Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Japanese Curry

I cooked up a wicked japanese curry which i ate for 3 days on Monday. Will put up pictures of it tonight. I've been terribly broke, and dad's in Hong Kong, so i have no means of getting any financial reimbursements. SO, i figured the best way to survive this episode, would be to spend the remaining amount of money i had, well to be exact, $10 , buy a bag of carrots, onions and potatoes.
Together with some frozen meats in the fridge, and a packet of Japanese Curry mix which i bought sometime back, i cooked all my meals.
This cooking spree began last Friday, with my risotto attempt. I ate that for 2 meals. Followed by some soup made with the stock, with rice and 'pickled radish' omlette. (aka chai pu dan).
Monday, i decided to make something more tasty, and made the vegetarian curry.
It consisted of 1 whole onion, finely diced, 4 carrots chopped into bitesizes, 1 red bell pepper, and 4-5 potatoes. The potatoes are peeled and cut in halves, and then boiled in salted water until you can pierce a chopstick right through w/o much resistance. Then the water is drained, and they're left to cool.
Sautee the vegetables in some oil until they're soft, bell pepper is cooked last, add some of that lovely frozen vegetable stock i had made on Friday with some water, let it all simmer and thicken abit, then add the pack of curry mix.
It was the first time i handled a pack of japanese curry mix, and i was pretty surprised.
Usually, curry comes in the form of powder. The japanese curry mix came in a solid form. It felt and behaved like a chunk of plastecine. Smelt great though.
Nevertheless, i broke it up into smaller chunks, and dumped it all into the pan.
It melted and thickened like crazy. Upon which, i panicked a little bit. I quickly added water to the pan to de-glaze it, and after several additions, it became thinner, and upon testing, tasted just nice. Potatoes are added, and simmer for awhile for flavour to go into the potatoes, and then its ready to be served over rice.
You can then accompany the curry rice with almost any side. It was pretty late that night, so i jsut fried an omlette to go with it. A popular way of eating this curry is to accompany it with various deep fried meats.




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