Hitokuchi Sauce Katsu & Big Katsu: Fish Cutlet Snacks

As Katsu (カツ) is the Japanese word for cutlet, the food is deep-fried in plenty of oil, featuring its crispy brown Panko breadcrumb covering.

The main ingredient of the Japanese cutlet is usually pork, chicken, or beef fillet, and Tonkatsu (トンカツ) is the dish using pork.

Hitokuchi Sauce Katsu (ひとくちソースカツ)

Hitokuchi Sauce Katsu

In Japan, Katsu not only can be the main dish at dinner, but it is available even in the snack and candy section of supermarkets.

And the treat comes under the name of either Hitokuchi Sauce Katsu (ひとくちソースカツ) or Big Katsu (ビッグカツ).

vs. Big Katsu 

Hitokuchi Sauce Katsu Breaded Fried Snacks

Here are the contents of the product named Hitokuchi Sauce Katsu, but its main ingredient is not pork.

These cutlet snacks consist of fish surimi (paste) breaded with Panko, deep-fried in oil, and dressed with a kind of Tonkatsu sauce.

Hitokuchi Sauce Katsu Breaded Fried Fish Snacks

As the word Hitokuchi (ひとくち/一口) means mouthful in Japanese, these treats are bite-size, eaten in a mouthful.

Big Katsu Dagashi Snack

Meanwhile, Big Katsu is one of the Dagashi classics, and its composition is the same as Hitokuchi Sauce Katsu.

But this one is Big and long compared to Hitokuchi Sauce Katsu.

Hitokuchi Sauce Katsu and Big Katsu (ビッグカツ) both use fish surimi, but they are not fishy at all.

They have a pleasant crispy texture and taste pretty good, and you probably won’t notice that their main ingredient is fish unless you hear the truth. 


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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