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

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,

Panko (Japanese breadcrumbs) is a unique breadcrumb 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

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 Processors (Mrs. Friday’s fish company) and

Authentic Panko out of the Grinder

Upper Crust Enterprises, Inc. shares the history, making and uses for their traditional Japanese Panko Breadcrumbs 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.

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