Curry House: The Japanese Put a Twist on this Indian Staple

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14407 Culver Ave
Irvine, CA 92604
(949) 654-1449
http://www.house-foods.com/CurryHouse

When you think of curry, you probably think about the wonderful Indian cuisine that has found it’s way stateside many many decades ago…well…this is a little bit different. This is Japanese style curry 🙂 How does it compare to Indian curry? Well, it’s not alot different compared to its originator in India, but it’s different alright, and in so many delicate, intricate ways.

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To start out, curry house is a chain, so I’m sure you can find this somewhere within Southern California. I know there is another one on cypress st and another one up in nor cal…either or, if there isn’t one near you, you can still taste this wonderful curry in another special way, but I’ll leave that til the end.

Let’s start out with Curry House’s best offering, and it’s got to be the menchi katsu curry. What is menchi katsu? It’s a hamburger patty battered in flour and breaded with panko bread crumbs. This gives the hamburger patty a light crispy texture that makes your mouth salivate. If you’re wondering how it tastes, think chicken fried steak, but a more loose texture. Bar none, this is what to get when you go here.

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Forget the chicken, pork, or any other katsu, just get the menchi…you won’t regret it. I’ve had the chicken katsu and pork katsu. The problem with the chicken is that their breast meat that they use is dry, so you’ll have a tough time swallowing it. The same goes with the pork katsu, tough to chew, but at least it has a little more moisture and tenderness.

If you don’t want the menchi, just get the regular chicken curry, they use dark meat in it, and pouring the entire curry with the chicken all over your rice is heavenly. This is definitely comfort food Japanese style.

On to the curry itself, well…what can I say, its delicious. The only difference with Japanese curry is that its thick, a lot thicker. It’s a little more thick then gravy, but they do this so that you can pour it over your white rice and have something hardy to eat. Japanese curry also has a hint of sweetness to it, not a lot, but just a little bit that makes it that much better. Usually the curry is lightly sweetened with apples, but don’t worry, you won’t be finding any apples in your curry. Anyway, you got to just try this.

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They also have other offerings if you don’t want to eat your curry with rice. They have spaghetti curry and udon variations of the curry as well, so try them if you like. I haven’t personally tried them, but if you do, feel free to let us know!

Here’s the catch…you don’t have to actually come here to taste their curry. Ever heard about Vermont Curry? Well…curry house is the restaurant that Vermont Curry sets up to basically sell and present their product. You can go into any Japanese supermarket and get this and make it yourself…and it’s very simple. The only difference between this Vermont Curry and the curry at Curry House is the amount of oil they put in at the restaurant, and trust me, its a lot, but you won’t notice unless you really look closely. The oil at the restaurant helps prevent the curry from coagulating at the top like the home version.

Either or, come here if you get a chance. It’s not by any means the best restaurant to go to or any award winning dishes, but it’s still good and a place to visit if you have nothing else in mind. The prices aren’t too bad at around an average of $7.00 a dish. Plus, if you don’t want to bread your own chicken, pork, or hamburger patty, this will do it for you 🙂

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~ by thankgoditsfood on July 10, 2009.

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