Panko bread crumbs are Japanese bread crumbs favoured by chefs the world over for their delicate, crisp texture.
They're made fresh from specially baked, crustless bread and are larger, crispier and lighter, so they coat the food without “packing” like regular bread crumbs, allowing foods to stay crispier for longer.
Essentially, the bread is not so much broken into crumbs but coarsely ground into larger flakes.
This results in a crumb with lot more crunch and one that absorbs more seasoning but less grease, making it tastier and healthier. The crumbs form a light, lacy crust around the food rather than sticking to it like normal breadcrumbs.
Try Panko on Japanese pork schnitzel onion rings, Dutch bitterballen or chicken breasts.
Or sprinkle them on your favorite bake or macaroni cheese before baking, then dot with a little butter or drizzle with oil for a light, tasty topping.
You'll find panko bread crumbs are Asian food stores.