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Tonkatsu Salad Roll Recipe

Posted September 10, 2014 by Stephanie
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tonkatsu salad roll recipe - www.iamafoodblog.com

Vietnamese gỏi cuốn are one of those funny foods that go by all sorts of names in English. I’ve seen them called Summer rolls, fresh Spring rolls, and salad rolls. I’ve always known them as salad rolls so that’s what I’m going with. Whatever you like calling them, they are pure handheld genius, especially when you start stuffing them with things that don’t traditionally go inside rice paper.

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Case in point: that crispy, breaded, juicy pork known as tonkatsu. Tonkatsu is incredible no matter how you eat it (it’s especially awesome when you tuck it in between two slices of bread). So really, it wasn’t too much of a stretch when I decided that tonkatsu rolled in rice paper would make for a strangely delicious hybrid salad roll. I loved the contrast between the juicy panko crusted pork, crunchy cucumbers and slippery rice paper. I preferred mine with a bit of mustard, but Mike liked dipping his in a bit of fish sauce. Either way, these guys are definitely going to be eaten again soon!

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Tonkatsu Salad Roll Recipe
makes about 12 rolls

  • 2 small pork chops, cut into even strips
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 – 1/2 cups panko
  • oil for pan frying
  • 2-3 cups raw spinach
  • 1 english cucumber, seeded and cut into strips
  • 12 round rice paper wrappers
  • mustard, to taste
  • fish sauce vinaigrette, if desired

Lightly season the pork chop strips with salt and pepper and sprinkle with flour. Dip the chops into the beaten egg and then into the panko, making sure that all sides are coated. Heat up half an inch of oil in a large frying pan over medium high heat. Fry the chops until golden brown and cooked through, flipping once, about 2 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels.

Take a rice paper wrapper and completely submerge it in a bowl of hot tap water for 10-15 seconds. Place the wrapper on a plate or cutting board – it’ll continue to soften as your assembling your roll. Add fillings as desired: spinach, cucumber strips, crispy pork. Fold the bottom half of the wrapper up over the filling, hold the fold in place, fold in the sides and roll. Enjoy with mustard and fish sauce. Repeat as needed.

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Giveaway: It’s my birthday today(!) and to celebrate I’ve partnered up with Shun to giveaway a Classic Nakiri Knife and a copy of my book, Easy Gourmet. It’s the knife in the gif in this post and it’s my absolute favourite! I just know if you win you’ll love it too!

To Enter: Leave a comment below telling me what your ultimate birthday meal is. Open to US residents only. Winner will be selected at random and contacted by email. Contest ends September 12th at 12AM PDT. Good luck!

Update: Congrats Mijin! Brush off your knife skills because you’ve won a Shun Nakiri knife! I’ll be sending you an email with details so keep your eyes peeled!


  1. Erika says:

    GOOD LORD you make deep-frying look so sexy. That first photo is just SO GOOD.

    Anyway, I really hopped over to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!! To the loveliest lady in all the land :) I’m so thrilled to have been involved, in a tiny way, in your cookbook launch and I’m so excited to see what you do next!! I hope your birthday is filled with all the best birthday things–lots of cake, natch. <33333333

  2. Happy Birthday lady! I hope you get to eat ALL THE DELICIOUS THINGS on your special day!

  3. Keri says:

    Looks amazing! Happy Birthday!

  4. Amelia says:

    having a hard time entering the giveaway! maybe the entry widget isn’t working?

    1. steph says:

      Hi Amelia,

      Seems like rafflecopter and me aren’t friends. Consider yourself entered!

  5. Carly says:

    Not sure if it is just me but the raffle copter widget (tried computer and iPhone) shows that I have 0/0 entries and doesn’t have any options for entering.

    1. steph says:

      Rafflecopter doesn’t seem to be working – consider yourself entered

  6. Nicole Moore says:

    Happy Birthday! (I couldn’t get the rafflecopter to work either…)

    1. steph says:

      thanks! consider your comment an entry – rafflecopter isn’t working.

  7. Meg says:

    My favorite birthday dinner is my boyfriends lasagna. It is amazing
    I have a Shun knife and totally love it….winning this would be fabulous! Just ordered a copy of your cookbook – can’t wait!
    Happy Birhtday!!!!

  8. Soe says:

    My favorite birthday dinner is definitely Monhinga. It is a traditional Burmese fish soup. I have recently become a big fan of yours.

