Top Ten Favorite Asian Foods: No. 9 - Golden Curry
This entry was posted on July 11, 2008.
If only there was an awards ceremony for the best Asian foods! Since we'll probably never get to see Pocky walk down the red carpet, we created our own weekly countdown. The number nine slot goes to the ultimate Japanese comfort food: Golden Curry.
Because it is relatively easy to make, Golden Curry is like the mac-and-cheese of Japan. It is thicker, milder, and sweeter than Indian curry. The Japanese add it to many meat and vegetable dishes and commonly serve it over rice.
In the U.S., Golden Curry can be found at many Asian food stores; S&B Foods Inc. makes the most popular kind. In an effort to capture the fun flavor of curry, Japan introduced a curry spokesperson -- Curry Man, who now spices things up in the ring as an American wrestler. Yes, that's a plate on his head.
Get Creative with Curry
There is no golden rule with Golden Curry. Don't limit yourself to rice dishes; get creative with your curry! Pour it on mash potatoes, use it as a condiment on hot dogs, or as a dip for tortilla chips. The possibilities are endless.
The Basics of Cooking Curry
Did we mention how easy it is to cook Golden Curry? Golden Curry comes in a sauce mix block (roux) or powder. Both are easy to use and take under an hour to make. Follow this recipe for Hot Vermont Curry and you'll have a savory dish in no time at all. Pick Mild Vermont Curry if you prefer a smooth taste to spicy. Keep in mind that Japanese curry is not as spicy as Indian curry, so don't be afraid to kick the flavor up a notch.
GOLDEN CURRY SAUCE MIX - HOT
- Cut 1 to 1-1/2 lbs of lean beef (or chicken, lamb, shrimp, or
- Dice one large onion.
- In a large skillet, saute meat and onion in oil until lightly
browned, about 3 minutes. If desired, add carrots, potato, celery, or just
about any vegetable you like. Discard excess oil.
- Add 3 cups of water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and
simmer until meat (and potato) is tender, about 10 minutes.
- Break Curry Sauce Mix (roux) into small pieces and add to pot
stirring until (roux) is completed melted.
- Simmer for another 5 minutes or so stirring constantly. (If sauce
becomes too thick, just add water)
- Pour over freshly cooked rice.
To really impress your friends, experiment a little. Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, a teaspoon of curry powder, or top it with boiled eggs. To find Golden Curry, rice, and other Japanese snacks, shop Asianfoodgrocer.com.