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Jiyu Ken Curry Rice (Famous Osaka Curry Rice)

Jiyu Ken Curry Rice (Famous Osaka Curry Rice)

As many of you might know, curry is one of the soul food in Japan. Japanese curry is quite different from those of India and Thailand since it is much more sweeter. The reason for it being sweeter is because most Japanese people cannot eat spicy food so they have made their curry to suit their taste. In Osaka, there is a famous curry shop called Jiyuu Ken and their curry rice is a must try.

The curry rice at Jiyu Ken is nothing like the other curries you have had in Japan. The rice is all smothered in a soup like spicy curry gravy with a raw egg on top. You are suppose to mix the raw egg into the curry and rice before eating it. This a very popular place to chow in Osaka and is almost always full with a long lineup outside the shop. This shop was also feature in one of the episodes of Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations TV show. If you want to try something other than the obvious Takoyaki and Okonomiyaki, this is the place to visit. But beware for a spicy but good tasting curry adventure.

Jiyu Ken curry rice @Jiyu Ken Namba shop

Jiyu Ken curry rice @Jiyu Ken Namba shop

  • http://www.jiyuken.co.jp/dictionary/osaka.html

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Namie Yakisoba

Namie Yakisoba

Namie Yakisoba is a famous dish in Namie-cho, Fukushima prefecture. So what is the different between namie yakisoba and the mainstream yakisoba we heard of? Well, the first difference is the noodles itself. For namie yakisoba, they use a thicker kind of noodles. While stir-frying it they ad pork, beansprouts and Worcestershire sauce. Due to the different texture of the noodles and the crunch of the beansprouts adds a different kind of taste to the dish. I would recommend this dish to those who wants to try something new or wants to have something different for a change.

Namie Yakisoba

Namie Yakisoba

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Tonpei Yaki

Tonpei Yaki

Tonpei Yaki is an Osaka classic dish. It is almost always ordered as an appetizer at any Okonomiyaki store you go to in Osaka. If you listen closely while at a Okonomiyaki restaurant in Osaka at other people ordering, they will definitely order this dish first before deciding on the Okonomiyaki. The Tonpei Yaki is a like a rolled up egg pancake with pork and Okonomiyaki sauce. Though it might not be the perfect appetizer for some people since the flavour will be the same as the main dish you will be getting (Okonomiyaki), but if you want to eat what the locals eat and experience the lives of local people then you should try it.

Tonpei yaki

Tonpei yaki

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Negi Yaki

Negi Yaki

Negi yaki is one of Osaka's great delicacies. This dish is similar to the traditional Okonomiyaki but with a large amount of "negi" or green onions (as we call it in English) along with the batter and other ingredients. Unlike Okonomiyaki, this pancake is covered in green and probably the only colour you would see is green and brown (sauce and bonito flakes) . However since Japan does not have a vegetarian culture, a lot of dish which seems vegetarian do have meat in it so if you are eating in Japan and a vegetarian please be careful.

Negi-yaki

Negi-yaki

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Toruko Rice

Toruko Rice

Toruko rice is a famous dish in Nagasaki. The dish consists of Tonkatsu (deep fried pork cutlet), curry pilaf and spaghetti. The word Toruko means Turkey in Japan and rice means rice so it basically means Turkish rice. I am sure by now that all of you will find it weird because most people in Turkey believe in the Islam faith and they do not eat pork. Well, the story behind this dish is that the Japanese people think of Pilaf as a Turkish food and it resembles rice so it became to be known as Turkish rice. But why spaghetti and tonkatsu? If you look back at how Turkish kebabs are served, it is often served with meat (kebabs), rice and side dishes (like salad). The Japanese people in Nagasaki created their own version by putting the Japanese favourite tonkatsu on the rice with a side of spaghetti (because it is Western and they've been using it as a side dish for many other Japanese style Western food). Nowadays most restaurants uses white rice instead of pilaf but it is not rare to find a place that still uses pilaf.

Though it seems that the origin of Toruko rice came from Nagasaki, this dish can also be found in some regions of Osaka and Hyogo prefectures. If you ever want to try something out of the ordinary then I recommend trying this great dish. The combination of the rice and spaghetti with the special sauce they made for the tonkatsu is a match made in heaven.

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Toruko Rice from a convenience store

Toruko Rice from a convenience store

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