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Japanese Battleship Curry

Todd Coleman

This curry recipe, from Japanese Soul Cooking by Harris Salat and Tadashi Ono (Ten Speed Press, 2013), is based on the one served aboard the navy patrol ship Hachijo each Friday. This recipe first appeared in our March 2014 issue.

Japanese Battleship Curry
This curry recipe, from Japanese Soul Cooking by Harris Salat and Tadashi Ono (Ten Speed Press, 2013), is based on the one served aboard the navy patrol ship Hachijo each Friday.

Ingredients

2 tbsp. canola oil
1 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 lb. boneless pork shoulder, trimmed and cut into 1" pieces
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
Kosher salt, to taste
3 medium yellow onions, roughly chopped
3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
2 medium carrots, roughly chopped
5 cups chicken stock or water
5 tbsp. curry powder such as S&B brand
3 tbsp. tonkatsu sauce such as Bull Dog brand
2 tbsp. ketchup
2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce, preferably Japanese such as Kagome brand
2 tsp. honey
14 tsp. cayenne
34 lb. russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 34" pieces
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
12 cup grated mild cheddar cheese
12 cup brewed coffee
1 tbsp. potato starch, mixed with 1 tbsp. water
Cooked white rice, for serving

Instructions

Melt oil and butter in a 6-qt saucepan over medium-high heat. Season pork with pepper and salt and add all at once to pan; cook, stirring constantly, until exterior of pork turns white, 2-3 minutes. Add onions; cook until soft, 3-5 minutes. add garlic and carrots; cook until soft, 4-6 minutes. Add stock, bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and stir in curry, tonkatsu, ketchup, Worcestershire, honey, and cayenne; cook, covered, and stirring occasionally, until pork is tender, 30-45 minutes. Add potatoes; cook, covered, until tender, 15-20 minutes. Stir in cheeses, coffee, potato starch mixture, salt, and pepper; cook until curry is slightly thick, about 5 minutes more. Serve with rice on the side.