The reason for the popularity of this dish can perhaps be explained by a cunning marketing ploy by McDonald’s in Japan. About 5 years ago, McDonald’s used Japan’s favourite female model ‘Ebi-chan’ to promote their new ebi katsu burger. Ebi on the one hand means shrimp in Japanese, with ‘Ebi’ also being part of the model’s surname. This burger quickly became the most popular on the McDonald’s menu, and today I’m going to show you how to make something very similar!
Don’t be put off by the number of steps – this is one super easy recipe!
Salt & pepper
1tbs potato starch
De-vein the prawns and cover with potato starch and the sake, then wash thoroughly under cold running water. Using the potato starch in this way will take the smell away from your prozwns. Then sieve, and use a kitchen towel to wipe dry. Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper.
Chop the onion as finely as possible. Then dice half the prawns, and with the other half, chop as finely as possible. Use a blender if you want to save time.
Then add the egg and flour to the shrimps and mix well with your hands. Next comes the fun part – make palm sized burger shapes from the mixture, and roll in a bowl of panko, taking out to give a final shape with your hands. Finally, you are ready to fry the katsu in vegetable oil at 180 degrees until golden.
The sauce is a mixture of ketchup, Worcester sauce and mayonnaise in equal measures. Thanks Ebi Chan!