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August 04, 2005



Reid - That looks as about perfect as it gets, great job!


I love this! I haven't eaten this in ages!

Transparent Reality

I need to get more oil for deep-frying. Better yet, I need to use something other than a wok, which is too uneven.

Hunger pangs at 2AM really gets to me. :/


oh, I am definitely going to make this. I love anything with the word croquette, rice ones, potato ones.. But the beef ones sound even better!

clare eats

I have this line where I wont deepfry stuff at home.... I can see that it would be a sliding slope from there.. but I bet this would be ok baked... I will give it ago and let you know!


Hi Kirk,

Thanks for the compliment. It made a nice dinner. =)

Hi Trisha,

I love menchi katsu too, but I normally don't make it at home. I think I'm going to start making it more though especially since it's so easy.

Hi Allen,

I know what you mean about the hunger pangs, especially if I'm reading food blogs early in the morning or very late at night.

Hi Michele,

This is a really simple recipe and it tastes really good too. If you do try this, I'd be interested to know how it went.

Hi Clare,

You might be able to get away with baking these, but I'm not sure how crunchy they will be. If you do decide to make this, I'd be interested in knowing how they turn out.


Yum! Thanks Reid for the recipe. I usually buy them from Isetan and now I have the recipe, I'm going to give it a try at home.


Oh these are so good. I love them, I should practice making them but usually Jo makes them...hehehe I just mooch off hers! ;P


::laughing:: There it is Mills! Yea Reid, I've become a menchi katsu expert of sorts... ::grins crookedly:: how do you suppose that happened?

I use rice instead of the breadcrumbs, makes them moister. I also use some finely minced bacon (Dittmer's of course), ham is also awesome. The last batch I made included Sichuan bean and chili paste (Kirk, Clare, Mills, did you see that?)

As for serving, I use Heinz 57 sauce and garden tomatoes. Oh man, talk about an incredible flavor combo!

Clare, if you are going to bake them, I suggest spraying the tops with "Pam". In case you guys don't have "Pam as a norm, here is a weblink for information:


Yum yum! Menchi katsu is new to me, but what a delicious-looking intro, Reid. :)


hi reid, i love japanese-style croquette - yours looks as perfect as they come! thanks for sharing the recipe...cheers,j


hi Reid!

mmmmm looks so good and ono!! thanks for the recipe! i got those ingredients in the fridge! hehehe it's been a while since making any type of katsu for me... my wife will love this!! :)


Oh you've GOT to try this Julia! It's outstanding! ::goes to the freezer to get out a couple for later::

Don't forget to serve with fresh tomatoes.

You know Reid, back home "Fried Green Tomatoes" are done with a corn meal coating. I think I'm going to try a panko style coating and do it up with some menchi. Gads, it must be lunch time!


Hi boo_licious,

You're welcome. If you end up making these, let me know how you like them. The original recipe that I got from someone contained milk, which I didn't like at all. I ended up substituting Kewpie brand mayonaisse and thought it tasted much better.

Hi Milgwimper,

Ooooh...mooching. That sounds like a good idea. But you should really learn to make this. It's not difficult. =)

Hi Jo,

How did I know that was going to happen? *wink*

Hi Julia,

Thank you! You can usually find this at most Japanese restaurants that serve croquettes. They might be called hamburger croquette. Here it is sometimes listed as hamburger katsu.

Hi J,

Thank you so much. I love croquettes too. Next time I think I'm going to make my favorites -- crab cream. =)

Hi Reggie,

Thank you...and you're welcome! I hope you get a chance to make this. It's really quick and simple. It's like coating a hamburger with panko and then frying. Hope you and your wife enjoy this!

Hi Jo,

If you make fried green tomatoes with panko, then they will be tomato tempura (or something like that). I've only had fried green tomatoes with cornmeal so I'm anxious to see how it will turn out. I'll wait to see the full report INCLUDING photos on your blog! =)


::laughing:: You are SO mean to me! =oP MILLSWORTH! HE'S DOING IT AGAIN! We need to do this with the Black Krims & the Aunt Rubys for color contrast. The Krims go from neon red centers to purple black edges and the ARs are chartreuse. Gorgeous together on a latter with roasted peppers, olive oil, capers, and just a squeeze of lemon...


Hi Jo,

Mean? Me? =)

Everything you talk about sounds so wonderful, I would love to enjoy those things through your eyes. That's why I really would like to see some photos from you. =) do have some wonderful ideas... =)


::laughing:: I just wish the rest of my body would get as active as my mind! I sit here typing away with all these yummy ideas then stand up, go to the kitchen and wonder what the heck I'm gonna do for dinner!


Hi Jo,

Don't worry, I get that way sometimes too. But I don't usually get so creative with what I consider to be traditional recipes! =)


This was delicious!
I made it last night, the whole family loved it!
Thanks so much for the recipe!

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