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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, to create 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, an All Purpose Spicy Coating mix, great as a pre-batter or country style coating, 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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  • Panko Bread Crumbs (Japanese Bread Crumbs)

    Panko is a unique bread crumb that is used in many Japanese dishes as a coating for baked and fried foods. Panko has become popular in all types of menus because of it’s versatility in the kitchen. It adds a light crispy texture to coated items and it is frequently used as a top crusting,...
  • Upper Crust Enterprises Panko. Authentically Japanese, Made in the USA.

    Upper Crust Enterprises is an American company and our story is uniquely American.  We’re a company founded in California by the sons of Japanese immigrants. Our origins are in post-war California.  It was 1955.  After the war, Masashi Kawaguchi, a successful entrepreneur and Japanese-American internment company survivor, founded Fishking Processor...
  • Panko Bread Crumbs: The Secrets Revealed (Video)

    Upper Crust Enterprises, Inc. shares the history, making and uses for their traditional Japanese Panko Bread Crumbs and Tempura Batter Mix. Chapters: History of Panko, Our Process, Who is Upper Crust, Menu Applications. Learn how to make: Chicken Katsu or Tonkatsu, Award-Winning Onion Rings, and Top Crusted Crispy Baked Chicken or Fish....

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)

    Menu Secrets from Our Kitchen – quick and easy menu application ideas from Upper Crust Enterprises. Remember use only Authentic Japanese Panko bread crumbs and Tempura batter from Upper Crust Enterprises in your kitchen....
  • Crispy Chicken Fingers (Video)

    Menu Secrets from Our Kitchen – quick and easy menu application ideas from Upper Crust Enterprises. Remember use only Authentic Japanese Panko bread crumbs and Tempura batter from Upper Crust Enterprises in your kitchen....

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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