The basic Japanese soup stock is made with dried fish, sea weed or mushrooms. As dried bonito (katuobusi 鰹節) is most appreciated, it is expensive and needs a big bulk of it to make flavorful stock. Instead of this poor cost performance bonito flakes, I usually use dried small anchovies.
I know you have the always- the-best- family recipe for pork chops. But if you feel like trying a new flavor with a little bit of exoticism, this easy pork chop may the be the one you are looking for.
You might have tried some kara-age (pronounce each syllable separately, ka-ra-a-ge) chicken at a sushi restaurant. It is the one of the most popular Japanese foods in the U.S.
I would love to share the recipe of my hometown, Hokkaido. This is actually easier than regular Kara-age recipe and has more enhanced flavor. You want beer with this.