Showa-Style Homemade Fried Meat Skewers

Showa-Style Homemade Fried Meat Skewers

These nostalgic homemade fried meat skewers will send you on a serious throwback to the Showa-era. These skewers comprise of a deep-fried trinity of soft pork, fragrant onion and fluffy potato!

Ingredients: 10 skewers

Pork fillet
1 (500-600 g)
1/2 medium
1 medium
Salt & black pepper
as needed
as needed
Beaten egg (mixed with 1 tablespoon milk)
as needed
Oil for deep frying
as needed


1. Peel off the thin layer of skin that covers the pork and remove any fat before cutting into 2 cm cubes. Each skewer will need 3 pieces of meat so make sure you end up with a number of pieces that add up to a multiple of 3.
2. Peel the onion and chop to the same size as the diced meat.
3. Peel the potatoes, cut into 2 cm cubes and rinse. Add the potatoes to a saucepan with some water and begin to heat. 1-2 minutes after the water has boiled, transfer the potatoes to a colander and strain.
4. Add the ingredients one at a time to a skewer. The order should be meat - onion - meat - potato - meat.
5. Once you've got everything on skewers season everything with salt and black pepper.
6. Cover the ingredients on the skewers with a coating of flour, then beaten egg, then finally panko. Wrap everything in aluminium foil and leave to rest in the fridge for 30 minutes.
7. Heat oil in a pan and deep-fry the skewers until the meat is cooked through and the panko coating has turned golden.

Story Behind this Recipe

This is one of the main dishes that we eat in our house. I used to use diced pork intended for stews but at some point I switched to soft-textured, light-flavoured pork fillets. Serve with tonkatsu sauce and mustard.