— by Jocelyn Tan: How much do you know about the humble tonkatsu?

Tonkatsu was first served in Japan around the turn of the 20th century when Japanese restaurants started to introduce more western-style dishes, which was later on referred to as yoshoku. Similar to a German schnitzel, tonkatsu simply refers to a pork cutlet that has been coated in panko breadcrumbs then deep-fried.

In general, there are two cuts of pork used for tonkatsu. Hire-katsu, or pork fillet in English, is a lean pork tenderloin, while Rosu-katsu, or pork roast in English, uses the pork loin…

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