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Katsudon and Miso soup
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Sauce katsudon in Tsuruga, Fukui

Katsudon (カツ丼?) is a popular Japanese food, a bowl of rice topped with a deep-fried pork cutlet, egg, and condiments.

The dish takes its name from the Japanese words tonkatsu (for pork cutlet) and donburi (for rice bowl dish).

It has become a modern ritual tradition for Japanese students to eat katsudon the night before taking a major test or school entrance exam. This is because "katsu" is a homophone of the verb 勝つ katsu, meaning "to win" or "to be victorious". It also a famous gag of Japanese police films, many people think that suspects will spoke out truth with tears when they had eaten katsudon and being asked that "Did you ever thought the feeling of your mother?", even nowadays, the gag of "We must eat Katsudon while interrogating." is very popular in different Japanese films.


Variations include sauce katsudon (with Worcestershire sauce), demi katsudon (with demi-glace and often green peas, a specialty of Okayama), shio-katsudon (with salt, another Okayama variety), shōyu-dare katsudon (with soy sauce, Niigata style), and miso-katsudon (a favorite in Nagoya). Beef (gyū-katsu) and chicken (oyakodon) can substitute for the pork.

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