Tonkatsu vs. Tonkotsu

You say potato, I say po-tot-oh, you say tonKATsu, I say tonKOTsu. Tonkatsu, tonkotsu, tonkatsu, tonkotsu....



No, no, and no, you’re killing my inner happy self. It’s not just a difference of opinion on the pronunciation because it’s actually two different things. “You people”, come on, if it’s:

  • Pork (ton) cutlet, it’s “tonkatsu“.
  • Chicken (chikin) is “chikinkatsu“.
  • Minced beef/pork (menchi) is “menchikatsu“.

All three are deep fried after being dredged in flour, egg, and breaded in “panko” which is Japanese bread crumbs.


Yes, “they’re”, “their”, “there”, “your”, “you’re” are confusing, but at least when you get those wrong you won’t end up with the wrong order.

  • Kotsu” means roughly “bone stock”.
Deep fried breaded pork cutlet

Hopefully by this point you might be starting to realize that this isn’t ramen (don’t be asking where’s the noodles). If it’s sinking in, pat yourself on the back although don’t get too cocky because we still need to discuss macaroon and macaron (not the same either).

Pork bone broth based ramen

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