Over the past several years Japanese panko fried foods, like Katsu and Sandos, have seen an incredible increase in popularity. Food & Wine® speculates their popularity will continue to increase throughout the year. And why not? Few can resist a golden fried cutlet, which is one of the leading reasons Japanese Katsu (crispy coated pork or chicken) is gaining so much attention and finding its way onto many menus.
The delicious comfort quality goodness makes Katsu perfectly positioned to attract a wide range of customers, and its versatility allows chefs creative ways to build their menus. Everyone is winning!
The Difference between Japanese Panko Fried Foods and Standard Fried
The essential difference between Katsu and other styles of breaded cutlets is Katsu must be made with Panko. The crispy light delicate texture of Panko is what makes this dish so satisfying and delicious.
Your choice of Panko is important if you plan on adding Katsu or any Panko fried foods to your menu. Not all Panko brands are authentic and to achieve the true delicate light crispy outer texture of Japanese Katsu your choice of Panko is the key to your success.
Authentic Panko Compared to Standard Panko
If you didn’t know there was a difference between standard foodservice Panko and Authentic Panko, don’t feel bad, many food professionals don’t. 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 texture crumb, never hard or dense. Just touching the Panko you can feel the difference. The delicate flaky sliver shape of an Authentic Panko crumb is what allows it to provide more highlights and also makes the coated food item look bigger, without adding an overly breaded taste.
An Authentic Japanese Panko will also have a simple, clean, non-GMO ingredient list, ideal for any dish – including plant-based and vegan menus as well.
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 adding Japanese Fried Foods – don’t settle for a standard Panko. You can trust a truly authentic Japanese Panko to deliver the results your customers crave.
To learn more and see how Authentic Panko is made take a virtual plant tour Panko the Secrets Revealed – it’s a fascinating process.
Your Source for a Truly Authentic Japanese Panko
Upper Crust Enterprises has been producing Authentic Japanese Panko for more than 40 years. Our Authentic Japanese Panko is produced in the USA using USA-supplied ingredients. The majority of our Panko is sold to Japanese and Asian restaurant chefs worldwide, however, because of the versatility and authentic quality of our products, we have become increasingly popular in a wide range of multi-cultural restaurants, from Italian Bistros to many major chain restaurants.
Exclusively for Professional Chef and Food Distributors
We invite all professional chefs and food distributors to try a free sample of Authentic Japanese Panko. Compare and experience the differences first hand.
We guarantee Upper Crust Enterprises Authentic Japanese Panko will:
- Taste lighter and crispy.
- Have a delicate crispy texture that stays crispy longer.
- Provides a better yield than standard Panko.
- Deliver a better plate presentation making coating items look bigger but not taste bready
At Upper Crust Enterprises, we not only care about the flavor of your finished dishes, but we also take great care in selecting the ingredients we use to make our products. Our Authentic Japanese Panko and Tempura Batter Mix are and have always been produced using high quality GMO-Free, locally sourced, and tested ingredients. We strictly follow the customary production methods from Japan, passed down for generations and we proudly produce all our products in the USA.
Upper Crust Enterprises Authentic Japanese Panko breadcrumbs are also available in All Natural formula. All of our Panko is certified GMO Free, Vegan, Kosher and Halal.
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