Sushi and ramen might get most of the shine in the U.S., but in Japan kare raisu—or Japanese curry rice—is practically a national obsession. A little sweet, a little savory, and poured over deep-fried cutlets of meat like gravy, Japanese curry is a quintessential comfort meal. To find out more about Japan’s rich curry tradition, Horsepowar teams up with Japanese-British pop singer Rina Sawayama for a three-course introduction at Suki in Manhattan’s East Village. From the classic chicken katsu curry, to more unique takes on the dish—like curry ramen and a cheese-topped yaki curry—Horsepowar eats her way through Japan’s curry fixation. Thanks to a surprise visit from Emmymade in Japan, our host gets a full picture of Japanese curry culture, from specialty restaurant recipes, to the instant roux blocks used to make curry at home.
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