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Behind most of your favorite dishes is a unique story. After all, the food we end up eating now did not always taste as good as it does now. And one that piques the most curiosity in terms of its history, is the Japanese Curry Recipe (Battleship Version). The name, itself, makes it stand out, and makes most diners not familiar with it ask where it came from. I’ve got the answer to that, as well as some steps on how to make it for yourself! Just keep reading to learn about this flavorful dish!
What is “battleship curry?”
You might have guessed that the name of our recipe indicates where it came from. And that guess is right because this was born from a need to give soldiers, as well as sailors the nutrition they need. In order to prevent vitamin deficiency, the Japanese navy began to adopt a British kind of curry with the likes of meat, vegetables, and a curry sauce. This would help them get enough thiamine.
And even when World War II had ended, the craving for this dish continued among former military members. Curry ended up being served in various restaurants to satisfy the craving. Because of its popularity, each naval ship was even known to have their own unique curry recipe. What we will be cooking up today is one of those variations! For this, we will use some thinly sliced beef instead of pork for something tender and flavorful.
Before we head to that though, you may want to look at more curry options that have become famous in different parts of the world.
More Delicious Curry Recipes
This has become a staple in both Korean and Japanese cuisine for a reason. Chicken Katsu Curry provides a beautiful contrast in the crispy chicken mixed with some velvety, thick curry sauce. It is also a great and delicious way of integrating a few vegetables into your meal, such as potatoes and carrots.
Of course, Filipino cooks do not fall behind when it comes to utilizing the best seasonings. This Pinoy Chicken Curry is distinct in a way wherein it uses the curry flavor for stew more than a sauce. And so you can expect a thinner coat around your chicken, and something a bit milder compared to your Japanese curry. But this is definitely the way to go if you are craving something warm and creamy during a cold day!
Imagine the semi-sweet, spicy and umami flavor of curry but this time with some delicious shrimp! This Filipino Shrimp Curry is a great way to get creative with your curry powder without straying too far from the irresistible taste of the classic recipe. This is also one of my top picks for beginner cooks as it is pretty easy to make so long as you follow the steps well.
How to Make Japanese Curry (Battleship Version)
1. Seasoning the beef slices
Before anything, we need to get the meat ready for our curry dish. Kick things off by getting 2 lbs. of beef you have sliced up thinly, and sprinkling salt and ground black pepper on it. Add as much as you would like, but try not to go overboard so that we do not end up with beef that is overwhelmingly salty. Then set this aside for now.
2. Stir-frying your beef
Pour 2 tablespoons of cooking oil in a cooking pot. Turn the heat on, and then let this get hot. Afterwards, you can add 1 tablespoon of butter, and melt this. Then get your beef slices from earlier, and stir-fry this with your oil and butter. When your meat becomes light brown, you can incorporate 2 yellow onions you’ve chopped, as well as 3 cloves of garlic you’ve sliced. Sauté these for 1 minute.
3. Cooking the carrots
Grab the 2 carrots you’ve diced, and place this in your pot. Continue cooking everything, and stir the mixture every once in a while. We will keep this going for 2 minutes.
4. Letting the mixture boil, and then seasoning it
You may now pour 3 cups of water into your pot. With the heat going, we will just wait for this to boil. Once that happens, you can add your 1 Knorr beef cube, 4 tablespoons of curry powder, 3 tablespoons of tomato ketchup, 3 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce, and 3 teaspoons of honey. Then place the cover on top of the pot. We will let this all simmer for 20 minutes.
5. Adding potatoes, cornstarch and water
Since we want to prevent our potatoes from breaking down, while keeping them firm, we will put them inside the pot towards the latter part of this cooking process. That being said, you can now integrate the 2 potatoes you’ve diced into the dish. And then just keep simmering for 12 more minutes. While you wait, you can mix 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 3 tablespoons of water in a clean container. Once these are well-mixed, you can put your mixture in the pot. Stir the ingredients together.
6. Putting cheese and coffee in the mix
You might think mixing these two components into our curry dish is strange. But these are exactly what make our Japanese Curry even richer as the cheese adds a layer of depth. Meanwhile, coffee is perfect for a hint of bitterness. Just put ¼ cup of grated cheddar cheese, alongside ½ cup of coffee in your mixture. Then top that all off with some salt and ground black pepper to taste.
Well done! You have made heaps of delicious Japanese Curry Battleship Version! Just transfer this to a serving plate of choice, and then you can already begin eating. For any questions, just leave them in the comments below.
- 2 lbs. beef thinly sliced
- 1 Knorr beef cube
- 2 potatoes diced
- 2 carrots diced
- 4 tablespoons curry powder
- 3 tablespoons tomato ketchup
- 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 3 teaspoons honey
- 2 yellow onions chopped
- 3 cloves garlic sliced
- 3 cups water
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- ½ cup coffee
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- ¼ cup grated cheddar cheese
- Salt and ground black pepper to taste
- Season beef with salt and pepper. Set aside.
- Heat oil in a cooking pot. Add the butter and let it melt.
- Put the beef slices and stir-fry until it turns light brown in color.
- Add onion and garlic. Sauté for 1 minute.
- Add the carrot and cook it for 2 minutes while stirring occasionally.
- Pour the water into the cooking pot. Let it boil.
- Add the Knorr Beef Cube, Curry Powder, Ketchup. Worcestershire sauce, and honey. Cover and Simmer for 15 minutes.
- Add the potato and continue to simmer for 12 minutes.
- Combine cornstarch with 3 tablespoons of water. Stir and pour into the pot. Stir.
- Add cheese and coffee.
- Season with salt and ground black pepper as needed.