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Have You Tried Japanese Style Curry?

Sabrina StoneSabrina Stone
Published TimeAugust 14, 2019
Modified TimeJune 21, 2022

Who doesn't know curry? Curry is a common dish in Asia. You can find different styles of curry all over Asia, in Japan, India, Thailand, Indonesia, and so on. However, the unique thing about curry is the condiments, spices and ingredients that vary in each country with each having a different taste too! This time we'd would like to tell you a bit more about Japanese Style Curry! One of the dishes that can fill your soul!

Japanese curry is one of the most popular dishes in Japan. Usually, Japanese style curry is served with rice, udon or bread. The main ingredients of Japanese style curry are onions, potatoes and carrots. Nowadays, there are wide varieties of curry. You can now find meat-toppings for Japanese style curry and wide varieties of vegetables from spinach to mushroom!

While most curry in other countries are richer in spices and more vibrant, Japanese style curry tends to be mild and thicker than most of the curry in Asia. The rice used in Japanese style curry too is different, Japanese style curry usually uses short-grain rice, which is sticky and round, rather than medium-grain rice used in Indian Curry.

Curry was introduced to Japan during the Meiji Era by British Empire and started to be served in Japan in the 1870s. Because the curry is easy to cook and it’s healthy, Curry later adopted by the Japanese Navy and Army, and the dish became popular in Japan in the late 1960s. Nowadays, you can find Japanese style curry everywhere in Japan. You can find some cheap curry in the convenience store or luxurious curry in restaurants. Also, due to the popularity of Japanese Curry, some companies even produce curry bread in Japan!

Japanese style curry is known for their thick brown sauce that's cooked together with potatoes, carrots and onions. The potatoes were added later because of the rice shortage in Japan. But, by adding potatoes, the Japanese style curry became even more delicious! The curry sauce is served on top of cooked rice. Curry sauce itself is made by frying together curry powder, flour, and oil, along with other ingredients to make a roux; the roux is then added to stewed meat and vegetables, and then simmered until thickened.

Japanese food manufacturers also produced instant curry roux to cut the cooking time and make it easier for Japanese people who don't have much time to cook. You can also find wide varieties of instant mix curry with different flavours too in Japan. That’s why curry is one of the most common dishes in Japan because it’s easy to make, relatively cheap and hassle-free!

Have you tried Japanese style curry before? Or maybe you’re interested in Curry Udon too? If so then you can find Curry Udon here! You can also make Japanese style curry at home too! You want to know the recipe and how to cook it up? Don't worry, we'll tell you here

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