Wagamama is a real favourite of ours, they offer such great service for the allergy family and we always have a fantastic experience, plus they’ve recently removed peanuts from the premises which is such a reassurance. Before lockdown we were regular Wagamama visitors, but even so we also had our own version at home. Everyone loves a Katsu in this house! So much so we had Wagamama at home last Friday, featuring paper table mats for the order to be scribbled on!
The other week Wagamama very kindly started posting their own recipes on Instagram so their fans don’t have to miss out too badly and we’ve been hungrily waiting for the bang bang cauliflower and to see if my Katsu is anything like the real thing. The bang bang cauliflower is really banging, delicious but super spicy with the chilli flakes in tablespoons!! Funnily the Katsu is quite similar to mine but has coconut and a different combination of spices, we actually prefer our usual home version! So here’s my Katsu, probably the least authentic recipe ever but one that is delicious and is definitely worth a go. Let me know what you think? If you eat chicken then you can always simply replace the sweet potato with breadcrumbed chicken.
Katsu Curry my way
(dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, sesame-free, vegetarian and vegan)
1 or 2 sweet potatoes, sliced 2-3mm thick
4 tbsp plain flour
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
for the sauce:
2 tbsp flavourless oil
1 onion, chopped
1 clove of garlic, minced
3cm piece of ginger, minced
2 tbsp mild curry powder
1 tsp turmeric
2 tbsp plain flour
450ml or 2 cups of vegetable stock
1 to 2 tsp honey or maple syrup
1 to 2 tsp soy sauce
salt to taste
- First prepare the sweet potato but blanching the slices in boiling water for 2 minutes. Set aside to cool.
- To make the sauce: heat the oil and fry off the onion until soft (cut finely if you like a chunky sauce, we like smooth so i sieve the bits out and so roughly chopped is fine)
- add the garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant. stir int he curry powder and turmeric and cook out for a minute
- Next add the flour and again cook for a few minutes to get rid of any raw flour taste. Gradually add the stock a bit by bit and keep stirring until the sauce has thickened nicely.
- Add the soy sauce and honey/syrup. Taste and add more of either, plus salt if required. Sieve to remove the onion (if you like) and then set aside to keep warm whilst sweet potato is cooked
- Place 2 tbsp flour in one bowl, 2 tbsp flour mixed with 2 tbsp water (to make a thin batter) in another bowl and the panko in a third bowl.
- Dip each sweet potato slice into the flour, then the batter, then the breadcrumbs.
- Once they are all coated add a generous amount of oil to a frying pan (to cover the base) and heat. Fry the sweet potato slices until golden on both sides and then keep warm in a low oven (160 degrees Centigrade) until they all are cooked through
- Serve with rice and salad