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Jul 24, 2009 05:17 PM

How do you pronounce panko?

Is it pang-ko (silent g) or as Guy fietei says pan-ko (like a frying pan-ko)???

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  1. It's the second way, pan-ko. There's no silent g in that word, at least the way I learned to pronounce it in Japanese.

    1. as long as it doesn't rhyme with "spank-o" -- LOL!!!

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      1. re: alkapal

        I'm a "spank-oh" as well, but may have already guessed. I'm not sure I can bring myself to call them pawn=koh. I find it incredibly difficult to think before I speak.

      2. Oh, dear. The way I pronounce it it *does* rhyme with "spank-o." Ooooooh.

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        1. re: shaogo

          Me, too, shaogo. So does that make us kinky or incorrect? Maybe it's a Connecticut thing. :)

          Edit: to the OP--Guy's last name is Fieri. I believe you're spelling it phonetically.

          Confusing, right? Because the car wasn't a Pontiac Fieto. ;)

          1. re: kattyeyes

            Now that I think of it, CT food maven Prudence Sloane pronounces it the same way, kattyeyes. Perhaps it *is* a CT thing!

        2. pawn-koh, with an emphasis on the pawn.

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          1. re: bulavinaka

            So interesting! I have absolutely never heard it pronounced that way--and apparently, that's because most people pronounce it incorrectly. It doesn't help when celebrity chefs and TV commercials perpetuate the error. Thanks for the education. :)

            I also found this article that backs up what you say:

            Interesting article, btw! I should post it on the mascarpone thread!

            Edit: After reading more carefully, instead of just glancing, the author of the above article says it's correct to emphasize the KOH ("like Homer Simpson's DOH!). Maybe I'll just say Japanese breadcrumbs.

            1. re: kattyeyes

              I know what you mean about "Japanese breadcrumbs." I no longer use the word "forte" meaning "strong point." The correct pronunciation is "fort" but then 99% of people think I'm a nincompoop if I say it that way. So I say "strong point."

              1. re: c oliver

                That's funny--right there with you on "forte"--the way most people pronounce it is the last name of my Canadian cousins (for-tay). I will probably continue to rhyme with spanko since that appears to be the Americanized version of it and I'm too lazy to say Japanese breadcrumbs every time. ;)

              2. re: kattyeyes

                I don't know where this person's family is originally from - mine are from Hiroshima - and I've always heard it pronounced PAWN-koh. I've said it several times his way, and it's like a hot dog vendor at the ball park hollering, "hot-DOGS, hot-DOGS - GET YOUR hot-DOGS!" :)

                I cringe when I hear words like this mispronounced - it reminds me of the Sham-Wow guy saying, Sham-Wow. In the Japanese language, the general rule for prounouncing vowels is, ah-ee-oo-eh-oh, for a, i, u, e and o. So if one pronounces panko to sound like a frying pan, it would be like calling the high-speed road in Germany the auto-ban, or a baby deer a fan, or a the famous Clark Gable movie, "Gan With the Wind." :)

                1. re: bulavinaka

                  And doesn't hot-DOGS make you think of canines who are too toasty rather than frankfurters?! ;) I'm with ya. And though no one will know I'm really right, I'll try to keep your advice in mind and say PAWN-koh. DOH! It's all so Tower of Babel, isn't it?!

                  1. re: kattyeyes

                    Yeah, I thiink of "hot dogs" and "chilly dogs."

                    1. re: c oliver

                      Ooooh, now a chili dog, that's more like it! ;)

                      1. re: kattyeyes

                        Wow! I have been pronouncing it wrong this whole time. I have been saying the word that rhymes with spanko...and I am from CT!

                        1. re: foodsnob14

                          I'm going to consider "our" pronunciation a regional dialect. ;)

                          1. re: kattyeyes

                            I guess you get a pass then... my kids were watching me watch "This Old House," on PBS today, and the show is replete with folks from the Boston area. My daughter would ask, "why does that guy Roger call water, "whatta"?Anybody with such a strong regional clasp of pronunciation is doomed to pronounce just about anything the only way his tongue will work. :)

                            1. re: bulavinaka

                              Oh, god, no--not the Boston accent! ;) I will strive to say PAWN-koh, really, truly! Please note, I do not "pahk the cah"...I am way too Yankee for that. ;)

                  2. re: bulavinaka

                    you had to bring up mr. sham-wow!
                    now i know why he pronounces it sham-WOW.

                    1. re: alkapal

                      Poor Vince - looks like it's now more like sham-OW!! LEGGO OF MY FRICKIN' TONGUE!!

                2. re: bulavinaka

                  I love the way you explained that! Pawn-koh! You are totally spot-on with it.