During summertime, many people in Japan enjoy hot and spicy food because they believe spices help cool you down by making you perspire, while building an appetite to fight the sweltering weather. Because of this, many people turn to Japanese curry -- the perfect spicy dish!
Made from rice, curry sauce, and a wide variety of vegetables and meat, it is commonly served in three main forms: curry rice, karē udon (thick noodles) and karē-pan (bread). The basic vegetables used in the dish are onions, carrots and potatoes. Various curry dishes can contain chicken, pork, beef, and seafood.
Japanese curry can be served in anything from a soup bowl to a simple flat plate. It is normally poured over rice that is already in the center of the dish. Curry on rice can be considered a national dish, similar to ramen noodles. Because curry goes so well with rice, a staple food in Japan, it is a favorite dish in nearly every Japanese home and school kitchen.