Tonkatsu sauce

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Tonkatsu pork with a side of tonkatsu sauce

Tonkatsu sauce is a thick sauce served with tonkatsu, the Japanese pork cutlet. It is a thick (viscosity over 2.0 pascal-second, per JAS standard) Japanese Worcestershire-type sauce. As with most Japanese Worcestershire sauces, it is vegetarian and similar to a brown sauce, with tomatoes, prunes, dates, apples, lemon juice, carrots, onions, and celery among its ingredients.[1][2]

The first Tonkatsu sauce was made in 1948 by Oliver Sauce Co., Ltd. of Hyogo Prefecture. While generally similar to a traditional brown sauce, it is vegetarian. The Bull-Dog brand of tonkatsu sauce, for example, is made from malt vinegar, yeast, and vegetable and fruit purees, pastes, and extracts.[3]

Currently, The most popular packaged condiment in eastern Japan is Bull-Dog sauce Co., Ltd products. Bull-Dog brand, created in 1935 and still made today by Bull-Dog Sauce Co., Ltd., Hatogaya, Japan, inventor of tonkatsu sauce.[4][non-primary source needed]


  1. ^ "Western Roots, Japanese Taste: Tonkatsu". Food Forum. Kikkoman. Archived from the original on 2011-04-04.
  2. ^ "About Tonkatsu". Bull-Dog Sauce Company. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  3. ^ Bull-Dog Tonkatsu Sauce nutrition label. Via "Bull Dog Tonkatsu Sauce". Ingredients: Water, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, distilled vinegar (made from alcohol), apple puree, salt, tomato paste, hydrolyzed vegetable protein (contains soy), modified cornstarch, carrots, spices, prune paste, yeast extract, onions, apricot puree
  4. ^ "About Bull-Dog Sauce". Bull-Dog Sauce Company.