The Difference : Tonkatsu Sauce vs Worcester Sauce vs Chuno Sauce

“Tonkatsu (豚カツ)” is the Japanese pork cutlet characterized by its crispy deep-fried breadcrumb coating, which usually comes with shredded cabbage on a plate and is eaten with “Tonkatsu sauce (とんかつソース)”.

Have you ever heard of Tonkatsu sauce? As the name indicates, it is a Japanese sauce mainly for Tonkatsu.

The Difference between Worcester Sauce, Tonkatsu Sauce, and Chuno Sauce in Japan

Tonkatsu Sauce and Worcester Sauce

Tonkatsu sauce can also be used in place of “Worcester sauce (ウスターソース)”, because they are similar things. Additionally, a Japanese sauce “Chuno sauce (中濃ソース)” is also something like Tonkatsu sauce and Worcester sauce.

In Japan, actually these 3 brown sauces are made with almost the same ingredients. Then, what is the difference between them? Today, I will talk about it. 

Worcester Sauce (ウスターソース)

Bull-Dog Worcester Sauce ingredients

The Worcester sauce from a leading Japanese seasoning manufacturer “Bull-Dog Sauce (ブルドックソース)” is made with apple, tomato, onion, lemon, prune, carrot, brewed vinegar, sugar, salt, yeast extract, soybean, spices, and dried sardine extract.

Bull-Dog Worcester Sauce

Generally, Japanese Worcester sauce doesn’t contain a lot of fibers, so it is a smooth liquid vegetable fruit sauce. This sauce is characterized by its moderate spiciness.

Tonkatsu Sauce (とんかつソース)

Bull-Dog Tonkatsu Sauce ingredients

The ingredient of this Bull-Dog’s Tonkatsu sauce ( consists of tomato, apple, prune, lemon, carrot, onion, brewed vinegar, dextrose, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, salt, starch, yeast extract, soybean, and spices.

Bull-Dog Tonkatsu Sauce

Tonkatsu sauce, also called “Noukou sauce (濃厚ソース)”, is made using lots of fruits and is rich in fibers. The Japanese sauce is thick and rich compared to Worcester sauce.

Chuno Sauce (中濃ソース)

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Chuno sauce is something like a cross between Japan’s Worcester sauce and Tonkatsu Sauce. This Japanese sauce is characterized by its moderate thick consistency and mild sweetness.

Bull-Dog Tonkatsu Sauce

(Reference page : KAGOME ソースのQ&A )


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. I want to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures and trivia.

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