    Happy Birthday

  9. Kata says:


  10. karen says:

    This is sinful but healthy and great idea(the crispy pork). I will try this but with my leftover tapioca sheets.

  11. Matt says:

    Happy birthday internet friend!

    As for me, I think my favorite birthday meal would have to be tangsuyuk, a Korean dish of crispy fried beef and sweet and sour sauce, obviously served with white rice and kimchi. As a kid it’s what I would ask for every year, and it holds a lot of good memories for me.

    I hope your birthday memories are just as sweet! And sour. And crispy and beefy.

  12. gliams says:

    thank you for sharing of you creation .:)

  13. Priscilla P says:

    Happy birthday!
    I would love to have a feast at an izakaya!
    With some cod roe, beer and sake… :-)

  14. Tom Bui says:

    A big fat juice steak with all the trimmings is what I get during my birthdays.

    Anyways, Happy Birthday!!

  15. Stine says:

    I’m not a US resident but this does not keep me from wishing you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY from Denmark..
    Your blog ROCKS!

  16. I just discovered your blog today. I’m in love with this recipe and this blog. Keep up the awesome work!

  17. Zubayda M. says:


    You make this stuff look so easy. Happy belated birthday! A great birthday meal for me would be a nice bowl of pasta (white sauce please) and a glass of my favorite wine.

  18. cori says:

    Love love chicken marsala!

  19. a fancy fish dinner! and something chocolatey for dessert

  20. Jan says:

    Happy Birthday!

    My favorite birthday meal is eggplant tomato salad, then turkish eggplant and lamb, and if an eggplant birthday cake was possible– that!

  21. Bach says:

    I like to class it up with a table full of Chinese takeout food (enough for a week of celebratory leftovers) like in Gilmore Girls.

  22. Crystal says:

    Happy birthday! I love your blog. My favorite birthday meal would be steak and shrimp. With a side of cheesecake.

  23. deb in atlanta says:

    Sushi! This tonkatsu makes me want it now.

  24. Barbara says:

    Happy birthday!

    For the past five years i have ordered pepe’s tomato pie from new haven for my birthday. Always with a chocolate cake dessert. This year I am no longer in New haven, so will have to find something else!

  25. Lily says:

    Happy birthday, fellow Virgo! I think my ultimate birthday meal is one of the traditional splurges (steak, sushi, etc.) and then some cake and ice cream.

  26. Julie Fundenberger says:

    I’m not very original or fancy with it comes to birthday food. I like a chicken breast coated in cheesy Doritos with salsa and cheese on top. That’s what I usually ask for when I get to choose. :)

  27. Simi says:

    Happy Birthday !!!
    This looks so delicious and easy. I will have to try it soon
    Ultimate Birthday Meal will have to butterscotch milkshake – not really a meal, but I make it every year on my birthday and the day is not complete without it. It is insanely rich so I limit it to just once (or twice) a year.

  28. Cindy M says:

    Happy birthday! I’d say my birthday meal would be steak frites with a side of equally indulgent dessert- tiramisu, or cheesecake, or a brownie sundae :-)

  29. Emily Love says:

    my ultimate birthday meal would definitely be Asian, probably starting with Som Tom, maybe bahn mí to follow, and taro ice cream for good measure.

  30. chloe says:

    Happy Birthday! My birthday meal – enormous pot of moules frites (extra crispy please).

  31. Matt says:

    Happy Belated Birthday! My favorite birthday dinner would have to be multiple courses of Yakitori. I’m not a big fan of the sweet stuff, so I would have to say for dessert, more grilled goodness.

  32. Brooke S. says:

    I love having a big sushi dinner for birthday dinners!

  33. Gillian says:

    My ultimate birthday meal is at my favorite restaurant, The Pearl, in Peterborough, NH. Salad rolls, oysters, lemongrass chicken, and Pain Perdu for dessert! And lots of wine, of course.

    Happy Birthday!!!!

  34. Nicole says:

    A very Happy Birthday to you!! What’s your ultimate Birthday meal???

    Haha… growing up my B-day meal was always Banquet chicken (the fried chicken found in the frozen section of the grocery store). Who knows why?!? I just loved it. After having legit good food, I don’t think I can go back. My ultimate B-day meals runs the gamut, but I think the key is fatty/indulgent while still being low key or fun in some way: sushi, lobster mac & cheese, world’s best mac & cheese (Beecher’s flagship cheddar), or even some Fake Shake made with home ground short rib, chuck and sirloin. I have to start thinking now for my big day in December.

