Katsudon vs. Tonkatsu: Japanese Pork Cutlet Dishes
Tonkatsu (豚カツ) is one of the quintessential Japanese pork dishes that have gained popularity in many countries.
Other than Tonkatsu, there are several dishes in Japan whose name includes the word Katsu (カツ), such as Hire Katsu (ヒレカツ) and Rosu Katsu (ロースカツ).
Katsudon (カツ丼) vs. Tonkatsu (豚カツ)
In addition to those varieties, there is one more popular Katsu dish called Katsudon (カツ丼).
However, some people seem to not know how Katsudon differs from Tonkatsu. So today, let me give an overview of each.
Unlike Tempura, Tonkatsu features its brown, crispy covering, and the dish is typically served with shredded cabbage, separately from a bowl of white rice.
On the other hand, Katsudon is a type of Donburi (丼) or a Japanese rice bowl dish consisting of a bed of steamed plain rice topped with Tonkatsu slices and covered with lightly cooked eggs.
The preparation is; Tonkatsu slices are first simmered in a soy sauce-based sauce, then covered with lightly beaten eggs, cooked, and last, placed on a warm bowl of white rice.
Katsudon comes in several variants, and the representative is Sauce Katsudon (ソースカツ丼), whose Tonkatsu slices are drizzled with a Worcester sauce without being covered by eggs.