Ah, that ubiquitous – and devilishly addictive – crunchy deep-fried bun with a mild yet flavourful curry filling. There are various competing origin stories, but it appears that this spicy, savoury bread was created during a time when it was trendy to put a Japanese spin on Western food.
The kare pan at Bistro Kirakutei, a Japanese-Indian fusion restaurant best known for its curries, features generous fillings and are sold for takeaway next to the register near the entrance. There are two choices: normal (circular bun) and spicy (oval bun). While the former has a mild flavour, the latter has a stinging kick that would appease any spice fiend.