Japanese curry is one of my favourite comfort foods. I love the thick brown sauce similar to a demi-glace and the mix of classic curry spices. 95% of my homemade curries are made using pre-made curry roux instead of making it from scratch.
Coco Ichibanya is a famous chain of Japanese restaurants serving kare raisu (Japanese for curry rice). What makes this particular chain unique is that you can customize your own curry by choosing the level of heat, flavor intensity, rice portion, ingredients, and toppings of your choice.
Submerge the chopped eggplant in cold water and leave for 15 minutes.
In a large pot over medium high heat, add 1 tablespoon oil, grated ginger and apple.
Add onion and cook.
Add water and stir. Add carrot, potatoes, and green beans and stir. Bring to a boil and lower the heat to a simmer.
Cook the eggplant.
Break the curry roux and stir it into the pot until it’s completely melted.
When there’s 10 minutes left to the cooking process, open the lid and add the eggplant and cherry tomatoes.
Serve with fukujinzuke (Japanese relish) and cooked Japanese rice.