Your Source for Truly Authentic Japanese Panko Bread Crumbs

Authentic Japanese Panko Bread Crumbs

Not all Panko is created equal. Learn what makes Panko authentic and why using Authentic Japanese Panko will make a noticeable difference on your menu. Take the challenge and compare your current Panko with our Authentic Panko and elevate the quality improvement. Available in a wide range of granulation sizes as well as All Natural.

Tempura Batter Mix - Extra Crispy

Upper Crust Enterprises Extra Crispy Tempura Batter Mix will sustain its crispy texture for extended periods. The secret to produce a versatile extra crispy and lacy Tempura Batter Mix is a blend of quality flours, and a secret ingredient from Japan. Our Tempura Batter Mix is unseasoned, egg free, diary free and can blend with any liquid so it also makes a great base batter designed for a wide variety of menu applications.

Seasoned Panko Blends

For more unique menu items, our Authentic Japanese Panko is blended with seasonings and other ingredients to create a light, crispy and flavorful coating. Try Caribbean Coconut Panko or Italian Seasoned Panko.

Seasoned Batter Mix Blends

Our products also include Seasoned All Purpose Batter Mix which is like our authentic tempura batter mix , but with a mild spice flavor. Simply mix with water, beer, or juice for a fantastic fish, chicken, or vegetable application. Also try our Caribbean Coconut batter, which is the perfect complement to Coconut Panko.

Custom Batter Blend Formulas

Large volume chain customers or industrial manufactures have the option to let our R&D department create your own custom authentic Panko and Batter blends. We look forward to creating your next top selling menu item.
For over 35 years, Upper Crust Enterprises has been a leader in providing truly Authentic Gourmet Japanese Panko Bread Crumbs and Tempura Batter Mix to restaurants all over the world.

What's New

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    The Secret Behind Maintaining Crispiness with Take-Out Orders: All Purpose Seasoned Batter Mix

    If you’ve tried our extra crispy Authentic Tempura Batter, you will love our All Purpose Seasoned Batter Mix!  Seasoned to perfection and versatile, it’s an ideal base batter for fish, chicken, vegetables, seafood, pork, or beef. Our All Purpose Seasoned Batter Mix delivers a light crispy coating that stays crispy for an extended time. ...
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    The Family’s Passion for Authentic Panko Continues

    Maintaining the vision of Masashi Kawaguchi, siblings, Lauren and Jonathan Kawaguchi are ready to lead the next generation forward. Both Lauren and Jonathan are actively involved in Upper Crust Enterprises and learning the ins and outs of producing Authentic Panko, while fulfilling their grandfather’s original vision. Lauren and Jonathan grew up in...
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    A Family’s Passion of Producing Authentic Panko in the USA

    When Fishking Processors, Inc., a seafood processing company, was first established in 1955, Masashi Kawaguchi was building much more than a business. He was building a solid foundation for future generations of the Kawaguchi family to grow and expand. Growing up in a home where business and family were one, Gary Kawaguchi, the oldest son,...

Recipe Suggestions

  • in Blog, Panko Recipe Suggestions

    Enhance Taste with Texture

    Eating is an experience and taste buds can get bored if the flavor or the textures are too uniform. A dish as simple as Mac and Cheese is a perfect example of how texture influences taste. The creamy texture of the dish is great, but after a few bites, your taste buds start looking for...
  • in Blog, Tempura Batter Mix Recipe Suggestions

    Tempura Fish Tacos!

    It’s rumored the birth of the Tempura Fish Taco occurred sometime in the 1930’s. Japanese fishermen docked in the Ensenada region of Mexico had the ingenious idea to marry their tempura style of fish with the ingredients available to them in Mexico. This was beginning of something awesome – Tempura Fish Tacos!. Since then chefs...
  • in Español, Recetas Sugeridas, Recipe Suggestions

    Pollo Crujiente Parmesano

    Rocie Upper Crust Auténtico Panko Japonés (código 01020) con aceite vegetal en espray. Con delicadeza agregue especies italianas y queso Parmesano; reserve. Espolvoree el pollo con Upper Crust Harina para Tempura (código 07230); pase por rebozo de Tempura preparado con agua y unas gotas de limon. Cubra con el Panko sazonado...

Frequently Asked Questions

Panko and Tempura Batter have a 12-month shelf life from the time of manufacture. When you receive our products, you will have at least 6 months of shelf life. Moisture is the biggest problem that will shorten the shelf life so product should be stored in a dry area. When the packages are opened, it should be stored in a tightly closed container. To increase the shelf life, the products can be frozen without affecting quality.

Consumer Panko

Bleached wheat flour, cane sugar, yeast, salt
Allergy information: Contains Wheat

Foodservice Restaurant Panko

Bleached wheat flour, shortening (palm oil), cane sugar, yeast, salt
Allergy Information: Contains Wheat

All Natural Panko

Unbleached wheat flour, cane sugar, yeast, salt
Allergy information: Contains Wheat

Coconut Panko

Bleached wheat flour, coconut, sugar, dextrose, yeast, salt, artificial flavor
Allergy information: Contains Wheat, Coconut

Tempura Batter Mix

Enriched unbleached wheat flour (flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), yellow corn flour, wheat starch, salt, baking powder, emulsifier, riboflavin.
Allergy information: Contains Wheat

Coconut Batter Mix

Enriched unbleached wheat flour (flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), yellow corn flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, artificial & natural coconut and rum flavors, non-fat dry milk, xanthan gum
Allergy information: Contains Wheat, Dairy, Coconut

No, all of our products are Zero Trans Fat.

Yes all our Panko breadcrumbs are Non-GMO and we do have Non-GMO Tempura batter mix available.

Yes, our products are Kosher Certified.

Yes, our products are Halal Certified.

If you are a qualified restaurant chef, restaurant owner, foodservice distributor or manufacturing plant, we can send you samples for testing. Please send us a sample request or call (213) 625-0038.

If you are a home consumer, we cannot ship samples to home addresses since our products are not available in retail stores. Try ordering a few bags of our top-selling, restaurant-quality items from our online store. We offer 100% customer satisfaction. We know you will like the improvement using an authentic Panko will bring to your favorite menus.

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Address: 411 Center Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Phone: (213) 625-0038
Fax: (213) 542-2412

Located in the heart of Los Angeles, our office and plant are easily accessible from the 110, 101, 10 and 5 freeways.