30 - Spicy-spicy-spicy instant Japanese curry

The other day I was feeling both hungry and lazy.

So I got down on some instant Japanese curry:

I'm not the biggest fan of Japanese curry, to be honest.

I prefer Thai and Indian curries, because they tend to have a bit more of that in-your-face curry flavor.

Whereas Japanese curry tends to be pretty mild. Especially kid-friendly curries like "Vermont Curry:"

That has a touch of apple and honey in it.

Also, it's a mystery to me why they call it バーモントカレー (baamonto karee), "Vermont Curry."

See in the corner of that box? It says 甘口 (amakuchi), literally, "sweet + mouth."

Sometimes this word does mean "sweet flavor." But in many cases, it just means something like "mild flavor."

This is a bit different than the curry I had:

karasa X 20 bai
20 Times Spicy!
(Literally: "spiciness + X + 20 + times.")

karai, karai, karai, umai
Spicy, spicy, spicy, delicious

(Note: In this case, writing カライ in katakana instead of the usual 辛い just makes the emphasis of the word a bit stronger.)

(Note #2: うまい means pretty much the same thing as おいしい [oishii], but the word has a slightly rougher nuance [making it especially popular with guys]. It can also be used as a replacement for 上手 [jouzu] when talking about how someone is good at something, e.g. 日本語うまいね [nihongo umai ne], "You're good at Japanese.")

So let's look at how to make spicy boxed curry:

How to cook

oyu de atatameru baai
When heating in hot water
(Literally: "hot water + で + to heat + case.")

(Note: The other option would be to heat the bag up in a microwave, a 電子レンジ [denshi renji].)


nakabukuro no fuu wo kirazu ni
nettou no naka ni ire,
san kara go funkan futtou sasemasu.

Place the unopened bag into boiling water for 3 to 5 minutes.
(Literally [Line #1]: "inside bag + の + seal + を + not cutting")
(Literally [Line #2]: "boiling water + の + inside + に + insert")
(Literally [Line #3]: "3-5 + minute period + boil させます [causative form of する (suru)].")

Like this:

Then we need some rice.

Luckily Rei always keeps these frozen packs of rice in our freezer:

That's half 玄米 (genmai, "brown rice") and half 白米 (hakumai, "white rice")

So I microwave that, then just pour curry around it:

Rei absolutely demanded that I put cheese in it, saying:

chiizu ire na yo
Put cheese in it.
(Literally: "cheese + put in!")

(Note: This construction of "masu-stem + なよ" is a cool way to tell someone to do something. It's not rude, but it is very casual.)

I was like, "No thanks, I don't want cheese in it."

But apparently I don't know anything about curry.

So she ignored me and put it in anyways:

Same thing happened with 福神漬け (fukujindzuke), which is a type of pickled daikon that Japanese people use as a garnish for curries (here's a recipe for it):

This was homemade 福神漬け (which I just learned how to read/write in kanji), courtesy of Rei's mom.

(Literally: "was able to do..." I have no idea why that means "finished" sometimes.)


Bonus Phrases:

まちがえて あまくち かっちゃった。
I bought the sweet flavor (curry) by mistake.

ランチ おいしかった ね。
Lunch was good, wasn't it?

じょうず に できた!
It turned out well.
Literally: skillfully + was able to make The speaker is talking about something they cooked, baked, etc. However, it could also work when, for example, building a shelf.

つくりかた おしえて。
Teach me how to make it. // Will you tell me how you made it?

でんしレンジ もってる?
Do you have a microwave?

ふくじんづけ たりる?
Is that enough fukujindzuke?

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