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3 + 1 Sauce Recipes For Japanese Pork Cutlet; Tonkatsu Sauce, Miso Sauce, Easy Aurora Sauce

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Tonkatsu Sauce

Tonkatsu sauce, the name has been getting popular worldwide, it’s a type of Japanese-style Worcestershire sauce.

To be precise, it is almost a different sauce from the original British Worcestershire sauce.

You may think why crazy Japanese people are so obsessed with Worcestershire sauce (you know, it’s a tangy, sour, and unique flavor,) we call it Worcester sauce (usutar sauce) which is fully packed with natural sweetness and rich Umami flavor.

The unique taste of authentic British Worcestershire sauce is combined with vinegar, molasses, anchovies, garlic, tamarind extract, chili pepper extract, sugar, and salt, along with other secret ingredients.

Worcestershire sauce seems to be used as a condiment in the cooking process.

On the other hand, raw materials of Japanese Worcester sauce are varieties of vegetables and fruits, syrup, vinegar. Less spice, savory-sweet, refreshing vinegary, and delicious as itself.

So in Japan, it is used as a dipping sauce as well as a cooking condiment.

Tonkatsu sauce (Noukou sauce) is made for deep-fried foods. It’s thick and condensed with a savory natural sweet flavor, the food will not be watery because of its thickness.

For more details and homemade Tonkatsu sauce recipe, please check out this post!

Bulldog Tonkatsu Sauce For Busy Bees…

If you want to always stock Japanese Tonkatsu sauce in your kitchen, it is a good idea to buy a product that you can offer a 100% guarantee of the same thickness and the same savory taste.

Bull-Dog Sauce is a seasoning manufacturer headquartered in Tokyo.

For over 120 years, “Bulldog sauce” has been loved mainly in the eastern side of Japan. (From Nagano through Hokkaido.)

The company produces mainly a variety of Worcester sauces, including three types of Worcester sauces and cooking sauces for “Okonomiyaki” and “Yakisoba” based on Worcester sauce.

Use Miso Sauce To Make Tonkatsu Nagoya-Style

Tonkatsu sauce is enough appealing for Japanese pork cutlets, I personally recommend Japanese Miso sauce, oh, because I am from the Nagoya area.

Besides, a Japanese pork cutlet with Miso sauce is called “Nagoya-style Tonkotsu” / “Miso-Katsu”.

Why does it call “Nagoya Style”???

As the feature of local cuisine in the central regions – Aichi, Gifu, and Mie prefectures often use “red miso”, “Miso Nikomi Udon” and “Miso Katsu” is already popular in Japan.

Speaking of “Miso Katsu”(味噌カツ), the pork culet with Miso sauce is one of the popular “Nagoya Meshi” (名古屋めし), mostly you can find it only in the central region. (You can find one in a major city but it is not easy as in the central region.)

To make Nagoya-style Miso sauce, red miso called “Aka miso” in Japanese is the best, you still can use “mixed miso” called “Awase Miso” if Aka miso is not available.

Miso Sauce is a traditional all-purpose sauce that is great to keep in your fridge for any veggie recipes, salads, grilled, steamed, and stir-frying.

For more details and homemade Nagoya-style sweet miso sauce recipe, please check out this post!

The Easy Aurora Sauce

As you know, Aurora sauce is a creamy tomato-based sauce that is often served with meat, seafood, and egg dishes. It is the one of mother sauces in France, made by adding tomato puree (paste) to béchamel sauce.

Somehow, aurora sauce in Japan is a sauce made from mayonnaise and tomato ketchup. (and sometimes added Japanese Worcester sauce.)

This combined with each rich flavor of Mayonnaise and tomato ketchup sauce goes well with a variety of foods such as vegetables, meat, and seafood.

Needless to say, it’s great for deep-fried food including pork cutlet, chicken nuggets, and potato croquet.

Also, it’ll always make kids happy.

the easy aurora sauce, illustration

Japanese-Style Easy Aurora Sauce

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Cuisine Japanese


  • ½ cup Japanese Mayonnaise
  • ½ cup Tomato Ketchup *Heinz preferred
  • A few dashes of Worcestershire sauce or tonkatsu sauce *optional
  • Hot sauce *optional
  • ½ TSP grated garlic *optional
  • Fresh ground black pepper *optional


  • Simply, Mix the equal volume of Japanese mayonnaise and tomato ketchup.
  • You can arrange by adding a dash of Worcestershire sauce or tabasco hot sauce.
  • You can add freshly grated garlic if desired.
Keyword condiment, Easy, Mayo, Sauce

Japanese Style Tartar Sauce

Not only deep-fried seafood such as fried oysters, clams, shrimp, fish… (Woo, yum!), french fries, fried okra, fried green tomatoes…tartar sauce also goes well with a pork cutlet.

Tartar sauce has been around in many countries today, it was first marketed in Japan in 1966, and the sauce became popular with the spread of Yoshoku, which refers to a style of Western-influenced (American & European) cooking.

Japanese tartar sauce has also a wide variety of recipes, and often Japanese pickles are used instead of pickles and capers.

The most appealing Japanese tartar sauce is a diced boiled egg, so it is really filling your stomach.

In fact, there is the Japanese dish called “Chicken Nanban”, which is the chicken cutlet dipped in a sweet teriyaki-like sauce served with Tartar sauce.

Nevertheless, when it is called Japanese tartar sauce, use Japanese Mayo!

For more details and a homemade Japanese chunky tartar sauce recipe, please check out this post!

Final Notes

Tonkatsu is one of the popular main dishes in Japan, thus the sauce with it has been invented from region to region.

Generally, Worcestershire sauce or Tonkatsu sauce is preferred for deep-fried food including Tonkatsu throughout Japan, however, in the central region, Miso sauce is more popular and A1 sauce is very common in Okinawa prefecture.

It is interesting the Japanese Worcester sauce evolved uniquely from the original British sauce, and the Japanese are looking forward to new uses and recipes that may emerge from it.

So I am hoping you find the new favorite dipping sauce when you read this post and try it!

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