With all of the uncertainty in 2020, we are thankful for things that remain steadfast and unwavering – like crispy comfort food. Fried chicken is still at the top of the list (for now), but there’s a new favorite crispy comfort food winning over the hearts of restaurant patrons. Katsu. A long-time favorite comfort food of Japan has made it’s way onto American menus and has been a source of inspiration for many new appetizers and entree’s.
Over the past few years Authentic Japanese foods have seen a steady growth in popularity, so it’s not a surprise Katsu would be a new American favorite. After all, who can resist a tasty, satiating golden fried cutlet? Its comfort quality awesomeness makes Katsu a perfect addition to any menu, attracting a wide range of customers. Not only is this dish tasty, it’s versatile and allows chefs to use their creative genius, building their menus while wowing their customers.
The Difference of Katsu and European-style Breaded Cutlets
An authentic Katsu must be prepared using panko, never breadcrumbs. Using anything else changes your dish from Katsu to just another ordinary breaded cutlet. Panko, and only Panko, will provide the light and crispy texture that makes Katsu authentic and so deliciously satisfying. It’s also important to use high quality authentic Japanese ingredients, using an authentic Panko is critical to the success when adding Katsu to your menu. Not all Panko brands are authentic and if you want the true delicate light crispy outer texture of Japanese Katsu, choose an Authentic Panko. Do you know if your Panko is authentic?
Authentic Panko Compared to Standard Panko
We hear all too often “Panko? It’s all the same right?” Wrong. The difference between Authentic Panko and standard Panko is significant.
Authentic Panko is easy to spot. It is all about texture and shape. Authentic Panko has a delicate light textured crumb, never hard or dense. Simply touch the Panko and you can feel the difference. An authentic panko has characteristics that are very unique:
- Authentic Panko has many tiny air pockets in each crumb. Those air pockets are what provide the delicate crispy texture. The air pockets hold hot oil into the crumb during frying, and then allow the hot oil to drain out when removed from the fryer. The food is crispy with a hard coating and has less greasy oily taste.
- The flaky and silver shaped crumb provides more highlights and coverage for coated items, making them look bigger without tasting dense and hard.
It’s these unique characteristics that allow an Authentic Panko to stay crisp longer and hold up to hot oil better than standard foodservice brands, without the oily or greasy taste.
Many standard Panko brands do not use traditional quality ingredients and rush the process – completely missing the main elements that make an Authentic Panko a superior product, thus resulting in a hard dense coating.
If your restaurant is planning on increasing your crispy comfort food menu items – don’t settle for a standard Panko. Throw out the hard and dense and trust only an authentic Panko for your culinary masterpieces. Light and crispy, without an “overly oily” taste, you can trust a truly authentic Japanese Panko to deliver the results your customers crave.
Once you’ve discovered there is a remarkable difference in an Authentic Panko, try expanding from Katsu to your own version of German schnitzel, Mexican Milanese, using an Authentic Panko.
To learn more and see how Authentic Panko is made take a virtual plant tour Panko the Secrets Revealed – it’s actually a fascinating process.
Your Source for Authentic Japanese Panko
Upper Crust Enterprises has proudly provided Authentic Panko to restaurants and professional chefs for more than 35 years. Our traditional Authentic Japanese Panko is produced in the USA with USA supplied ingredients. The majority of our Panko is sold to Japanese and Asian restaurants worldwide; however, because of our authentic quality Upper Crust Enterprises Authentic Panko has increasingly become more popular in a wide range of restaurants, from Italian Bistros to major chain restaurants.
Experience A Truly Authentic Japanese Panko – Free Sample
We personally invite you (Professional Chefs, Restaurants and food distributors) to try Upper Crust Enterprises Authentic Japanese Panko – FREE.
Experience firsthand the difference Authentic Japanese Panko will have on your menu items.
We guarantee Upper Crust Enterprises Authentic Panko will:
- Taste lighter and crispy.
- Have a delicate crispy texture that stays crispy longer.
- Provide a better yield than standard Panko.
- Deliver a better plate presentation, making coating items look bigger without the “bready” taste.
Upper Crust Enterprises authentic Japanese Panko breadcrumbs are available exclusively to Professional Chefs, Restaurants (large or small) and Food Distributors.