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Two Popular Japanese dishes : Curry and Hayashi rice

Updated on June 19, 2013

The comfort food

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As a child, I grew up on curry. It brings back memories of time when I would come home from late night marching band practice, and I enter the kitchen for dinner, to smell the aroma of spices, hear the bubbling soup that had been on the stove for some time.

The English introduced their version of the Indian curry to Japan during the Meiji era as part of the foreign culture influx that entered the country after ending their isolationism. From there, the curry has evolved further to fit the Japanese taste buds. Most commonly eaten with rice, curry consists of the soupy roux , vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, onions and some form of meat or seafood.

The many faces of curry (カレー)

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Stuff a bread with curry, deep fry it and what does one get? curry pan!A pork katsu curry. That's the fried cutlet on top.Curry and some miso soup.This is a Malaysian chicken curry that the norecipes writer made. Looks good!Hayashi rice. The mushrooms look tasty.More curry. I like that potato sticking out on the left there.Another katsu curry.Another hayashi riceThis is dry curry, where you flavor the rice with curry powder so it looks like a fried rice, tastes like curry.Instead of pork, one can use fried shrimp to top their curry as well.
Stuff a bread with curry, deep fry it and what does one get? curry pan!
Stuff a bread with curry, deep fry it and what does one get? curry pan! | Source
A pork katsu curry. That's the fried cutlet on top.
A pork katsu curry. That's the fried cutlet on top. | Source
Curry and some miso soup.
Curry and some miso soup. | Source
This is a Malaysian chicken curry that the norecipes writer made. Looks good!
This is a Malaysian chicken curry that the norecipes writer made. Looks good! | Source
Hayashi rice. The mushrooms look tasty.
Hayashi rice. The mushrooms look tasty. | Source
More curry. I like that potato sticking out on the left there.
More curry. I like that potato sticking out on the left there. | Source
Another katsu curry.
Another katsu curry. | Source
Another hayashi rice
Another hayashi rice | Source
This is dry curry, where you flavor the rice with curry powder so it looks like a fried rice, tastes like curry.
This is dry curry, where you flavor the rice with curry powder so it looks like a fried rice, tastes like curry. | Source
Instead of pork, one can use fried shrimp to top their curry as well.
Instead of pork, one can use fried shrimp to top their curry as well. | Source

Curry’s popularity has grown to the point that it has become one of the most beloved dishes in Japan as well as, it has become incorporated with traditional Japanese dishes such as in curry udon (noodles with curry soup), used as a filling for bread (curry pan) or sometimes one could put a fried cutlet or shrimp on top (pork katsu curry).

Udon is a noodle dish made from wheat noodles that uses kelp or tuna flakes to get the soup stock (dashi). In curry udon like here, one can add curry to the udon to enjoy the curry more like a soup.
Udon is a noodle dish made from wheat noodles that uses kelp or tuna flakes to get the soup stock (dashi). In curry udon like here, one can add curry to the udon to enjoy the curry more like a soup.

The ever popular curry does not stop there. Nowadays there are even restaurants dedicated to curry where one has the choice of how spicy they want their curry to be. Usually, it starts at mild, then comes medium and after that there is ‘hot,’ which can be from a little bit spicy to so spicy that it feels like ‘volcano!’ or ‘fire!’ (to quote my friend).

Curry's cousin, Hayashi rice

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There is another brown soupy dish that one can put over rice to eat. Welcome the hayashi rice! In appearance, hayashi rice looks like a deeper brown version of curry, but the taste could not be more different. The roux used for this dish is based on the demi glace sauce giving it a more beef stew-like flavor. (Demi-glace comes from French cuisine where they combine veal and Espaganole sauce).

I don’t know about you but all this talk of food is making me hungry. I think I’ll go finish eating my curry now. Thanks for reading!


Two Popular Japanese dishes : Curry and Hayashi rice by StellaSee is licensed under aCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

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      StellaSee 3 years ago from California

      Hi vespa, I know right? The curry pan photo always makes my mouth water :D

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      vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

      I also love curry. I enjoyed reading about the history of it. What beautiful photos. Thanks!

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      StellaSee 4 years ago from California

      Hi aud99, I like both kinds too. I like Indian curry because it feels more authentic to what curry is supposed to taste like. But I can't help love Japanese curry, it's what I grew up with. Thanks!

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      Audrey 4 years ago

      I like curry too. But I prefer Indian curry though. It is probably richer in taste and spices but it is yummy when eaten with rice.

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      StellaSee 4 years ago from California

      Hi summerberrie, aww I'm jealous of your nephews, I'd love to live in Japan! Thanks for stopping by :)

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      summerberrie 4 years ago

      I love Japanese food. I have two nephews in Japan now and love it when they post dishes of Japanese food on Facebook. Would love to give some of your recipes a try. Nice hub.

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      StellaSee 4 years ago from California

      Hi Christy, thanks so much for stopping by and thanks for your comments too! That means a lot coming from an experienced writer like you :)

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I am learning, I am learning! Well put-together hub here :)