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Tonkatsu sauce Japanese sauces
  • Tonkatsu sauce Japanese sauces
  • Tonkatsu sauce Japanese sauces
  • Tonkatsu sauce Japanese sauces

Tonkatsu sauce

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Tonkatsu has been a popular Japanese specialty since 1899! But did you know that the famous Japanese Tonkatsu sauce has its roots in the creation of the first English Worcester sauce factory, the Dohman Seasoning Research Institute, in Japan in 1923?

This sauce, imported via the port of Kobe, spread throughout Japan with European culinary culture. However, people began to seek a thicker, richer and more familiar taste in Japan. In 1948, it used corn starch.

Sauce developed at this time was Japan's first No-ko (thick, rich) sauce, called Tonkatsu Sauce. Very popular, this sauce then invaded many restaurants specializing in Okonomiyaki and Takoyaki...


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Tonkatsu is a thin slice of tender pork loin or loin, breaded and fried to a perfect crisp. Word “Ton” comes from "pork" and Katsu is an abbreviation of Katsuretsu, derived from English word "cutlet".

Tonkatsu is always eaten with at least some freshly grated white cabbage and its famous tonkatsu sauce, which is tangy, sweet-salty and richly spiced. Unlike major manufacturers, our tonkatsu sauce, presented here, meets production requirements based on taste preservation.

Basic stock is made under high pressure, combining celery, onions, carrots and spices. Vegetables are cooked whole, with their skins, to preserve their rich umami flavor and high nutritional value. Then tomatoes and unrefined sugar are added to enhance the flavors.

Vinegar, cloves, pepper and hot chilli pepper are added at the end of the process. No chemical seasonings, colorings or thickeners are used. Vegetables and fruit are grown locally, and apples and tomatoes are used to thicken mixture. No artificial sweeteners are used, and local persimmons are used to add depth to sweet taste.

For this sauce, you'll appreciate the slick texture, creaminess, sweetness, reduced fruit and vegetable notes, vinegary accents and hints of meaty accents. It is thicker and sweeter than chuno sauce.

Tokyo, Japan
200 ml
Glass bottle
28% fruits and vegetables (apple, tomato, persimmon, onion, carrot, celery), sugar, water, vinegar, salt, corn starch, spices (cloves, pepper, red pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, bay leaf, thyme, sage, garlic, caraway, Jamaica berry, fennel).
refrigerate after opening

Pole Star is a long-established manufacturer of condiments and sauces, and the creator of Higashimurayama's yakisoba noodles with squid ink, a famous local dish.

Founded in 1850, company began by brewing soy sauce under the Sakurai brand.

Around 100 years after its foundation, supermarkets began to spring up all over Japan.

This changed the demand for industrial food products, putting artisanal products at a disadvantage.

In 1977, our artisan took the name Pole Star and specialized in making sauces and condiments from carefully selected ingredients, without the use of any colorants or additives.

Two products stood out: yakiniku sauce with a base of home-brewed soy sauce (high quality and very expensive at the time, but it sold well thanks to the cooperation of a familiar miso wholesaler and the sympathy of the company's customers) and Higashimurayama's yakisoba stir-fried noodle black sauce with squid ink (also made with black sake, a specialty of Kagoshima Prefecture). This suave, spicy and richly flavored sauce is used by around a hundred restaurants in the city, and is a firm fixture in everyday dishes).

By 1978, Japan was in the midst of a period of growth in the restaurant industry.

Most meals at home were becoming westernized, and demand for specific sauces was growing. Pole Star converted from the soy sauce brewing industry to the manufacture of complete seasonings. 

Today, company manufactures 250 types of seasoning a year, from products for home use to those for professional use, while maintaining a particular ethic: 

- To produce only delicious sauces 

- Focus on raw materials, manufacturing and quality control to maintain reasonable prices.


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