Thursday, October 4, 2012

Busy Japanese Curry

When I was 18, I babysat for this Japanese family on the weekends. The parents owned a sushi bar and the husband loved it when his wife was there at the restaurant. Unfortunately, there was no daycare on the weekends so I would babysit for her. I loved those kids! We would sit together and watch Japanese cartoons together. I got to love Sailor Moon and Japanese Thomas the Train. I learned most of my Japanese while babysitting the kids.

What is funny about the above picture is that it accurately recreates my memory of the Watanabe home. This is what their kitchen looked like and the mom had bangs like that. Her hair was permed but her daughter looked similar to this little girl and she loved to help her mom cook.

The mom was a professional cook but sometimes she was in a hurry and would put together a quick meal. This was her quickest and most popular with the kids. 

2 cups Short Grained Rice cooked
3.5 oz Box of Japanese Curry Sauce Mix (Golden Curry or Vermont)
Half a pound of Hot Dogs (or Spam to make it Hawaiian style)
Can of corn , water drained
1 potato and 1 carrot diced (only if you have extra time!!)

In a pot, heat 2 tablespoons of oil, add hot dogs and stir fry a couple of minutes. Then add corn and 2 1/2 cups of water. When the water boils, lower heat and add curry sauce mix until it thickens. Put on top of steamed rice. 

5 Servings

Voila! You made an oishiiiii (delicious) meal in under ten minutes!! If you add vegetables cook them in the water until the vegetables get soft. 

Now you have time to clean up after your toddler!

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