Panko is the Japanese word for bread crumbs. Panko bread crumbs are a must-have for Asian cooking and convenient to keep on hand. Light and crispy, Panko makes excellent breading and can be used as a filler for crab cakes or as a crunchy topping for casseroles. Panko is more delicate and absorbs less oil than Western bread crumbs. Use Panko whenever a recipe calls for bread crumbs and you'll be amazed at the difference it makes.