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Bon Curry – A little bag of happiness (and warm dinner)

What do you think when you see this picture? Japanese people definitely must think it’s nostalgic, and reminds of post-war times.Bon CurryIt is a good old boil-in-the-bag Bon Curry. There was a time when no housewife could have a peace of mind without a stock of pouch curries in her pantry. And I suspect that many people still have it, I mean a stock of curry, not the pantry. Personally, I also always have a pouch or two. It is mostly Indian curry, but the fact is undeniable: life is so much easier with boil-in-the-bag curries.Bon CurryThe pioneer of retort pouch curry, Bon Curry was launched by Otsuka Foods Co. in 1968. It will celebrate the Golden Jubilee soon! Curry in a pouch helped Japanese women to make a tasty homemade dinner even if they worked late.

Japanese-style curry has been changing in the last 100 years. After its arrival in the country of the rising sun, it was expensive and hence elusive. Bon Curry and other brands of pouch curry made it possible for literally everyone to become a curry gourmet even without any culinary skills.Bon CurryCurry powder and curry roux are good enough if you have time on your hands, but when convenience is key, pouch curry is the absolute winner.

Although it came from Britain, Japanese-style curry developed its own, somewhat unique style. Cubes of meat, potatoes, and carrots are the signature components of Japanese-style curry. Although not that obvious, onions are also there. Thick, rich in taste, it makes a great combo with white rice.Bon CurryIf you are looking forward to something more modern in your pouch curry, you might appreciate the “reloaded” Bon Curry Neo. They have Indian curry, European-style demi-glace stew, and Japanese umami with red wine-marinated roast beef tastes now. By the way, Japanese people obviously have also developed a taste for Indian curry! That’s why Otsuka decided to add it to their list.


Haikara Yokocho

Address: Tokyo, Minato, Daiba 1-6-1 DECKS Tokyo Beach 4F
Opening Hours: 9 AM – 10 PM
Regular Holidays: none
Telephone: 03-6459-9088
Access 1: 3 min. walk from Odaiba-Kaihinkoen Station
Access 2: 6 min. walk from Daiba Station
Official website: Haikara Yokocho
Distance from airport: About 15 km from Haneda Airport.

Article by Olga Kaneda

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