Doubtlessly, a common concern for many parents is what to prepare for their kids’ day at school. The perfect baon has to appeal to young tastes, while also being both hearty and healthy at the same time. Thankfully, there are quite a number of different options to choose from, and households around the world have prepared several different dishes for their children as the years go by. But for something new and delightful, why not try this ham katsu on for size? Your child will surely have a bright smile on his face when he opens up his lunchbox to meet this saucy, inviting, and golden brown treat!
Katsu is no new dish, and many Filipinos have grown to love this Japanese native. Delicious cuts of meat sandwiched between breadcrumbs and flour — who could ask for more? This katsu is crispy on the outside, with a nice and tender meat that truly makes this dish the best of both worlds. Today, the meat we’re using is none other than CDO Holiday Ham. That’s right; you can make even the ordinary days feel like a holiday with this tasty and filling protein! Each satisfying bite will make your kid’s baon all the more special!
And ham katsu isn’t just for kids either! Eaters young and old will delight in the crispiness and tastiness of this filling main dish. Whether it’s a full meal with your family or something you’ll bring on the go to work, you won’t be able to get enough of this fantastic dish.
What does Ham Katsu taste like?
Savory and umami, ham katsu is a dish beloved for its crispy texture and yummy taste. The taste of your ham is a delightful combination of sweet and salty. Plus, it is made even better when surrounded by its golden brown exterior! Taking a bite out of this dish is a harmonious experience of both textures and flavors; you simply won’t be able to get enough!
And that’s not all. Alongside your ham katsu we have your rich and intensely flavorful tonkatsu sauce! A mix of tanginess and sweetness, your ham katsu’s sauce is essentially barbecue sauce made better. The smokiness of this condiment perfectly complements your dish and makes it even tastier. Plus, it’s altogether just so easy to make! All you need for this sauce are everyday ingredients you can find in any Filipino pantry. From white sugar to banana ketchup, oyster sauce and Worcestershire sauce, your these components are so accessible and easy to whip together to make your ham katsu’s perfect partner.
What can I eat with ham katsu?
Ham katsu on its own is really quite delicious. Serve it with a nice heaping portion of rice and more often than not, you’re good to go! If you want to dress up your dish a bit more though and can spare the time, you can always make it a full Japanese set! Typically, restaurants serve katsu with cabbage and miso soup to make it a full meal. Both side dishes are just as easy to make as your main course and will definitely impress loved ones coming to eat your scrumptious food!
Additionally, sushi rolls and sashimi are always a great start to any meal! Dishes like California maki and tuna rolls will definitely make a great opening act to the star of your culinary feast. If raw fish isn’t to your liking, other dishes may strike your fancy! From the saucy chicken teriyaki to equally crisp tempura, your meal can be as extensive and deliciously Japanese as you want it to be!
How to make ham katsu
Making ham katsu is easy and enjoyable. Let’s first prepare your katsu workstation by prepping three separate bowls. Fill each with different components, in order: flour, a beaten egg, and then your Panko breadcrumbs. Now that you’ve prepped your assembly line, slice up 500 grams of CDO Holiday Ham. Each slice should be about an inch thick; take one and dredge it in the flour. Then, dip it in your egg, making sure you have completely coated the entire slice. The last step would be to dredge your ham in the breadcrumbs, pressing them gently so they hold and attach to your ham better.
After heating cooking oil in a pan, deep fry your ham katsu. The result we’re after is a beautiful golden brown. Once you have that on your bottom side, flip your slice of katsu over and deep fry once again. When you’re happy with the shade on both ends, remove your katsu from the pan and let it cool down. A tip would be to line a wire rack or plate with a paper towel so as to absorb any excess grease, without making it any less crispy! Continue to do this until you’ve cooked all your ham katsu slices.
When done, don’t forget to make your tonkatsu sauce! Mix a teaspoon of granulated sugar and oyster sauce, as well as 2 tablespoons of banana ketchup and Worcestershire sauce well until you’ve incorporated all those delicious flavors. The combination will surely make the perfect addition to your meal.
At this point, you and your loved ones probably can’t wait to eat, right? Well thankfully, that wait is over! Arrange the ham katsu with garnish on a serving plate, and make sure to prepare your tonkatsu sauce too. Share and enjoy this meaty, delightful goodness with your loved ones!
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- 500 grams CDO Holiday Ham sliced (1-inch thick)
- 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 egg beaten
- 1 ½ cups cooking oil
Tonkatsu Sauce ingredients:
- 1 teaspoon granulated white sugar
- 2 tablespoons banana ketchup
- 1 teaspoon oyster sauce
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- Heat cooking oil in a pan.
- Dredge a slice of CDO Holiday Ham in flour, then dip it in beaten egg. Make sure that all the sides are completely coated before dredging the ham into the breadcrumbs. Note: you should press the breadcrumbs gently so that it holds better.
- Deep-fry your ham katsu until the bottom side turns golden brown. Flip it over and do the same step. Remove from the pan and let it cool down.
- Meanwhile, make the sauce by combining all the tonkatsu sauce ingredients. Mix well.
- Arrange the ham katsu with garnish on a serving plate. Serve with homemade tonkatsu sauce. Share and enjoy!