Wagyu Beef Sandwich Recipe (Wagyu Katsu Sando)
7 JUNE 2022
Parks and picnics are on our mind this June. Believe it or not, we’ve spent the last two Junes under some form of Movement Control Order.
Those days are long gone! June 2022 is the perfect time to head outdoors with the kids during the school holidays. There’s also International Picnic Day on 18 June. If that isn’t a good-enough reason to bring out the wicker basket and blanket, consider your plans for Father’s Day on 19 June. A picnic is a great way to spend time with family and friends outdoors.
Picnics go hand in hand with sandwiches. They’re fun, and sandwiches don’t have to be limited to canned tuna, salad leaves and cheap bread. We’re thinking of going all out by making sandwiches with Wagyu beef, turning the usual picnic into a luxury spread. Or revenge picnicking.
The Most Expensive Sandwich?
Read up on $100 sandwiches, and you’ll find Wagyu beef featured in many of them. There’s something special about beef that’s tender like sliced bologna and deli cold cuts, which we love in sandwiches, except Wagyu beef is way healthier and more satisfying.
Katsu sando is a Japanese-style sandwich that contains a cutlet of meat covered in crispy, panko breadcrumbs, between two slices of bread (use Japanese milk bread if you want that extra fluffiness). As Genshin Impact would describe a katsu sandwich: “… the crispy, juicy katsu titillates the senses. One single bite is all it takes to fill you from tongue to gut with satisfaction.”
Now a wagyu katsu sando is the best version of it. Don’t you just want to sink your teeth into soft, pillowy bread and meat that’s tender but not mush? Steaks don’t often make it into sandwiches, because it’s tough (heh) to achieve a tender result. With Wagyu beef, you get buttery-soft beef.
In this recipe, we used Iga Beef, the A5 Japanese Wagyu beef that’s superbly marbled, yet less greasy than other Wagyu brands. We recommend the striploin cut because of its wonderful tenderness. The oyster blade also yield a good portion of even, tender meat, and they’re not as expensive as the striploin. If you want to go full luxe, you can go with the ribeye or tenderloin cuts.
Wagyu Katsu Sando Recipe with Iga Beef
Serving Size: 2 pax
Time Required: 20 minutes
- Wagyu steak 2 x 200g each
- Bread x 4 thick slices
- Panko bread crumbs
- Egg x 1 (beaten)
- Cooking oil
- Katsu sauce*
*To make your own katsu sauce:
- Worcestershire sauce x 1 tbsp
- Tomato sauce x 1 tbsp
- Soy sauce x 1 tbsp
- Sugar x 1 tbsp
- Mustard (optional)
- Garlic powder (optional)
Recommended Cuts for Wagyu Katsu Sandwich:
- Striploin (more affordable)
- Oyster Blade (more affordable)
- Tenderloin (luxe)
- Ribeye (luxe)
Prepare the katsu sauce by combining the Worcestershire sauce, tomato sauce, soy sauce, and sugar (also mustard and garlic powder if you want) in a bowl. Set aside.
Prepare the flour and panko breadcrumbs in 2 separate plates. Beat an egg in a bowl.
Coat the Wagyu steak in the flour. Dip the Wagyu steak into the egg, then cover it generously with panko breadcrumbs. Shake off any excess crumbs.
Heat a layer of oil in your wok and keep the heat to medium. When the oil begins to bubble, lower the breaded cutlet into the pan. Fry Wagyu cutlet for 1½ minutes on each side or until the cutlet turns a lovely orange-brown. Rest Wagyu katsu cutlet on a wire rack for 5 minutes.
Lower the heat and lightly heat one side of the bread. Spread a layer of katsu sauce on the toasted side of the bread. Place cutlet on the sauced and toasted side. Place another slice on top of the cutlet.
You may cut your sandwiches into smaller portions if you like.
Have a Memorable Picnic!
Since you are making unapologetically gourmet sandwiches, make it a memorable occasion. Pick a lovely park like the Perdana Botanical Garden and Kepong Botanic Gardens that have lots of shady areas, picnic tables and benches and ample facilities.
If you’re not able to make it outdoors, then have your fancy picnic indoors. No one says you can’t set up the picnic basket, mat and grub in your living room.
This Wagyu beef sandwich was prepared by friends at home trying to impress their father so we are confident that anyone is able to cook Wagyu beef. Wmart Supermarket aims to help our customers enjoy Wagyu beef.
Visit Wmart Supermarket today to buy Iga Beef, our exclusive A5 Wagyu beef from Japan that’s halal for your special occasions both outdoors and indoors. You can also contact us through email, WhatsApp and the phone.