Japan and the UK explained

Why does Japanese “curry rice” taste exactly like British 1970’s tinned curry before real Indian curry became popular?

Curry was introduced to Japan by the British in the Meiji period, when it was adopted by the new Japanese conscript army as a cheap and easy food to feed the soldiers with, where all conscription age males ate it and from where it spread over the country.

1 Comment

  1. tamisongs said,

    December 3, 2011 at 3:52 am

    My students find it amusing and amazing that curry is now the most popular meal in Britain.

    Very happily, some of the more expensive bagged curries now available taste very close to real Anglo-Indian-Bengali restaurant curry. Even more happily, naan bread has started to appear in supermarkets.

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