Japanese Curry Explained. Additional Notes

Additional reading:

  • 西洋料理指南』(著:敬学堂主人)Seiyo ryori shinan, 1872
  • 西洋料理通』(著:仮名垣魯文)Seiyo Ryori Tsu, 1872
  • “Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management”, 1861

The origins of the Japanese curry. I don't know if you can easily find frogs, but the other two recipes shouldn't be to difficult to recreate at home.

  • Meoto Zenzai (夫婦善哉) written by 織田 作之助 Oda Sakunosuke

I mentioned this book as a reason for popularity of Jiyuken restaurant in Osaka. The story was translated in English and published together with a few others in a book "Stories of Osaka Life" . It also has a few movie adaptations if you prefer something to watch.

Next, here are two good articles about curry in English:

The rest is, unfortunately, only in Japanese


Things to watch:

  • BEGIN Japanology S3E29 Curry
  • Japanology Plus S2E39 Curry

As usual, my favourite Begin Japanology.

  • Dining with the Chef 2021x18 Rika's Fusion Curry and Rice Meals

For those of you who love cooking, here are two yummy looking curry recipes.

A TED Talk by curry enthusiast and author of multiple books of curry recipes. 

  • 秘密戦隊ゴレンジャーのキレンジャー
  • 太陽戦隊サンバルカンのバルパンサー
  • 大戦隊ゴーグルファイブのゴーグルイエロー

Three of the shows where the yellow ranger is a huge curry fan.


Bonus! Old Japanese curry commercials:

With apples and honey Vermont curry became the first one marketed at kids and teenagers. So lost of stars in these ones, including Nagase Tomoya, Domoto brothers, all members of V6, Tegoshi Yuya from NEWS and Aiba Masaki from Arashi

Introducing different curry blocks for different types of meat and fish

Includes the oldest curry commercial from 1959 and others marking significant steps in curry history like Otsuka Bon Curry in retort pouch.

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