This packet of instant Japanese curry rice (also known as ‘kare raisu’) is a sunny yellow with whimsical illustrations of garlic and coriander.
House’s curry comes in a rather yellowish shade of brown, with sizeable beef slices.
An assault on the senses; there was a distinct smell of cinnamon and assorted roasted spices in this curry.
There was a very subtle spicy hint, but it was the sweetness that got a bit curried away and seemed slightly artificial after a few bites.
We like the packaging and sizeable additions of protein, but we think curries should retain a certain degree of spiciness.
We don’t care much for Hachi’s modern packaging with lots of swirly green and black designs, but we like the helpful illustrated cooking instructions. Apparently this is a boil-in-the-bag Japanese curry.
Hachi’s curry is a rich caramel-brown, with small cubes of soft carrots and even smaller (peppercorn-sized) bits that turned out to be ground beef.
In comparison to House, Hachi had a richer, meatier scent that was pleasantly appetising.
The spices in this curry are well-balanced, with a pleasant sweet note that went well with the spicy, beefy flavours of the curry. We wished we had more rice to mop it up.
Hachi is a deserving winner in this battle of the kare raisu due to its robust flavours and fragrant beefiness.
Find these instant Japanese beef curry from Isetan.