What is Kanazawa Curry?
My name is Tomoko Omori, President/CEO of Go! Go! Curry! America. We are in the middle of a global crisis caused by novel coronavirus, and everyone is living with uncertainty and anxiety. However, I strongly believe that we will win this battle with the virus and it’s important to connect each other digitally in this time of social distancing. From another point of view, it’s a good chance to learn and explore something new. So, we’ve begun to grow our Go! Go! Curry! blog to share stories about our company and Japan’s curry culture with you.
In this entry, I’d like to talk about “Kanazawa curry”. It is the type of curry that our curry is based on. As the name suggests, it originates in the city of Kanazawa, located in the Northwestern part of Japan, facing the Sea of Japan. The city has a thriving history of traditional, elegant culture going back for centuries. If you haven’t been there, we highly recommend making a visit! Kanazawa curry is a bit of a newcomer considering the city’s long history, and first emerged during the 1960s. The popular dish has several distinctive features: it starts with layers of sticky rice, then it’s covered with our hearty curry sauce. Finally it’s topped with a freshly fried katsu (cutlet), and tonkatsu sauce (umami-rich, thick sauce for cutlets). It’s Japanese comfort food from top to bottom! Second, it’s always served with shredded cabbage on the side. Third, it’s served on a stainless steel plate, along with a spork!
In general, the Japanese curry dish is known to have a thicker curry sauce as compared to those in the other countries. However, the curry sauce of the Kanazawa style is even thicker than the standard Japanese curry. It’s also relatively mild, making it taste great with hearty katsu and tonkatsu sauce. As you bite into, you want more and more!
But what’s unique about the Go! Go! Curry! version of Kanazawa curry? That’s my next topic. Until then, please take care of yourself and stay genki!
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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.