As we all know, the Japanese are very serious when it comes to the aesthetics of their dishes. The latest trend is a dish called “damukare” or “dam curry”. Japanese restaurants are now serving dam curry rice that brings catastrophic food flooding to your plate. Enjoy!!
Japanese curry rice is one of their most popular foods, but it’s not as sophicated looking as you would think. The dish depicts the rice shaped like a dam, yes one of those large structures that are found on rivers, which usually produce electricity. Curry pools on one side of the rice dam, and tonkatsu (a type of cutlet), meat, vegetables stay on the other side. Dry and wet, neatly separated. Now it won’t be considered rude to ‘play with your food’. You can break the dam and flood your veggie village with curry. It’s food and functional art, all in one.
This curry dish is made in restaurants meant for tourists visiting various Japanese dams, and the shape varies from place to place. In some places it’s only made on special occasions, usually to commemorate dam anniversaries.
While the dish is nothing new and has been served throughout Japan since the 1960’s, it is only in recent years that it really got popular and trendy. We hope you enjoyed all these images of damukare and maybe you’ll feel adventurous and try this dish at home too.