Did you try the okonomiyaki recipe from my previous post? We had the tasty savoury pancakes for dinner again tonight. Cabbages are in season at the moment and the dish is really quite simple to prepare.
I have started making my own tonkatsu sauce to spread on the pancakes. Tonkatsu is a sweet and tangy sauce. It doesn’t seem particularly Japanese – imagine a combination of Western style barbecue sauce with some Asian influences. This makes it versatile, so you can use it with all sorts of foods including with sausages next time you have a BBQ.
Making your own means:
- you don’t have to search high and low for authentic Japanese ingredients when you live a long way from Japan; and
- no need to spread high fructose corn syrup, not to mention all the other unmentionables in the commercial versions, all over your food.
This recipe has been given the thumbs up from the cherry blossoms here, although the consensus was: “it doesn’t taste exactly like tonkatsu sauce, but it tastes nice”.
And yes, there is sugar in the recipe. Remember, it’s a sweet and tangy sauce, and just think of all the cabbage you will be eating to balance it out.
Home made tonkatsu sauce
Makes approx 500ml of sauce
– ½ a medium sized carrot (approx 50g in weight)
– ½ a medium sized onion
– 1 medium sized apple (approx 100g in weight)
– 150g tomato puree / passata
– ¼ cup soy sauce
– ¼ cup sugar
– ¼ cup worcestershire sauce
– ¼ cup mirin
– 1 teaspoon mustard
Chop the apple into large pieces and discard the core. Roughly chop the carrot and remove the skin from the onion half.
Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
Pour the mixture into a saucepan. Bring to a gentle simmer over a low to medium heat.
Simmer gently, stirring occasionally, for 10 to 15 minutes. The mixture should reduce and thicken a little and become slightly darker in colour.
Allow to cool. Store in a jar and refrigerate until ready to serve.
If you are looking for some inspiration for what to do with your leftover sauce, try this link.
If you would really prefer to buy a commercial sauce, see this “tonkatsu sauce shoot out” post which rates different versions.