  35. lydia m says:

    Happy birthday!!!

    Just wanted to say that I checked out your blog after Jessica mentioned it and I can’t WAIT to get my copy of your book!

    My favorite birthday meal is sushi or tapas with lots of friends and there must be cake! Mandatory carrot cake with extra raisins!

    Happy birthday, love your blog ;)

  36. Lauren says:

    Happy birthday! And sushi, all the live long day. *drool*

  37. Jackie Wandell says:

    Happy Happy Birthday!!! My favorite birthday meal would most definitely be a Asian feast. Sushi and noodles!!! mmmmm

  38. Definitely some pot roast! Yum!

  39. Cassy says:

    Happy Birthday!
    I’m pretty sure my favorite birthday meal would be one I wouldn’t make at home. Bibimbap or some other intricate Korean dish.

  40. Ray says:


  41. Sabrina says:

    Happy birthday! My ultimate birthday dinner was my 10th – the first time I’d ever encountered mac n cheese out of a box. Sacrilege, I know, but something about that fluorescent orange was just the most amazing moment ever.

  42. Catherine says:

    Happy birthday to you! My ultimate birthday meal would be spicy mussels in broth, good bread, great salad, and cherry pie for dessert.

  43. molly yeh says:

    ahh!!!! soooo yummy. i love the idea of putting fried meat in a salad roll… it all evens out health wise, right???

    i hope you had a wonderful birthday!!!!!!

    my ultimate birthday meal…. cheese fries.

  44. Bonnie Gordon says:

    My favorite birthday meal is super similar to this post! Homemade spring rolls with peanut sauce. Yum!!!

  45. brazilian bbq followed my chocolate cake with strawberries…..:)

  46. Kristina N. says:

    Burger and fries all the way for me. BUT it has to be a loaded burger.

  47. Laura says:

    Loaded to the max cheese fries!

  48. Kenneth Andrews says:

    Something good and southern. This year we hit Glass Onion in Charleston for some fried catfish and it was perfect, as it always is there!

  49. Christine says:

    Happy Birthday!

    Ultimate birthday meal is sushi!

  50. Casey says:

    Happy Birthday!
    I think my ultimate birthday meal is good old fashion fried chicken breast, with garlic mashed potatoes, and maybe something like grilled corn. Yum

  51. Jonathan says:

    Happy Birthday!!!
    I’m a sucker for tacos. Delicious tacos. My favorite would probably be shrimp tacos, with an avocado creama, slaw, lime. Spicy! And then carrot cake. mmm.

  52. lauren says:


    My birthday dinner has been the same since I was like 8. Roast chicken with rice. I use the drippings as a sauce and ice cream cake.

  53. Emily R says:

    Definitely tacos. A huge array of tacos.

  54. Charles says:

    Happy Birthday!!

    Epic Birthday Meal = Medium Rare Ribeye, mashed potatoes, spinach salad and a Key lime pie to finish everything up!!!

  55. Grace A says:

    My birthday was actually yesterday (yay Sept babies!), and hubby took me to a sushi restaurant with a beautiful view of the sunset by a lagoon is San Diego. That’s ideal.

  56. Jennifer says:

    Happy birthday!

    My ultimate meal would be a few courses of course. Black truffle mac and cheese for a app. A warm balsamic and mushroom salad with nuts. for the main course, Swordfish prepared anyway really. And for desert creme brulee, always creme brulee.

    All my favs!

  57. Kelly says:

    My ultimate birthday meal definitely has to include some great drinks- fancy cocktails or nice wine. Not exactly a meal, but important nonetheless :)

  58. Dani says:

    Ultimate birthday meal would be any hard-to-reserve restaurant with good friends and good drinks. Of course, the food has to be good, but I also prefer having a memorable night.

  59. Lanna says:

    Definitely comfort food…a hot bowl of pho!

  60. Ottilia Schafer says:

    My family and friends also go out for Ethiopian food for my birthday so it is my ultimate birthday meals. I love that we can order a huge variety of dishes to share and everyone is always happy. The flavors never cease to please.

    Also – I LOVE making summer rolls (we call them spring rolls or Vietnamese rolls in my house) and my favorite filling is Spicy Coconut Tofu Strips by Tofu-Yu (a bay area based company). These strips are a bit crunchy and have a great flavor for a veggie roll. I would love to figure out how to make them myself.

