Beverages that Pair with Authentic Japanese Curry Rice
The beverages that you drink alongside your food are incredibly important in order to have a pleasant dining experience – not only taste-wise, but also for nutritional reasons! What drink would be the best to pair with your Japanese curry rice? I have a couple of recommendations. Allow me to introduce some beverages that will elevate your curry experience.
To start with, when eating Indian curry, many people may think first of lassi (an Indian yogurt drink). The Japanese counterpart of lassi would likely be Calpico, a probiotic drink made from non-fat milk. Both drinks boast a milky, slightly sour, refreshing taste, and share similar nutritional benefits. While lassi contains lactobacillus bacteria that helps break down foods and absorb nutrients in your body, Calpico contains lactic acid that is produced by the same lactobacillus bacteria. So if you think that Go! Go! Curry!’s katsu curry dishes might be an unusual item for your body to digest, you might want to choose Calpico to drink with it. It could even help improve your digestive system.
I also recommend drinking green tea with your Japanese curry rice. Green tea’s clean and bitter taste works as a palate cleanser while you eat curry, and it’s also rich in nutrients. Japanese green tea is an unoxidized tea, so it contains a tremendous amount of health benefits that are not lost in the oxidization process, as compared to other oxidized teas such as black tea and oolong tea. The most notable benefit of green tea is an antioxidant effect. Go! Go! Curry! currently carries bottled green tea, so you can reap these benefits next time you order.
New Drink Horizons
We are also developing a new drink in collaboration with a company in Brooklyn. It’s a cucumber sparkling drink called “Genki Drink”. Carbonation, plus cucumber’s refreshing flavor, can cleanse your palate as well while eating curry; it’s a perfect summer drink that brings genki.
All the drinks mentioned here (except our drink in development) can be ordered online now. Speaking of online service, you may be interested to know that we have freshly reestablished and expanded our systems and delivery areas during this pandemic. I’d like to talk about our efforts and the changes we’ve enacted some other time, but I just want to let you know that now you can buy other Japanese food and grocery items like snacks, cup noodles, and ice cream from us.
Next time, I’d like to talk about another important sidekick of Japanese curry: relishes, condiments, and toppings. Until then, get hydrated and stay genki!
If you are considering a curry restaurant business, we offer a great franchise opportunity or two. Feel free to contact us!
About The Author:
Tomoko Omori was born and raised in Japan. She came to the USA alone to become an actress, where she received an AA degree from college majoring in Drama. She received a scholarship to study music at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC.
After working for TV broadcasting and a publishing company, today, Tomoko is the CEO of Go! Go! Curry! America, a grab-and-go Japanese comfort food restaurant franchise. There are over 75 locations in Japan, and 11 in the USA. She says, “Our mission is to serve our tasty curry nationwide in the USA and Canada to enrich the lives of our customers, employees, franchise owners and the communities we serve. Our vision is to create millions of satisfied customers, contented tummies and miles and miles of smiles for everyone!” Tomoko received the Nikkei BP Woman of the year award in 2015.