The Difference : Okonomiyaki Sauce vs Tonkatsu Sauce

When it comes to Japanese brown sauce, in addition to Tonkatsu sauce, Japanese-style Worcester Sauce, and Chuno sauce, Okonomiyaki sauce is commonly used in Japan’s households. 

As I wrote about the difference between Tonkatsu sauce, Japan’s Worcester sauce and Chuno sauce the other day, they are similar in taste, so, for example, you can use Tonkatsu sauce in place of Worcester sauce or Chuno sauce to your preference.

The Difference between Okonomiyaki Sauce and Tonkatsu Sauce

Okonomiyaki Sauce vs Tonkatsu Sauce

However, Okonomiyaki sauce is somewhat different in taste from the above 3 brown sauces, though all of them have almost the same appearance.

Tonkatsu (豚カツ)Tonkatsu with Tonkatsu Sauce

As the name indicates, “Tonkatsu sauce (とんかつソース)” matches best with Japanese pork cutlet “Tonkatsu (豚カツ)“, while “Okonomiyaki sauce (お好み焼きソース)”, or “Okonomi sauce (お好みソース)” is the sauce for “Okonomiyaki (お好み焼き)”.

Okonomiyaki (お好み焼き)Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki is a Japanese savory pancake with various ingredients such as vegetables, pork belly slices, and seafood. As with Tonkatsu, Okonomiyaki is a popular comfort food in Japan. 

Product Brand 

Otafuku Okonomiyaki Sauce and Bull-Dog Tonkatsu Sauce

Speaking of Okonomiyaki sauce, many Japanese will bring “Otafuku (オタフク)”‘s Okonomiyaki sauce to mind, while I think the Tonkatsu sauce most familiar to us Japanese is “Bull-Dog (ブルドック)”‘s one.


Bull-Dog Tonkatsu Sauce Ingredients

As for the ingredient, the Bull-Dog Tonkatsu sauce is made with tomato, apple, prune, lemon, carrot, onion, brewed vinegar, dextrose, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, salt, starch, yeast extract, soybean, and spices.

Otafuku Okonomiyaki Sauce Ingredients

The Otafuku Okonomiyaki sauce is made with tomato, dates, onion, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, brewed vinegar, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, salt, alcohol, soy sauce, spices, oyster extract, meat extract, yeast extract, kombu seaweed, protein hydrolyzate, shiitake mushroom, processed starch, amino acid, and caramel pigment.


Bull-Dog Tonkatsu Sauce

Tonkatsu sauce is a thick, rich version of Japan’s Worcester sauce. It is somewhat sweet and is characterized by its moderate spiciness.

Otafuku Okonomiyaki Sauce

On the other hand, this Otafuku’s Okonomiyaki sauce is a little thicker and sweeter than the Bull-Dog Tonkatsu sauce. Besides, unlike the Tonkatsu sauce, the Okonomiyaki sauce isn’t spicy.


Yakisoba (焼きそば)Yakisoba

In addition to Tonkatsu pork cutlet, many Japanese like to eat shredded cabbage with Tonkatsu sauce. The thick rich sauce is also used as a seasoning for “Yakisoba (焼きそば)” noodles. 

Takoyaki (たこ焼き)Takoyaki

Okonomiyaki sauce matches best with Okonomiyaki pancake, but it can also be used as a seasoning for noodle dishes, such as Yakisoba and Yaki Udon, and as a sauce for “Takoyaki (たこ焼き)” octopus balls.

Some Japanese home cooks use Okonomiyaki sauce as a secret seasoning for curry and some like to use it combining with other seasonings.

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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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