    Looking forward to buying your book!

  61. Laurie Jarquin says:

    My favorite birthday dinner is Homemade Turkey Meatloaf meatballs.
    They are tasty and just the right size :)

  62. Hye Min Shin says:

    Happy birthday!

    My ultimate birthday meal is going to be a big pasta dish that I can share with my family and friends. And many bottles of wine to go along with the meal.

  63. mijin says:

    Happy birthday!! I love your blog!! my ultimate bday meal would be: eaten in good company :) could be any food, any where, any dress code, but meals shared with my nearest and dearest always taste the best!

  64. Will says:


  65. Frances says:

    Happy birthday! and congrats on your book!

    My favorite birthday dinner is sushi!

  66. Freida (aka SuperDiva) says:

    My birthday is on Monday – yay for virgos who love to cook! Woot woot!

    My ideal birthday meal would be a combination of decadent assortment of yummalicious crispy fried things (Lumpia, chicken wings, calamari, tempura, etc) with perfectly made white rice (because it neutralizes all fried components – wink wink!) plus a gorgeous end of summer tomato salad (the acid also “neutralizes” the fried factor) and an assortment of melty cheesy carby goodness (grilled cheese, mini mac & cheese, state bird provisions burata garlic knots). Then add a fabulous summer salad with fresh figs, goat cheese, pears and freshly picked salad greens with a tart cleanse your palate dressing to prepare you for dessert! Dessert would be an assortment of magical decadent items that I could sample to my hearts content – butterscotch pudding, salty dark chocolate caramel silky baked treat, cheesecake with fresh berries and peanut butter decadence that knocks my socks off. And a perfect cup of coffee or espresso with dessert to kick in some caffeine so I don’t pass out with bliss.

    Happy birthday!

  67. Amelia Hart says:

    My ultimate birthday meal is probably some super cheese pasta and lots of champagne!

  68. Becca says:

    I thought this is why we have birthday weeks… so we don’t have to chose ONE birthday meal?! I’ll take anything spicy and carby with lots of alcohol and chocolate cake.

  69. Tim Rogers says:

    Happy Birthday! Buffalo wings and a good IPA.

  70. Jennifer says:

    Japanese Food, any kind….sushi, sashimi, katsu, ramen, udon, etc.!!!

  71. Jason says:

    A Seafood Boil is my ultimate Birthday Feast! Some Fish, Crab, Shrimp, Lobster, Mussels, Scallops, that just sounds awesome!!

  72. Robert Wong says:

    I think my ultimate birthday dinner would be a nice omakase sushi dinner with good company.

  73. jane says:

    happy birthday!
    i love me some sushi and delicious cake!

  74. david c. says:

    My bday food is to get spinach lasagna at Angelini’s Osteria!

  75. Leslie Thomas says:

    A beautiful rare steak, cut into medallions with my shiitake & portobello mushroom sauce. Cauliflower mash with broccoli rabe and sauteed spinach with roasted garlic. Mine & my husband’s favorite dish for me to make for birthday meals!

  76. Allan Ferrer says:

    Love a nice rib eye with roast veggies for my birthday!

    Love that knife!

  77. Happy belated birthday!!! My ultimate birthday meal is Indian food!! I don’t know why, but I’m obsessed with it. The knife looks gorgeous, but I’m just hoping to win your fabulous book.

  78. tru pettit says:

    First of all Happy Birthday and hello!
    I’m new to your food blog and wow! I definitely would love the win the book…I already have a shun knife..then again, one more would be nice :P

    I love all food and definitely easy to please, but being Filipina, the traditional pancit is a must for a birthday. Lumpia shang-hai usually follows whenever pancit is involved.

    Good luck to all and have a great birthday =)

  79. Happy Birthday! This is perfect!

    My favorite birthday meal would have to be ice cream + seventeen different cakes.

  80. Brittany Koelmel says:

    Happy birthday! My dream birthday meal is all I can eat sushi! Or sashimi! YUMMYYY

  81. Happy birthday! My ultimate birthday meal is my mom’s chicken salad on a buttery croissant. Flourless chocolate cake for dessert!

  82. Samantha says:

    Happy Birthday Steph!! Well Happy un-Birthday to you! Since your birthday is on the 10th and not the 11th.

    My favorite birthday meal would be lettuce wrap with grilled pork belly, kimchi, and shiso leaves. And for dessert tart fro-yo with an assortment of berries.

