Not too long ago I found myself in Los Angeles when I casually mention to a friend of mine, after talking about food we see in anime, that I've never had authentic Japanese curry. He told me he'd take me to this place and now I'm hooked.

We have some great Japanese restaurants in town with a great menu selection but I can't find one that has a Japanese curry dish. This one featured in the photo is a tonkatsu curry with breaded, fried pork. We have places in town that have tonkatsu and chicken tastu which are both great but would love to find one that does that with this curry.

I can't really explain what makes Japanese curry different from other curries. It's a little thicker, almost like a gravy, with a little heat but not super spicy. Traditionally there are carrots, potatoes, onions with some type of meat with rice and it's just wonderful any time of the year. They have these curry 'blocks' in the Asian section of most groceries stores that we make at home which I really enjoy but after trying this from a Japanese restaurant it's a flavor I've been chasing ever since.

It's a dish I've seen in anime many times and it's featured in several video games but not something super common in the United States. I couldn't even find a Japanese curry restaurant in Seattle (though I'm sure there's gotta be one somewhere).

Maybe someday we'll see a new Japanese restaurant that will headline curry on the menu and all the wonderful other menu items it could include.

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