3 Simple Ways Japanese Panko can Elevate Your Menu

Japanese panko recipesPanko is too often associated as “just a crispy coating” for fried food.  Nothing could be further from the truth. An authentic Japanese Panko is more versatile than you might think – it could possibly be one of the most versatile ingredients in your pantry! As professional chefs consistently strive to elevate their craft, something as simple as Panko could prove to be a powerful and versatile ingredient in taking menu items to a new level.

Here are three easy ideas of how Panko can change the ordinary to extraordinary.

  1. Panko as a Crispy Coating. An authentic Japanese Panko will add a light-airy crispy texture to fried items without an oily taste. A good quality authentic Panko  will release oil after frying which helps keeps sogginess at bay, giving your menu item an extra appealing plate presentation in addition to a light crispy taste.
  1. Top Crusting with Panko.  Panko is an excellent top coating for baked fish or chicken, on casseroles, macaroni and cheese and even desserts. Panko’s light and airy texture is worlds away from the heavy, overly bready taste of standard bread crumbs that overpower the flavor of your dish. Authentic Panko is flavor neutral so it adds the texture and crispiness you want without changing the flavor. That is why you can even use our authentic Japanese Panko as a dessert topping.
  1. Use Panko as a Mix-in and Stuffing. Authentic Japanese Panko helps retain moisture without adding a bready flavor, making it excellent to use as a mix-in for meatballs, meatloaf, crab cakes hamburgers, fish cakes, inside ravioli and sausages. Any recipe that needs moisture control will work perfectly with Panko. Additionally, Panko also makes an incredibly light stuffing for mushrooms and fish.

Authentic Japanese Panko vs Commercial Brands

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Authentic Panko vs. Standard Breadcrumbs

The texture of the crumbs is very important in the way it performs. There are many commercial brands of Panko, so it’s important to know what to look for and understand not all Panko is created equal. Panko is a simple ingredient but to achieve the results you desire,  only a truly authentic Japanese panko will make it possible.

For over 35 years Upper Crust Enterprises has been making Authentic Japanese Panko for customers all over the world. The secret is our traditional Japanese methods in blending, baking, elongated drying process, and grinding of our Authentic Japanese Panko bread crumbs. The results are a Panko with a light and airy sliver (flaky) shape crumb. Our Panko will give your menu items a light, crispy texture with a less oily taste and an extra appealing plate presentation.

Not all Panko is the same.  We invite all professional chefs and food distributors to try a free sample of our Authentic Japanese Panko. Replace your current bread crumbs with Upper Crust Enterprises Japanese Panko bread crumbs and win big with your customers.

We guarantee our Panko will:

  • Taste lighter and crisper.
  • Stay crispy longer.
  • Provide a better yield

Experience first hand what an authentic Japanese Panko is and how it will affect your menu.

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