White panko is made from crustless bread, while tan panko is made using the entire loaf. Both can be found at Asian markets, and used as a topping for fried foods or as a binding agent in dishes such as crab cakes. We've used it to incorporate texture into everything from crab dip to goat cheese and pesto macaroni.
Panko (pronounced "pahn-ko") is the Japanese word for breadcrumbs. Unlike typical breadcrumbs, however, these have a flake-like composition and larger surface area, which achieves a crispness that's airier, less dense, and longer-lasting than their conventional counterparts.