June 5th, 2012

Ratatouille: Chef's Toque

Pork Tonkatsu and Fried Rice Dinner

This is the dinner I prepared Sunday. My first time doing a tonkatsu preparation though that's certainly similar to other battered foods I've made. Still, I was rather pleased how this came together.

Tonkatsu pork served over vegetable fried rice with a side of dry sauteed squash and an egg

One of the nice things about this meal is that it's all inexpensive ingredients; there's nothing fancy in here. For the tonkatsu, one thin-cut pork chop battered with egg and panko bread crumbs and seasonings. The fried rice is jasmine rice and a frozen veggie mix (supplemented with an extra can of baby corn because we all like that) and soy sauce and five spice powder. Plus squash and an egg for sides.

The dry sauteed squash is not a traditional preparation. I'll admit the squash gets a little soggy. But I really like the flavor you get with it -- a bit of a grilled note under the soy and garlic.

Very satisfying meal, overall. Took a bit of preparation for the tonkatsu but otherwise it was pretty much brought together quickly.

(BTW, credit to kit_ping for the yummy photo!)