As I mentioned in another post, my older son is learning to cook as a part of his preparation to University.
He tried this one recently; Japanese curry.
Do Japanese eat curry? Of course we do. Actually, it is one of the most popular dishes in Japan.
Curry was introduced to Japan during the Meiji era (1868–1912) by the British (!), at a time when India was under the colonial rule of British Raj. As curry was introduced to Japan via English cuisine, it was originally considered to be Western cuisine.
I didn’t know curry was Indian dish when I was little.
It is since modified to suit Japanese people’s taste. We call it “Curry Rice (Curry sauce over rice)” Japanese curry is thicker than Indian curry and is similar to stew. It is usually served over cooked short grain sushi rice. You may find it a bit odd, but we also enjoy curry sauce over Udon noodles or egg noodles, too.
In Japanese homes, curry sauce is most commonly made from instant curry roux, which is available in block. It contains curry powder, flour, oils and various flavourings. And you know what? You can buy these pre-made roux in local supermarkets here in the UK. You may have seen them in Asian food section.
It is very easy to make our curry. It is one of the first dish we learn to cook in food tech class in primary school. We often cook it at campsite, too. Cooking large quantity of curry in a large pot together may be a good way of team building.
If you get this box of curry roux, all you need is just to follow the instruction on the box. As ingredients, you will need meat (beef, chicken or pork is common), onions, carrots, potatoes and/or any vegetable of your choice. You cook all ingredients in a pot with a bit of oil, add water and simmer for 20 minutes or so. The amount of water you need is on the box. Add the block of curry roux and simmer another 20 minutes or until the liquid thickens.
And here it is.
When I was little, I used to love it when I could smell curry cooking from outside of the house. Yes, “Curry Rice” is one of our comfort food.
It is only after I left my home town and started to live in Tokyo that I discovered the Indian curries. Indian curries are delicious and fun to eat; lots of varieties of dished and sauces served with naan bread. But my boys absolutely love Japanese curry.
Have a go if you find the box at your local supermarket.