Go! Go! Curry!’s Established Franchise System

Hello friends, In the last couple of issues, I talked about curry culture and trends in Japan and explained how deeply Japanese curry rice is embedded in Japanese people’s everyday life. Now I’d like to switch gears to Go! Go! Curry!’s franchise business and give you an overview of how the system works. If you …

Japanese Curry Rice — Kid’s Favorite Food

Hello friends, I have talked a lot about Japanese curry rice in past posts, but there is more to share with you. My topic today is how this dish became the number one favorite food of children in Japan. I already mentioned that Japanese people love umami, and such an umami-intensive food culture developed a …

Inseparable Bond between Curry and Rice

Hello friends, If you’ve read my past posts, you understand the story behind the condensed umami flavor of Japanese curry rice by now. This time, I’d like to finish up my flavor chat by explaining the relationship between the thick texture of curry and sticky rice. The rice grown and enjoyed in Japan is mainly …

Demystifying the Taste Profile of Japanese Curry Rice

Hello friends, I’d like to continue talking about what Japanese curry rice is, and my focus today is to demystify its taste profile! First of all, the most distinct features of Japanese curry rice are its umami-rich taste, thick texture, and sticky rice. In particular, umami is important, and it is this savory taste that …

The Evolution and Spread of Japanese Curry Rice

Hello friends, My topic in the last post was when and how Japanese curry rice was invented. This time, I’d like to continue talking about the history of Japanese curry and elaborate how this western-inspired dish evolved and became so widespread in Japan. As mentioned last time, curry was introduced to Japan after the country …

The Origin of Japanese Curry Rice

Hello friends, Since you are reading this, you must be a fan of Japanese curry rice– but do you know when and how it was invented? Back in the 19th Century, Japan had been in a state of national isolation for over 250 years. What that means is that the country could not do any …