Thursday, March 20, 2008

One of my childhood comfort foods - Golden Curry

When I was 7 years old my family moved to Tokyo Japan. We lived there for three years. No, my dad was not in the military, he worked for a large corporation that had business overseas. I have never been back there since we moved away, but I would love to go back and visit. It was a rough time being 7 and moving across the globe, but my best memories are of the scenery and the food. Go figure that I didn't like sushi back then, but I consider it one of my addictions now.

I remember stumbling upon a store that had all imported Japanese products in it when I was in college. It was like a window into my past. Nowadays my local grocery store sells things like Pocky and Nishiki Rice. Recently I discovered that they also sell Golden Curry. My mother used to make this for my family when we lived in Japan and I love making it today. It is as much a comfort food to me as mac and cheese and mashed potatoes.

There is no recipe for me to post here. It's all on the back of the box. If you can't find this in your local grocery store, than look for your nearest Japanese grocer. I used chicken, potatoes, onions and acorn squash with this incarnation. You can add whatever you want to it. You just sweat the onions, throw everything else to the pot and add water. At the end you add the cubes of the Golden Curry and it thickens right up. The taste is very distinct, curries from different countries do taste somewhat different.

I hope to have more posts about the 5 years I spent overseas as a child. It's so distant, both by time and geography, but it's the old photos and memories of the food that remain. One day I may be able to go back, but for now I'll just try and find the food that brings me back.

7 comments:

michelle @ TNS said...

i've never spent time in japan, either as a child or as an adult, but i wouldn't kick that curry out of bed.

it's kind of how i feel about italy and nutella...except that i go there every year or two and eat nutella all the time. heh.

Michelle said...

my husband (his mother is from Japan) got me hooked on this! I would have never associated any type of curry with Japanese cuisine but I've been told that this IS Japanese comfort food! Indeed, it is. It's so forgiving in what you add, too.

Terry B said...

A lovely post, Suzanne. Living in Chicago, I have access to a wealth of ethnic markets. I will seek this out.

One of the things that draws so many of us to cooking and blogging about it, I think, is the emotional connection of food, how flavors and aromas connect us to friends, family and memories.

Nicole said...

That looks fantastic. I've never seen that brand of curry (it's mostly Indian) in my local grocer, but that doesn't mean it isn't there. If not I guess it's off to Cinatown..

candyce said...

love golden curry! i mix cubes of the "hot" and "medium" together to get to my perfect spice level. usually, i just add onion and maybe carrots... then make katsu (panko breaded pork cutlets), rice, and pour the curry all over that.
yum! comfort food indeed...
and since chicago is currently experiencing yet another blizzard, i think this will be dinner tonight!

Kevin said...

Japanese curry is the best. I just mad some this week!

kate said...

They carry this at wal mart too. I'm Asian...(adopted from Korea as a baby) and my friend made it for me and I've been addicted to it ever since. I make mine with chicken, carrots, potato, broccoli, and onion. It's also good with shrimp!