[Yuri’s mom places the Yu-topia katsudon meal in front of Victor]
Victor: Wow! Amazing!
Yuri’s Mom: Our specialty, katsudon, extra large!
Victor [takes a bite]: Vkusno! Delicious! Too good for words! Is this what the gods eat?
[Yuri’s mom giggles & skips away in the background]
Yuri [blushing]: I’m glad you like it.
—”Yuri!!! on Ice”, Episode 2
Yuri’s Yu-topia Katsudon!
- 1 Pork Cutlet, about 1/2″ thick
- Salt & Pepper
- 1/4 Cup Flour
- 2 Eggs
- 1/4 Cup Panko
- Oil for frying (I use canola oil)
- 1/4 Cup Dash Stock (1/2 tsp. dash powder dissolved in 1/4 cup water)
- 1/2 Tbsp. Soy Sauce
- 1 Tbsp. Aji Mirin
- 1/2 Tbsp. Sugar
- 1/4 Onion, julienned
- 1 Cup Cooked White Rice (or, however much you want)
- 1 Tbsp. Fresh or Frozen Peas (thawed)
In a heavy-bottomed pan, bring about 1″ or so of canola oil to a steady 350ºF. Rinse the pork & pat it dry with a paper towel. Score with a sharp knife, & then sprinkle a little salt & pepper on both sides.
Put the flour, 1 egg (beaten), & panko crumbs into 3 seperate bowls. Dredge the pork cutlet in flour first, then dip in egg, & then coat well in panko. Reserve the unused egg for later in the recipe.
Carefully place the breaded cutlet into the heated oil. Cook until deep golden brown & crispy, turning to evenly cook both sides, about 4 mins total (make sure the temperature is stable!). Remove the tonkatsu to a paper towel-lined wire rack.
In a small pan, stir together the dashi stock, mirin, soy sauce, sugar, & cut onions. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved & the onions are tender.
Beat the second egg with the left over egg you used for breading the cutlet.
Cut the tonkatsu into diagonal strips, about 3/4″ wide. Slide the knife under the cut tonkatsu, & then slide the whole thing into the pan onto the sauce & onions. Pour the beaten egg over the tonkatsu, & then cover the pan & let cook until the eggs are set, about a minute or 2.
Put the cooked rice into a serving bowl, & then slide the contents of the pan onto the top of it. Sprinkle with peas & enjoy!
“I want to eat katsudon with you, Victor. I want to keep winning and keep on eating katsudon! So I’ll skate to Eros! I’ll give it all the Eros I’ve got!”
—Yuri Katsuki, “Yuri!!! on Ice”, Episode 2
Yuri: I’m going to become a super tasty katsudon, so please watch me! Promise!
[Yuri & Victor hug]
Victor: Of course. I love katsudon.
Announcer [during Yuri’s performance]: What a seductive step sequence. It’s hard to believe he’s imagining katsudon!
Victor [after the performance, embracing Yuri]: Yuri! That was the tastiest katsudon I’ve ever seen! Wonderful!
—”Yuri!!! on Ice”, Episode 3
“I’m a katsudon fatale that enthralls men.”
—Yuri Katsuki, “Yuri!!! on Ice”, Episode 3