- 4 slices White Bread
- Salted Buttergood quality for spreading
- 100 ml Tomato Sauce (ketchup)3+1/2 fl oz
- 1 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 tablespoon Sake
- 1 tablespoon Mirin
- 2 teaspoons Gingerfresh, finely chopped
- 2 teaspoons Garlicfinely chopped
- 1 1/2 tablespoon Caster Sugarsuperfine
- 2 Chicken Thighs Bonelessskinless
- 70g Flourall-purpose 1/2 cup
- 1-2 Eggsfree-range, beaten
- 60 grams Panko Crumbsbreadcrumbs
- Vegetable Oilfor deep-frying
- 75 g Cabbagethinly shaved
- 1 tablespoon Rice Wine Vinegar
- 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Oil
It’s important to use really fresh white bread for these sandwiches. The katsu sauce will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a month, and also makes a terrific dipping sauce for prawns or Japanese tonkatsu dishes. Adjust the quantities if serving more people.
- Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat and bring to the boil, stirring occasionally.
- Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10–12 minutes, skimming off any foam that rises to the top.
- Remove from the heat and keep warm.
- Cut the chicken thighs in half and place between two pieces of plastic wrap. Use a rolling pin or the side of a pan to pound them to half their original thickness.
- Place the flour, eggs and panko crumbs in separate bowls.
- Season the chicken with salt and pepper and dip in the flour to coat. Dip into the egg, then the crumbs.
- Two-thirds fill a deep-fryer or large heavy-based saucepan with vegetable oil. Heat to 180ºC (350ºF), or until a cube of bread dropped into the oil turns golden brown in 15 seconds.
- Add the chicken and cook for 5–6 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked all the way through. Drain on paper towel.
- Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
- Spread the bread slices with the butter and katsu sauce.
- Top half the slices with the chicken pieces and a little cabbage salad, then sandwich the other bread slices on top.
- Cut the crusts off and cut the sandwiches in half. Serve immediately.
Makes 4 finger sandwiches