Since the 1870s, European and American cuisine became widespread in Japan. Japanese chefs then were using breadcrumbs to cook fried fish, but they were imported and very expensive. So, the chefs used cheaper white bread instead to make breadcrumbs on their own by breaking it down and filter the crumbs with a metal sieve. This creative wisdom became the root of today’s Panko.
Then the chefs of Japanese cuisine spread Panko around the world. It is used to make tonkatsu and in the late 1980s, the United States started to produce panko for Japanese restaurants.
When Alton Brown, a host of the popular TV show Iron Chef, highly praised panko, all the star chefs started to use it. Panko thus became popular in the United States and Europe, along with tonkatsu as the typical dish. Panko is now widely accepted in many countries as a common ingredient.