Eating Down the Fridge: Day 2 / by Alice Zhao

It's day 2 of the Eating Down the Fridge challenge and we're still going strong.  Tonight Jared made Katsu Curry, which is a fried panko-crusted pork cutlet with a Japanese curry.  Soooo good.  It's no wonder I've gained so much weight since our wedding last year!


4 cubes of Japanese instant curry
3 stalks of celery
1 medium carrot
1 medium onion
1 russet potato
1/2 cup of ham (optional)
Pork Cutlet
4 slices of pork loin about 1/4 in thick
1 egg
panko bread crumbs
salt and pepper
oil for frying
okonomi sauce (optional)
Recipe: Curry
  • large dice the onion, carrots, celery and potato
  • heat a pan on medium high heat and add 1 tsb of oil
  • saute the vegetable and ham until the onion is translucent
  • add enough water to submerge the vegetables
  • add the cubed potatoes and the curry cubes
  • turn the heat to low and simmer for about 15-20 mins until the potatoes are done
  • be sure to stir ocassionally so the curry does not burn
  • add salt and pepper to taste

Recipe: Pork Cutlet
  • pound the pork with a mallot to tenderize the meat (i cover the the pork with a piece of saran wrap so as to avoid getting pork juice everywhere)
  • sprinkle salt and pepper on the meat
  • in a bowl, mix one egg and 2 tsb of water together
  • in a cast iron pan or a fryer, bring the oil temperature to 350 F
  • dip the pork cutlet into the egg wash, then coat it evenly with the bread crumbs
  • fry the pork cutlets about 5 mins per side until golden brown
  • drizzle with okonomi sauce prior to serving

Makes 4 servings, just enough for lunch tomorrow!

I'll be honest, though.  I'm a little worried about what we might end up eating by day 5 of this challenge... =P
Gone from the pantry: Our supply of Japanese curry, celery, panko and the pork loin. Wahoo!