Glossary - Ingredients

Panko/Japanese breadcrumbs


Crumbs of crushed fresh bread. Popular internationally as Japanese breading for frying


Panko is a Japanese style of breadcrumb made from "shokupan" (standard Japanese white bread) crushed into big crumbs, which adds a nice crunch to fried foods like "tonkatsu" (pork cutlets) or "ebi fry" (fried shrimp). It is also sold as "panko" overseas! Breadcrumbs normally used in Western cuisine are made of crackers or dried bread, which gives a crunchier texture due to its fine, hard pieces.


There are two types of panko breadcrumbs: dry breadcrumbs contain less than 14% moisture, while fresh breadcrumbs contain more moisture. Fresh panko absorb more oil.


Fresh panko can be stored at room temperature before opening, and frozen after opening. Put dried panko into an airtight container and store at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

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