Here’s a bit of a quick background on myself, I’ve actually been to Japan. In the summer of 2013, I spent nearly two weeks in the amazing country and ate quite a lot. I mean, “A LOT”. Imagine every hangover movie, but substituted with food instead.
Of all the things I ate there, I never even dreamed of something called “Japanese curry” even existed, until my co-worker mentioned it. We made our way towards The Shops at Aura to the lower food court, where lo and behold, there it was.
I approached it (slowly, since it might be a dream or exhaustion from work) and checked out the menu. From a wide variety of dishes like crispy pepper chicken, eggplant with minced pork and Malaysian Fried Sambal Udon, everything looked great so far. And then I saw it.
Looking at the Japanese curry menu, they had a variety of katsu and shrimp pairings with the curry, but the curry itself is what intrigued me. Here’s a little explanation, directly from their website (yes, we’re going to have a little lesson today):
“Japanese Curry was introduced to Japan more than a hundred years ago by the British. Unlike the curries of India, Thailand, and other curry-loving countries, Japanese curry is thicker, milder, sweeter and has more of a “gravy-like” consistency. Today, it is one of Japan’s most popular comfort foods.
Kaiju Japanese Curry is an authentic homemade blend of over 14 different ingredients including fresh fruits and vegetables, and various spices. Kaiju Japanese curry is slow cooked for up to two days resulting in a deliciously rich, comforting sauce that balances fragrant spices with sweet and savory flavours.”
After making the decision to order the pork katsu (and a side of chicken katsu because the more the merrier), i sat down with the pork (and chicken) katsu with Japanese curry.
(note: this is not my order but my co-workers I…well I ate my order before I could take pictures)
After absolutely demolishing the entire container, I was more than satisfied not only in terms of being really full, but also the unique flavour of Japanese curry. They even have a “Kaiju poutine” which substitutes Japanese curry for standard gravy.
If you’re around the area (or in the city/province/country/planet/solar system) I strongly suggest trying it out (if you haven’t already and I’ve just been under a rock this whole time.
Also, here’s a handy map so you can get there faster.