Hitokuchi Sauce Katsu : Nostalgic Breaded Fried Fish Snack

“Katsu (カツ)” is the Japanese word for cutlets, so the food is deep-fried in plenty of oil and is characterized by its crispy breadcrumb coating.

The Japanese cutlet, Katsu is usually made with sliced pork, chicken or beef, and when Japanese hear the word Katsu, many bring the one made with pork “Tonkatsu (トンカツ)” to mind.

In Japan, Katsu is not only served as a main dish at the table, but it is also available in the snack and candy section of supermarkets.

Hitokuchi Sauce Katsu (ひとくちソースカツ)

Hitokuchi Sauce Katsu

As this snack name indicates, the Katsu snack is well known to us Japanese by the name of “Hitokuchi Sauce Katsu (ひとくちソースカツ)” or “Big Katsu (ビッグカツ)”.

The Difference between Hitokuchi Sauce Katsu and Big Katsu 

Hitokuchi Sauce Katsu Breaded Fried Snacks

The contents of the product Hitokuchi Sauce Katsu are shown above. Actually, the Japanese Katsu snack is made with fish paste, which is breaded, fried in oil, and dressed with a kind of Tonkatsu sauce.

Hitokuchi Sauce Katsu Breaded Fried Fish Snacks

The Hitokuchi Sauce Katsu is a mouthful size of snack, not big, as the word “Hitokuchi (ひとくち, 一口)” means “mouthful” in Japanese.

Big Katsu Dagashi Snack

On the other hand, Big Katsu is the name of a famous Dagashi snack. Actually, the composition of the Big Katsu snack is basically the same as that of the Hitokuchi Sauce Katsu snack: Both are made of fish, breaded, deep-fried in oil, and partly dressed with sauce.

As you can see from the photos above, the primary difference between Hitokuchi Sauce Katsu and Big Katsu is that the Big Katsu snack is bigger in size than the Hitokuchi Sauce Katsu snack.

Both the snacks have a pleasant crispy texture and are not fishy at all. These Katsu snacks have long been loved in Japan, particularly by children, and are available in many supermarkets and convenience stores.


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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