  83. Ultimate birthday meal? Either a big juicy steak with a nice bottle of red wine or Korean food!! maybe a soup (jjigae). This tonkatsu-salad-roll, like all things you make, is amazing.

  84. Susan says:

    Hey, we share the same birthday! My fav meal depends on my mood at the time. Right now I could go for a perfectly grilled rib-eye.

  85. Eric says:

    Tacos are my favorite bday food and I allow myself to eat as many as I want and I only have two weeks until it’s MY birthday! Happy birthday!

  86. Naomi says:

    Birthday Ramen with pork belly. Key Lime Pie for a sweet treat.

  87. Monica says:

    Happy Birthday! My favorite birthday meal is sushi.

  88. John A says:

    Happy Birthday! It is my daughter’s bday today too. Have to go with any kind of salmon – sushi, grilled, on a salad, however.

  89. Emma says:

    Happy birthday! My ultimate birthday meal would be a mix of all comfort foods from my childhood in Taiwan: minced pork over rice, boba, and Chinese pastries.

  90. Brent says:

    Probably the birthday meal I had this year – starters of a duck scotch egg, hen egg hollandaise w/grilled cheese slivers, an eggy cheesy souffle, and the headlining grass-fed ribeye with bone marrow gravy and beef dripping chips! Split w/my gf, of course.

  91. Brianne F says:

    Happy Birthday! My birthday is tomorrow, and I’m hoping to grab some lobsters with my hubby and have a messy, backyard feast with drawn butter, roasted potatoes and corn. With some newspaper as a place setting, and crackers as the utensil, what else do you need?

  92. On my birthday, I do nothing but eat sugar all day – cheesecake for breakfast is my ultimate go-to!

  93. Joanna M. says:

    My ultimate birthday meal would be to purchase a whole pig and prepare it in as many different ways as possible. So homemade sausage, pulled pork, bacon, lardon, braised pork shoulder, etc. It would be the ultimate feast!

    Happy birthday!

  94. Jennifer says:

    Happy birthday my dear! Birthday day’s should start with ham and cheese croissants from Tartine Bakery!

  95. Lori says:

    To be honest…any meal I don’t have to cook, is a good meal for me. However, if I had to pick something it would probably be some artisanal pasta with roasted, stuffed artichokes as an appetizer, washed down with a good bottle of wine.

  96. Heidi says:

    My ultimate birthday dinner would be the tasting menu at Le Bernardin. I was going to go this past year but had to miss for various reasons. To this day, I regret not going. I will make it happen though! I have not lost all hope!

  97. andrew says:

    I would love to have a nice piece of steak in Italy. Seasoned with only salt and pepper… droooling now

  98. clara says:

    my ultimate bday meal would be pasta carbonara. all the fat and creamy goodness!

  99. Rebecca says:

    Happy birthday! My favorite birthday meal is SUSHI!! and crème brulee for dessert :)

  100. Truc ho says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I’m so glad I found you through Instagram ohmygod. Love you and your recipes! I love some greasy, heart attack worthy cheese burgers with mushrooms and grilled onions on my birthday and some almond cheesecake :)

  101. Carla says:

    My Birthday is in the fall so I’m always craving comfort food. I say Chicken A La King!

  102. Stacey Roberson says:

    I love fondue! My ultimate birthday meal would start off with a cheese fondue, then a min course fondue for chicken and steak, and for desert, a chocolate fondue to dip brownies and cookies.

  103. Katie says:

    Happy Birthday!!! I’ve always wanted a Shun Knife! My ultimate birthday dinner is sushi! I love it! And then finish it off with a big slice of chocolate cake :)

  104. Amanda S says:

    Happy birthday!
    My ultimate birthday meal would be a dessert buffet! Cheesecakes, pies, brownies and donuts! Calories don’t count on your birthday, right?

  105. Heather Taylor says:

    My ultimate birthday meal would be Thai!

  106. Cynthia says:

    Happy Birthday to You and best wishes for a good year! The most delicious birthday dinner would include my mother’s mi fen (rice vermicelli) that contains shreds of pork, Napa cabbage, and spring onions, jiao zi (boiled pork dumplings), “dry fried” salt and pepper squid, a plateful of stir fried fresh pea shoots, and cups of hot tea to gently aid with digestion. I’m not sure if there would be room for any sweets, but I would do my best to eat a bite of carrot cake.

