I have always been looking for a quick and simple recipe that takes everyday ingredients but will result in more than the average level of deliciousness. And finally, I found the answer to my question, and that is Japanese Curry. Japanese Curry is known for its thick texture and more mild flavor compared to its Indian counterparts. The sweetness comes from the caramelized onions, honey, or sometimes even apple. Some people even go on and add coffee or dark chocolate to their curry. It may sound strange to some people, but Japanese Curry is known for its complex flavor and it is what makes it so delicious. So let us dive into the recipe.
Japanese Curry Roux (You can find these at any Asian supermarket like T&T, Kowloon…)
Chose of your meat (chicken thigh recommended)
Those are the key ingredients, but you can take some of the ingredients out if you don’t like them and it won’t influence the overall taste. That is the great thing about Japanese Curry. For this recipe, we will also be adding some tomatoes to add another layer of flavor. And just to make it even simpler, we will be cooking everything in one pot.
Cut your meat into bite-size pieces, it could be big or small depends on how you like it, and cut your carrots and potatoes into the same size so they will cook evenly as what the great chief Gordan Ramsay would say. Also, make sure to dice your onions and tomatoes.
Get either your pot, wok, or pan ready, but make sure it has some depth because we will be adding some liquid to it later.
Turn on the heat to medium-high and after your pot is hot add in some oil (any oil), and when it starts to smoke a little, add in the diced onions and let it caramelize. When that is done, add in the diced tomatoes, we want to cook the tomatoes on high heat to get rid of the tangy and tart raw taste.
Afterward, add in your chicken and cook until it is no longer pink. Then add your carrots and potatoes to the pot as well, we want to cook them out just a little bit to release their flavor rather than just boil them later.
Add enough water to cover everything in the pot and bring them to a boil. After, turn the heat to low and cook until the potatoes and carrots are soft inside. You can also use chicken stock, coconut milk, milk, or something else instead of water.
Now the final part, add your Curry Roux in the pot and slowly mix them well. The soup will slowly be getting thicker and thicker. Depends on how much stuff you have in the pot, you can adjust the amount of Roux in your put in accordingly, but normally it is 1-2 big blocks.