Time for another captivating I-know-all-been-waiting report on retort pouch curries. Consumed this week a special treat, Tokyo-X Pork Curry. Was a just recently received gift and unrelated to my original stash.
Tokyo X is a Japanese brand breed pig where its pork product much like Matsuzaka
or the more famous Kobe wagyu is to beef. Wiki mentions that it was
highlighted once on the original Iron Chef but I personally remember
first hearing on very early Dotch episodes (quickly becoming a subsequent regular in show appearances).
In contrast to the fancier gold foiled box, the pouch inside was almost mysteriously unembellished. Once opened, I noticed a more than usual amount of oils around the foil lining. The color an intense appetite inducing dark caramel with extremely nice fragrance to match. Plated of course along with a serving of also steaming hakumai rice.
To me the seductive rue possessed an almost dizzying quality of natural beauty that I decided not to garnish with my usual Fukushinzuke pickles. (And of all times I even had rakkyo ready...)
smaller cubes of sweet carrot and potatoes and at a chu-kara (中辛)
medium heat level. It wasn't as porky in flavor (like how the Wagyu Beef Curry had intense beefiness) as much as it was a Really Really Good
Japanese curry. The dryer texture of the pork pieces were perhaps a bit
expectation but the flavor of the curry with excellent rue definitely
made up for it. Reminded me of ones you might find served in semi-formal
Ginza Yoshoku or old school Japanese hotel restaurants. Not too shabby
to think the meal came from a vacuum sealed pouch.