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Japanese retort curry sold in supermarkets.

Japanese curry is very popular among both adults and children.

In Japan, retort curry is distinctly different from preserved food or junk food.
Surprisingly, some costing is over 20USD, or some of them is produced by Michelin star restaurants.

Today I introduce retort curries that only Japanese know. (Because, there are not overseas.)

bon curry

This curry has been loved by Japanese for over 50 years. The package design is as same as the signboard from 50 years ago. This is named from French “Bon”.

It’s been a long time since I ate it and I got it why this is loved by people of all ages. 

What is this?

bon curry

This curry has a special specification that the bag can heat in the microwave directly.

Standing the lid of box up and let the steam escape to the top. (All the other instant curries need move it to another plate and warm with the rice.)

How's taste?

bon curry
It has many ingredients and little spiciness. You may not get tired of the taste. I recommend you this is the first instant curry you should try.

Hakodate curry (函館カレー)

hakodate curry

This curry is maden in Hakodate 140 years ago by the first president of the restaurant after learning Russian cooking and baking in Russia.

Hakodate meaning

Hakodate is in Hokkaido, where five brave French men fought with samurais. (They are model of “The Last Samurai” Tom cruise in the movie)

How's taste?

hakodate curry

The taste is a little bit oily, but good-spicy. Many big ingredients better than I thought!
This looks like a soup curry in Sapporo.

Marugoto yasai curry (まるごと野菜カレー)

Marugoto yasai curry

“Marugoto” means whole. “Yasai” means vegetables. So, this has a lot of vegetables in it, baby corn, some pumpkin and potatoes. It’s only 120 calories,though.

How's taste?

yokosuka curry

Different from the previous vegetable curry, this one tastes better. The rice is a little red because I used five-grain rice.

Yokosuka curry (横須賀カレー)

yokosuka curry

There are the U.S. Navy and Japanese military base in Yokosuka, kanagawa prefecture next Tokyo.

Yokosuka Maritime Self-Defense Force is famous for tasty meals, so that they have published some recipe books.

Yokosuka meaning

yokosuka navy

The curry is especially tasty and they have their own recipe, called “Yokosuka Navy Curry”.

American MRE

On the other hand, called MRE, the meal of the U.S. Navy, is famous for horrible meals.

MRE has many dishonorable other name “Meals Rejected by the Enemy”, “Meals Rejected by Everyone”, “Materials Resembling Edibles” 

I have heard if meals were tasty, they can finish to eat up quickly, so that meals were changed terrible purposely. Is that true?

If I were them, I can not keep a motivation of guard of our country for a long time.

How's taste?

yokosuka curry

It was sweet curry at first, but the more I ate, the spicier. 
The vegetables are fine and plentiful.

I will show you Japanese Navy curry recipe in near future!😊

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