What is Japanese curry?
Photography: John Paul Urizar
12:00AM, Jul 24, 2015
Curry might not seem like the most Japanese of foods but, like
tempura and mayonnaise, this introduced dish has been embraced by
Japan as its own. Introduced by the British Navy in the 19th
century, curry was used by Japan's navy to feed its sailors
nutritiously and economically. They brought their taste for kar
home with them, laying the foundation for curry's rise to fame.
While scores of regional variations exist, Japanese curry is
generally thicker, milder and sweeter than an Indian curry. In
Australia it's no longer just food-court fare. At Cho Cho San, mud
crabs are tossed through the sauce, while another Sydney
restaurant, Sepia, scents scampi with Japanese curry spices.
Try our recipe for chicken katsu curry.