We learn that packet Japanese curry sauce has the stamp of approval from tops old Japanese ladies. Being the Evel Knievels of processed foods that we are, we give it a try.
On our recent Japan trip we got a taste for Japanese curry. Somebody has to. It started with the above bowl of udon soup with curry. This was devoured for breakfast in a stand'n'slurp noodle bar on a train station platform in Osaka. Miss Chicken ordered it because it sounded goofy, but was it surprisingly tasty, simple and homely, a good cheap stodge filler, an almost guilty pleasure.
On the same trip we noticed packet curry sauce was popular with old ladies as we loitered around the supermarkets. And if packet curry is good enough for tops Japanese old ladies, then packet curry is good enough for us. So back in Sydney Miss Chicken picks up this packet for a couple of bucks. It's one of those things I've always either ignored or laughed at in Asian supermarkets, so it's a whole bunch of fun to give it a try.
Miss Chicken also picked up a 60 cent pack of long life udon noodles. I'm sure most Japanese ladies would be buying fresh ones...
The instructions say to boil the udon noodles for three minutes, but Miss Chicken cheats and pours hot kettle water them and leaves them for a few minutes with a bowl/lid on top. She then opens the wonderful curry in a packet: the curry sauce is in block form, snap off one segment per bowl. And don't mistake if for chocolate, or space food sticks.
Miss Chicken heats up the curry block in water, strains the udon to get the yukky starch water out, then adds sauce to the udon.
Add some token greenery and Hiroshi's your uncle: Japanese curry with udon. It's sure to get your kicked off Masterchef but as a cheap home snack, it's not too shabby. And given the fact that Japanese old ladies eat this, technically speaking, it's authentic Japanese food.