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Authentic Japanese Panko
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Authentic Japanese Panko Bread Crumbs

Not all Japanese Panko Bread Crumbs are created equal! Learn how and why an authentic Panko will make a noticeable difference on your menu. Take the challenge and elevate the quality of your menu by using an authentic Panko. Available in an All Natural formula and a wide range of granulation sizes.
Tempura Vegetables
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Tempura Batter Mix - Extra Crispy

Upper Crust Enterprises Tempura Batter Mix is extra crispy and will hold its crispy texture for extended periods. The secret is a blend of quality flours, and a secret ingredient from Japan, which produces a versatile extra crispy and lacy coating for your battered items. Since our Tempura batter mix is unseasoned, it is also great as a base batter for a wide variety of menu applications.
Fried Panko Shrimp on Skewer
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Seasoned Panko Blends

Our authentic Japanese Panko is blended with seasonings and other ingredients to create a light, crispy and flavorful coating. Try Caribbean Coconut Panko or Italian Seasoned Panko.
Tempura Fish Tacos
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Seasoned Batter Mix Blends

We have expanded our products to include Seasoned Batter Mixes. They include a Caribbean Coconut batter, which is perfect with Coconut Panko and Seasoned All Purpose Batter which can be made with water or beer and fantastic on fish, chicken, vegetables.
Panko Crusted Salmon
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Custom Blend Formulas

For large volume chain customers or industrial manufactures let our R&D department create your own custom blend Panko and batter blends. Put our R&D department to work in helping you create your next top selling menu item.
For over 35 years, Upper Crust Enterprises has been a leader in providing truly Authentic Gourmet Japanese Panko Bread Crumbs and Tempura Batter Mix to restaurants all over the world.

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  • Difference between Authentic Panko and Standard Bread Crumbs

    When it comes to bread crumbs, most of us are very familiar with the standard bread crumb. A kitchen staple, bread crumbs are always on-hand to use in many Italian favorites like Chicken Parmesan or adding to meatballs or meatloaf. But did you know there are significant differences between Authentic Panko bread crumbs and standard...
  • The Benefits of Authentic Panko

    The origins of what we know today as Authentic Panko, lie in 15th through 17th century feudal Japan. During this era, Portuguese sailing explorers and missionaries introduced wheat-based ‘pao duce’ (bread) to Japan, adding it to what had previously been a rice-based diet. The Japanese created something called ‘kasutera’, or castella cake that has a...
  • Tempura: “It’s What’s ‘On Trend!’

    If you’re looking for a few interesting ways to add more life to your menu, it might be as easy as combining some of today’s hottest menu trends with Authentic Japanese Tempura! For the past several years running, consumers remain interested in Asian inspired foods. Tempura is one of the more popular Asian menu items,...

Recipe Suggestions

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  • Tempura Fish Taco (Video)

    De-glaze fish (Cod, Pollock or Halibut) by rinsing in cold water and cut in strips. Dust fish in DRY Upper Crust Tempura Batter mix (code 07230) seasoned with Lemon Pepper, and Red Pepper powder shaking off excess. Dip in prepared Tempura batter made with beer instead of water and seasoned with lemon pepper and Red...
  • Panko Fish Sandwich (Video)

    Panko Fish Sandwich – Cut 3 ounce portions of a firm white fish such as Pacific cod. Instead of water, use ice cold beer to make the prepared Tempura Batter (code 07230) with the consistency of a thin pancake batter. Dust fish in dry Tempura Batter mix, dip in prepared Tempura Batter, and roll in...
  • Crispy Chicken Fingers (Video)

    Crispy Chicken Fingers – Start by seasoning your chicken tenders and cut into 1 oz portion size. Dust chicken in dry Tempura Batter mix (code 07230), dip in prepared Tempura Batter made with water and roll in Authentic Japanese Panko (code 01020) lightly pressing into the batter. Deep fry at 350° until golden brown. Can...

Frequently Asked Questions

Panko and Tempura Batter have a 12-month shelf life from the time of manufacture. When you receive our products, you will have at least 6 months of shelf life. Moisture is the biggest problem that will shorten the shelf life so product should be stored in a dry area. When the packages are opened, it should be stored in a tightly closed container. To increase the shelf life, the products can be frozen without affecting quality.

Consumer Panko

Bleached wheat flour, cane sugar, yeast, salt
Allergy information: Contains Wheat

Foodservice Restaurant Panko

Bleached wheat flour, shortening (palm oil), cane sugar, yeast, salt
Allergy Information: Contains Wheat

All Natural Panko

Unbleached wheat flour, cane sugar, yeast, salt
Allergy information: Contains Wheat

Coconut Panko

Bleached wheat flour, coconut, sugar, dextrose, yeast, salt, artificial flavor
Allergy information: Contains Wheat, Coconut

Tempura Batter Mix

Enriched unbleached wheat flour (flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), yellow corn flour, wheat starch, salt, baking powder, emulsifier, riboflavin.
Allergy information: Contains Wheat

Coconut Batter Mix

Enriched unbleached wheat flour (flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), yellow corn flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, artificial & natural coconut and rum flavors, non-fat dry milk, xanthan gum
Allergy information: Contains Wheat, Dairy, Coconut

No, all of our products are Zero Trans Fat.

Yes all our Panko breadcrumbs are Non-GMO and we do have Non-GMO Tempura batter mix available.

Yes, our products are Kosher Certified.

Yes, our products are Halal Certified.

If you are a qualified restaurant chef, restaurant owner, foodservice distributor or manufacturing plant, we can send you samples for testing. Please send us a sample request or call (213) 625-0038.

If you are a home consumer, we cannot ship samples to home addresses since our products are not available in retail stores. Try ordering a few bags of our top-selling, restaurant-quality items from our online store. We offer 100% customer satisfaction. We know you will like the improvement using an authentic Panko will bring to your favorite menus.

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Address: 411 Center Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
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Phone: (213) 625-0038
Fax: (213) 617-3080

Located in the heart of Los Angeles, our office and plant are easily accessible from the 110, 101, 10 and 5 freeways.

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