  107. emily says:

    my ultimate birthday meal would be amazing sushi and a slice of my mom’s chocolate pound cake! the best

  108. Sophie says:

    I love you for this!! So so good-sounding!

    Last year, my mother made my dream-dinner for my birthday (mine is the 15th!): smoked ribs, creamed corn, and her ultra-special potato salad, with my favorite meringue dessert in place of cake! It was heaven. Since I stopped eating meat I am really excited to see what she comes up with this year….. she is truly how I learned and honed my skills and love of cooking!

    Happy birthday to you, dear! muah

  109. Love this! My ultimate birthday meal is an awesome stack of pecan pancakes. It’s SO good.
    Congrats on the book! :)

  110. Tyler says:

    Happy birthday! My ultimate birthday meal would be some simple fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and corn on the cob… But maybe with some sushi on the side to add pizzaz.

  111. Jim_cat says:

    Happy birthday! I love a giant dinner of chilled cracked crab with a bunch of sauces! French bread and grilled vegies.

  112. myriam says:

    happy birthday! crunchy tonkatsu + rice paper is such a genius idea. my birthday’s in the winter, so i like to celebrate with a nice curry or cassoulet.

  113. Bryan Blalock says:

    Birthday dinner of grilled oysters and summer vegetables

  114. Jean L says:

    Happy Birthday!!

    You just inspired me to use other non-conventional stuff for the rice paper wrappers. Mmhmm

    My ultimate birthday dinner should have a nice steak with a chocolate dessert. Ideally, prime rib with horse radish, au jus, and pop-overs. Then a chocolate souffle or pot decreme. Then, a hot shower and bed. Maybe I’ll have another pot de creme in bed. Haha

  115. Jason says:

    Happy birthday!

    Roast chicken from the Nomad

  116. amy lee says:

    happy birthday!!!my birthday dinner is always noodles for long life since I’m Chinese!

  117. Karrie says:

    Happy birthday! My ultimate birthday meal would be the meal we had for dinner at a ryokan in Japan.

  118. Todd Wagner says:

    I <3 that gif so much!!

  119. Nelia says:

    Those look delicious and easy. Will definitely have to try!

    Ideal birthday meal…

    Right now, it would have to be a perfectly cooked juicy rib eye, with a side of caramelized Brussels sprouts, creamy mashed potatoes, and a chocolate cake for dessert. Mmmmm…

  120. Charlotte says:

    Happy Birthday! Chinese food is my favorite!

  121. Janet says:

    Have a happy birthday! My ultimate birthday meal is simple: ramen! Pan-fried to perfection and topped with a runny egg. Delicious.

  122. tiff says:

    Tough question! I am not sure what my fav meal is per say….but I definitely love having pavlova as dessert!

  123. Derek Kern says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY STEPHANIE (!!!) My birthday is next week, and I will be in Adelaide, Australia. You better believe i’ll be enjoying an amazing curried meat pie, and having Tim Tams for dessert!!!

  124. Nikki says:

    My favorite birthday meal is a homecooked one by my dad: breaded pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes and gravy, and green beans. All of this should be followed by a slice or two of chocolate cake!

  125. Christina says:

    Happy Birthday!! I celebrated mine last week! :) I’m definitely a steak person. A nice juicy steak would make me happy!!

  126. Jen says:

    My favorite meal would be beef chow fun + mapo tofu and peking duck. Hahahaha. I want to be stuffed!!!

  127. Veronika says:

    Happy Birthday, Stephanie!
    Your crispy pork roll looks delicious (as always;o)
    I am not a sweet-eater but I would indulge on apple strudel with vanilla ice-cream – my favorite dessert! Yum.

  128. Marilyn says:

    Happy Birthday! My ideal birthday meal is piles of fresh grilled veggies and lamb chops showered in fresh gremolata with lots of herbs and pistachios and charred grilled bread. Lots of wine, lots of friends and lots of chocolate cake with lots of buttercream.

  129. shana says:

    My birthday meal this year is definitely going to be scallops, since I usually never have them. It’s so odd too, because I LOVE scallops!!!!
    and happy belated bday!!!!

  130. Grace says:

    Happy Brithday Stephanie!!!
    My favorite birthday meal is hands down something that my Mom would cook…niku jaga (meat and potato) with of course gohan (rice). Since my Mom has dementia she no longer can make this for me or my family but I’ve continued to create it for everyone. And from what my brothers tell me I have successfully captured the same aji (taste) as my Mom’s. Gotta be grateful that she has passed down this along with many other yummy Japanese home-style cooking to us kids.

