Baked Tonkatsu with Cabbage and Pickled Ginger

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This is not a recipe.
Not really, anyway.

Tonkatsu is thin slices of pork that is breaded in panko and seasonings and then fried.  This version that my brother made was instead baked in the oven and only lightly misted with oil.  (Can you tell we are related?)  We also added katsu sauce to the tonkatsu, which tastes heavily of ginger and deliciousness.

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As side dishes we had rice, cabbage that had been shredded and soaked in salt water, pickled ginger, and Japanese cucumber slices in a dressing made primarily of mayonnaise.  We each also had a small bowl of miso soup.  As far as I can tell, you can pretty much put anything in miso soup and still call it miso soup.  The only requirements seem to be water and miso, which is fermented soybean/rice paste.  Sounds delicious, right?  It actually is rather good, if a bit salty.  Our soup had spinach, green onion, and tofu in it also.

Miso soup.
Miso soup.

In case you were wondering, yes I did use chopsticks.  I am terrible at wielding chopsticks.  I do manage to get the food to my mouth, which is the important thing, but the process is quite…messy.  🙂

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