Basil Pesto Linguine with Crunchy Pork Cutlet


Non-bento post today :-). I had thought about making another fusion pasta for some time, especially after my Spaghetti Aglio Olio with Spicy Ebi Fry was very well-received by my husband (and me:-)).

Here is the recipe:

Crunchy Pork Cutlet (Tonkatsu) - serves 2
  • 2 pork fillets
  • 1 cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Set the eggs, flour and bread crumbs in three different shallow bowls.
  • Add oyster sauce, salt and pepper to the egg bowl and mix well.
  • One at a time, dredge pork filet in the flour, then dip in the egg mixture and coat with the bread crumbs.
  • Repeat step 3 one more time (optional).
  • Deep-fry the pork cutlets until golden brown.
Basil Pesto Linguine - serves 2
  • 200 grams linguine, cooked to al dente
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 seeded bird's eye chilies, sliced thinly
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced thinly
  • 2 tablespoons store-bought (or fresh) basil pesto
  • 15 olives, sliced
  • 2 green peppers, seeded and sliced
  • 4 sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • Salt, sugar and black pepper to taste
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Combine olive oil, garlic and chili in a skillet and cook under low heat for 8 - 10 minutes. The garlic should be golden brown and not burned.
  • Toss in the cooked linguine, basil pesto, olives, green peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, soy sauce, salt, sugar and pepper and mix thoroughly that the pasta is well coated with the oil.
  • Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  • Serve with pork cutlet, fried sunny-side up, cherry tomatoes and cheese flowers.
  • NOTE: I also added spicy mayo and julienned carrot and cabbage salad to eat together with the pork cutlet - this combo definitely made the pork cutlet taste yummier.

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  1. thank you for the sweet comment your cakes are beautiful and creative
    this is a lovely meal presentation for autumn

  2. What a surprise! The presentation and the photos are as lovely as when you post bentos. Thank you for this gorgeous Italian and Japanese fusion recipe!

  3. wow sieht das lecker aus, und auch wieder total toll dekoriert, da kriegt man nicht nur Hunger sondern auch richtiges Herbstfeeling^^

  4. Lovely colors in your photo! The presentation and the meal look fabulous.

  5. Love the combination of the pork cutlet, fried egg, and the pasta! Such a pretty presentation, and fabulous photos!
    Your bento creations are totally breath-taking, as well:DDD
    Thank you for your kind comment on my blog!

  6. Non bento post but still such pretty presentation!

  7. Excellent combination of pasta and cutlets. Looks wonderful.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  8. This is incredible! Everything looks SO delicious!

    I'm a new follower on Google Follower.....your work is beautiful!

    ....and I LOVE Bento! It's truly an art form!

  9. lapar n mau donk 2 piring .
    cantik banget decornya pake daun2 merah gt

  10. O my goodness, that looks SO delicious, my mouth is watering!! I love your food photos so much!!

  11. Sure it's no bento but it looks very tasty indeed! :D

  12. I always try to tweak traditional meals into something else. I think fusion dishes are much more interesting and intriguing than the traditional ones! This one looks particularly delicious!

  13. Wonderfully delicious looking noodles. Excellent preparation.

  14. Love everything on that plate, CG! Very gorgeous presentation!

  15. I can't say much except "Wow!". As Sissi said - the presentation is as beautiful as your bento. So pretty and I can just imagine the taste too. I need to get my hands on some panko!

  16. no bento and still your pasta sounds absolutely delicious..thinking abt that spicy mayo....yum!

  17. It looks lovely, I love pesto and I love how you fused Italian and Japanese :) I will definitely give this a try. Thanks!


    A Single Girl's Musings

  18. Love the fried cutlet, it has a perfectly cooked crispy crust. The egg was a great touch too.

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Your bento boxes are the most complex, well executed, and beautiful ones I have ever seen. You have a real talent.