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Curry is the quintessential spicy dish in Japan

Ginger helps make this uniquely Japanese curry

Culinary spices came to Japan with western traders in the eighteenth century so now Indian-influenced curry dishes reflect national tastes and ingredients.

This is what Japanese chef Makiko Itoh told the Japan Times yesterday (August 25th), claiming that curry is considered one of the country's top two national dishes alongside ramen.

She said that since curry was first introduced to Japan in the middle of the eighteenth century "it has been changed and adapted so much that it now stands on its own as something uniquely Japanese".

For her own beef curry and rice recipe, she cooked beef in onion, garlic and ginger, adding carrots, potatoes and bay leaves.

After simmering for an hour, she advised to add the curry powder and red chilli to taste, serving in a shallow bowl of rice, garnishing with grated cheese or a raw or boiled egg.

Ms Itoh is the author of the Just Bento Cookbook and blog, which has been the focus of international press attention in publications such as the Guardian and Gourmet magazine.

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