Tonkatsu Sauce vs Worcester Sauce vs Chuno Sauce
“Tonkatsu (豚カツ)” is the Japanese pork cutlet featuring 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)”.
By the way, have you ever heard of Tonkatsu sauce? As the name indicates, it is a Japanese brown sauce mainly used for the Tonkatsu pork cutlet.
The Difference: Japanese Worcester Sauce vs Tonkatsu Sauce vs Chuno Sauce
Actually, in Japan, Tonkatsu sauce is often used in place of Japanese-style “Worcester sauce (ウスターソース)”, because they are similar things.
Additionally, the Japanese brown sauce “Chuno sauce (中濃ソース)” is also something like Tonkatsu sauce and Japanese Worcester sauce, and can be substituted for them.
In brief, these 3 Japanese brown sauces can be used interchangeably according to your preference. This is because they 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)
The Worcester sauce from the leading Japanese seasoning manufacturer “Bull-Dog Sauce (ブルドックソース)” is made from apple, tomato, onion, lemon, prune, carrot, brewed vinegar, sugar, salt, yeast extract, spices, and dried sardine extract.
Generally, made with a small amount of vegetables and fruits compared to Tonkatsu sauce, Japanese Worcester sauce doesn’t contain a lot of fibers. So it is a smooth liquid vegetable fruit sauce. This Japanese brown sauce is especially characterized by its moderate spiciness.
Tonkatsu Sauce (とんかつソース)
The ingredients in the Bull-Dog Tonkatsu Sauce are tomato, apple, prune, lemon, carrot, onion, brewed vinegar, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, salt, starch, yeast extract, and spices.
Made with lots of fruits, Tonkatsu Sauce, also called “Noukou Sauce (濃厚ソース: literally meaning “Thick Sauce” in Japanese)”, contains plenty of fibers. This Japanese brown sauce has a thick consistency and is milder and richer in taste than Worcester sauce.
Chuno Sauce (中濃ソース)
Chuno sauce is a brown sauce like a cross between Japanese-style Worcester sauce and Tonkatsu sauce in taste and consistency as the word “Chuno (中濃)” means “Medium Thick” in Japanese.
According to the ingredient list of the Bull-Dog Chuno Sauce, the Japanese brown sauce consists of tomato, prune, apple, lemon, carrot, onion, brewed vinegar, high-fructose corn syrup, sugar, salt, starch, yeast extract, and spices.
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