Wagyu Katsu Sando

Japanese

30 m

After so many requests, I made Japan's most famous sandwich: The Wagyu Katsu Sando. This is often called the most expensive sandwich in the world, and for good reason. It can cost up to $200 dollars for just a small sandwich in restaurants, but it's so simple to make. And, if you choose to make this, you can't forget about the sweet, umami katsu sauce to go with it. All I could think about when eating this sandwich was "butter." Yum.

Ingredients

Milk Bread
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2/3 cup bread flour
  • 5 cups bread flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 packets active dry yeast (2 tsp)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 2 eggs (one-handed egg crack, please)
  • 1 stick (8 tbsp) cubed butter
Katsu Sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp ketchup
Wagyu Sandwich
  • Wagyu beef squares
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup all purpose flour

Preparation

Milk Bread
  1. To a small saucepan add water and milk, and slowly whisk in 2/3 cup of bread flour.
  2. Continue whisking on medium high heat for about 5 minutes until thickened but pourable.
  3. Set aside and let cool to room temperature.
  4. To a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment, add 5 cups of bread flour, sugar, yeast, a pinch of salt, and mix on medium.
  5. Slowly add in milk, eggs, and about 1 cup of our tangzhong mixture.
  6. After kneading for 5 minutes, slowly add cubed butter and continue kneading until the butter is incorporated.
  7. Oil your hands before removing the dough and shaping into a ball, then place into a greased bowl and cover with a damp paper towel in a warm place for an hour.
  8. Flour your hands and workspace and dump out your dough.
  9. Cut into thirds and shape into a log before placing into a rectangular bread pan.
  10. Cover and let rise for 30 more minutes.
  11. Uncover and brush with whole milk before baking at 350°F for 35-40 minutes.
Katsu Sauce
  1. In a bowl mix soy sauce, oyster sauce, Worcestershire sauce, honey, and ketchup together.
Wagyu Sandwich
  1. Cut wagyu into a square.
  2. Season with salt, then dredge lightly in flour, egg wash, and then panko.
  3. Deep fry at 400°F until golden brown.
  4. Cut bread into square slices and toast on one side in a pan with wagyu fat.
  5. Brush the toasted side with our sauce.
  6. Assemble the sandwich with the fried wagyu piece, slice in half, and enjoy!

Pairs well with

White Truffle Sea Salt
Black Flakey Sea Salt
Flaky White Kosher Salt

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