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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Karē Tamago Kake Gohan (卵かけご飯のカレー)

I promised you that I would have a curry tamago kake gohan variation this month! I've written many times about how much I love Japanese curry, known as karē, so it only make sense to make a TKG version.

Early this month, I introduced you to tamago kake gohan, which literally means "egg over rice": a very simple dish were a raw egg gets mixed into steaming hot rice for a quick tasty rice bowl. The raw egg cooks a little in the hot rice, for a creamy luscious sauce that coats the grains of rice. It may sound weird, but once you try it, you'll love it too.

As I mentioned last time, since this uses raw eggs, you need to be able to trust your egg source. After all, the heat from the rice does not cook it enough to kill anything creepy. If you don't have parents with heirloom breed chickens in their backyard whose husbandry you trust, there are pasteurized eggs available. However, if the idea of raw egg still makes you queasy even if they are pasteurized, consider how many times you have eaten raw cookie dough without a second thought to the origin of the eggs, or the last time you ordered sunny-side up at your local greasy spoon.

Make sure to adjust the topping to your taste. I could eat the dried garlic straight as a snack, so if you're not a garlic lover, you might want to reduce it to taste. 

Karē Tamago Kake Gohan (卵かけご飯カレー)

1/2-1 cup of rice
1 egg
1/2 tsp of curry powder
1 tbs shoyu
1 tsp dried chives
1 tsp dried minced garlic

Place the rice in a bowl and make a small impression for your egg, then sprinkle with the curry powder. Crack your egg into the well you made in the rice, and pour the shoyu over the top. Sprinkle the dried garlic and chives over the top. To eat: break the yolk and mix well with your chopsticks before eating.

Alternatively, you can mix the shoyu and egg in a small bowl and beat well before pouring over the egg and adding the curry powder and toppings. I personally hate washing dishes, so I usually never use this method because it uses an extra bowl, unless I'm feeling sleepy and clumsy and don't want to risk getting eggshell in my rice.

See Also:
KFC Katsu Karē Donburi
Uomoto Style Karē
Japanese Curry Turnovers

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