  131. mag says:

    my birthday pick was always my mom’s linguine and clams, i miss it!
    happy bday! xo

  132. Samantha says:

    Happy Birthday! My perfect birthday meal would end with my grandmother’s trifle.

  133. Mandy says:

    Happy birthday! :D My ultimate birthday meal would have to be a trip to a really good Indian buffet!

  134. Bethany says:

    My mom’s lasagna or filet mignon. Yum!

  135. callie says:

    happy, happy birthday! the ultimate birthday meal for me is actually multiple meals…i LOVE going out to breakfast, lunch and dinner on my birthday. feels super decadent and is a super fun way to celebrate. and sometimes i might do brunch and second dinner out as well :)

  136. Laura Money says:

    I just found your blog and it is blowing my mind! I love tonkatsu so much I could marry it. Do you think dipping them in katsu sauce would work? I’m dying to try.

    Also- my birthday meal? Crab legs. Congrats on the book and Happy Birthday!!

  137. Jack says:

    Dinner at NOBU’s.

  138. Shirley says:

    My ideal birthday meal would be at a Japanese restaurant with lots of amazing sushi

  139. L says:

    I love salad rolls! Don’t eat meat, but I imagine panko-crusted tofu with some tonkatsu sauce would be great in these. My ideal birthday meal is really just to go out and relax and have something I can’t easily make at home. Maybe dolsot bibimbap and chive pancakes with strawberry ‘snowflake’ (shaved frozen milk) for dessert. Happy birthday to you!

  140. Lily Sheng says:

    Happy Birthday!
    My ideal BDay meal is Longevity Noodles (Chang Shou Mian) and a piece of red velvet cake. Better yet, Cheesecake Factory’s Ultimate Red Velvet Cheesecake!!

  141. Sadie Terry says:

    Annie chuns soy ginger ramen, or Mac and cheese bites

  142. Helene K says:

    My Birthday is Sept 13 ! So happy birthday to us.I love salads, but what I really want is Deep Dish Pizza from Chicago and I could eat the whole pie without gaining weight!

  143. Michael Welch says:

    Ultimate birthday meal:

    Biwa Izakaya in Portland. Skewered meats, gyoza, kimchi, kar-age, tuna onigiri, big bowl of Ramen (plus plenty of Sapporo, of course).

  144. Laura says:

    Anything cooked by my Mom :)

  145. Chris B says:

    Ribs, brisket, fried chicken, Mac n cheese, fried okra and corn bread all from papas soul food kitchen in Eugene!! My mouth is watering now!!

  146. Sarah E says:

    Homemade burrito bowl with spicy black beans, brown rice, corn salsa, blackened chicken and avocado. With a side of spaghetti and meatballs. And a brownie for dessert!

  147. Margot C says:

    Gosh, on my birthday (which is next week!) I totally regress and want the Red Beans and Rice of my New Orleans childhood and some fried chicken. Either I have to make this myself or I have to go to Roscoe’s

  148. April says:

    My ultimate birthday meal is a thick crusted pizza and some delicious CAKE! Can’t beat that!

  149. sara says:

    These look so good! My ultimate birthday meal is my fiance’s mustard-sage pork chops with roasted potatoes. SO GOOD.

  150. Evalyn says:

    Happy Birthday! Your photos and blog are amazing! Since I’m momofuku obsessed right now I probably want to have the cornflake marshmallow cookie and lots of noodles. Roast duck sounds good too!

  151. Annette says:

    Happy Belated Birthday!

    My favorite birthday meal is pretty much anything I don’t have to cook and takes place at a restaurant with white tablecloths and multi-courses. I know that seafood would be on the menu (probably crabmeat), a soup, a salad, and of course dessert like creme brulee.

  152. Toni in NC says:

    Such deliciousness and such a terrific giveaway. Happy, happy birthday!

  153. Toni in NC says:

    Oops, forgot to mention my ultimate birthday meal in my previous post . . . something shared with my husband at a romantic restaurant, or perhaps even better a meal he cooks for me.

  154. Dina-Marie says:

    Hope your birthday day is lovely! My ultimate birthday dinner is something slow cooked and savory like braised short ribs and roasted potatoes or really fancy sushi, plus a good gin cocktail! :) Hope you enjoy a super duper birthday dinner.

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