Curry (in a hurry too!)

The Japanese love curry. Their curry is quite a departure from Indian curry. I prefer Japanese curry because it has that "sweet 'n' mild yet spicy" flavour. The best curry is found in specialized curry restaurants; the best dishes there use premium wagyu beef and can cost over 3000 yen. Regular curry rice with inexpensive imported beef usually goes for a reasonable 600 to 800 yen.

You can eat decent curry at home too! It's as easy if not easier to make than instant noodles. Instant curry rice is cheap as well, only around 300 yen altogether for rice and curry. You do need instant rice -- i.e. rice that's already cooked -- otherwise the curry rice wouldn't be very instant now would it...

Here's how to make instant curry rice.

1. Buy instant rice and instant curry. This is a pretty obvious step. Supermarkets typically have a wide selection (at least 20-40 kinds) of curry.
2. Bring a small pot of water to a boil, and then put the curry package in for 3 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, 'instantly' cook the rice in a microwave ('instantly' = 90 seconds).
4. Take a plate and spread the rice on it to cool it down a bit.
5. Cut the curry package and pour its contents onto the rice or beside it, whichever you prefer.


Here are some pictures from my instant curry adventure:

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These are the 12 kinds of instant curry I bought today. Prices ranged from 90 yen to 525 yen. Can you guess which is the cheapest and which is the most expensive? The cheapest one should be easy to spot. =P (Answer at bottom of post)

Here's what's inside a box, a pack of curry.
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And the instant rice.
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(Answer to the expensive/cheap question!)

The middle one in the leftmost column is the 525 yen one. It contains below-average Kobe beef, which means it's still among the most expensive. The cheapest is the one without a box. A pitiful, homeless curry pack.

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From most expensive to least expensive, left to right.


Ambrose said...


Why get the 95 yen when you can get the 525 yen?

In fact, why make it at home when you can go and eat it w/ good beef for 3000 yen?

In fact, why do that when you can hire an Iron Chef to make curry for you everyday for 1000000000000000000 yen?

(Trust me on that figure, I called them)

Why have hamburger when you can have steak?

Kagami said...

Hmm...if you include the price of instant rice, utilities, and your time cooking/cleaning/traveling/shopping, wouldn't it be cheaper just to eat out for 600 to 800 yen (assuming your "average" curry pack costs about 300 yen)? And I think they would be using non-instantized rice, so it'd both taste better and be healthier for you. :) Hopefully free of MSG and such. And of course...microwaved food usually tastes like ass... :P

Oh, and reflecting on Choy's comment...I'm an avid promoter of that statement. :D I haven't had hamburger in years. On the other hand, I eat an average of 4-5 steaks a week. It's my staple diet here. Slowly convincing Jia to make it his too, hehe. ^^

Jason Yu said...

Yes, the curry rice in restaurants is much, much better, but having a few packs at home is convenient though.

Sadly, I haven't found a curry shop near my area yet. If I do I'll probably be a regular :)

Alan said...

Hmmm...a lot of the pictures of curry on the front of those packs remind of Chunky Beef Stew, heh. I dunno if that's a good or a bad thing...

still Japanese curry sounds a lot better than the curry that I'm used to over here, wish I could try it someday...

and Ray, I thought Jia loved eating steak already? I agree that microwave food usually tastes like ass, but when you're lazy, like I usually am, it'll do just to make you feel full. And unfortunately, even if I did have a lot of money to spend on steaks, I don't know of any good steak restaurants close to me at UW. I think I ate out too much in the last two years, so I'm also kinda trying to correct that this year, heh.

Jason Yu said...

FYI: The curry isn't microwaved - it's warmed up in boiling water. The 'instant' rice tastes better than 'real' home-cooked rice in Canada. So it's actually quite good; I'll bring some back if you want.