press the panko onto the �illet with the palms of your hand so a generous layer of panko sticks to the �illet on both sides. Repeat with the other �illets, then place them on the empty plate you prepared earlier. When the oil has heated to 340°F, carefully slide the �illets into the skillet. Depending on the size of the skillet, cook the tonkatsu in batches. Be careful not to over�ill the skillet, which will lower the cooking temperature; use, at most, half of the surface area of the oil to cook. While the tonkatsu is cooking, check the oil temperature with a candy thermometer. Regulate the heat to maintain a constant 340°F oil temperature. If the oil is too hot, the tonkatsu will burn; if it is too low, the tonkatsu will come out soggy and greasy.

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Cook the tonkatsu for about 4 minutes, turning once, until the �illets turn golden brown. When they’re ready, transfer the �illets to the paper-lined plate to drain. If possible, stand the �illets on their edges, so they drain better (you can use a metal rack to accomplish this, if you have one). Transfer the tonkatsu to a cutting board and slice into strips. stri ps. For each serving, place the pork on a plate, along with a heap of sliced cabbage and a dab of mustard. Serve topped with about 2 tablespoons of tonkatsu sauce or serve the sauce on the side, as you prefer. Serve piping hot with steamed white rice on the side. Other ways to eat tonkatsu Another deli-

cious way to enjoy tonkatsu is to eat it as a sandwich ( tonkatsu-sando, as they say). Lay a tonkatsu �illet on a slice of bread (in Japan they typically use spongy white bread, but use any bread or roll that strikes your fancy), pour tonkatsu sauce over the �illet, cover with another slice of bread, and you’re set. Perfect for the lunch pail at school or work. Tonkatsu is also amazing cooked with eggs over a bowl of rice (see katsudon, page 147) or slathered with Japanese curry (page 43) instead of tonkatsu sauce. And �inally, try substituting chicken for the pork to make torikatsu, the poultry version.

A sampling of Japanese salads (clockwise from top left): traditional wakame and cucumbers, lettuce with ginger-carrot dressing (page 213), potato salada (page 210), and tomato salada (opposite)

Japanese-Style Tartar Sauc Sauce e This is the go-to sauce for furai dishes. It is similar to classic American tartar sauce, but the big difference is the mayo. Here we use Japanese Kewpie mayonnaise (page 132), an umami-rich version that has less oil and is looser and smoother than typical pasty, store-bought mayo, which gives the sauce more punch. You can also add classic Japanese accents to the tartar sauce, if you’d like.  For exampl example, e, you you can substitu substitute te 2 tablespoo tablespoons ns of chopped chopped  shiso leaves leaves for for the parsley parsley.. Or add 2 teaspoons teaspoons of wasabi or 1 teaspoon of red yuzu kosho. kosho.

Thoroughly mix together all the ingredients in a bowl. Place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour hou r (overnight is even better)


6 tablespoons finely chopped onion 1 cup Kewpie mayonnaise (page 132) 2 eggs, hard-boiled, peeled, cooled, and finely chopped 1⁄2 teaspoon salt

Pinch pepper 8 ounces cornichon pickles, finely chopped 1 tablespoon capers (in vinegar), finely chopped 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley 1 tablespoon lemon juice

for the �lavors to mingle before serving. This tartar sauce will keep in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks.

Tomato Toma to Salada Sa lada


Wait until summer and early autumn when you can �ind really beautiful, vine-ripened tomatoes to prepare this lovely salad. (Pictured opposite, at the lower left.) The dressing is fantastic with leafy greens, too.

1⁄2 cup finely chopped onion

1 teaspoon grated ginger 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 tablespoon vinegar 1 teaspoon sugar 1⁄2 teaspoon salt

Pinch ground black pepper 1 pound beefsteak tomatoes, sliced

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To make the dressing, whisk together the onion, ginger, sesame oil, soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper in a bowl, until

the dressing is well combined. Arrange the tomatoes on 4 plates. Spoon the dressing over the tomatoes and serve.

Copyright © 2013 by Tadashi Ono and Harris Salat

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Ono, Tadashi, 1962- author. Japanese soul cooking : ramen, tonkatsu, tempura, and

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