Bachelor food: Japanese Beef Curry

April 9, 2008 9:21 PM

My parents and brother come back from their 2-week trip to Shanghai this weekend. During my mother’s absence, I’ve been taking turns with my cousin making what I’d like to call “bachelor food”: all kinds of pasta, curries and rice porridges with pork or fish.

One of the easiest dishes that I like to make is Japanese-style beef curry. The main ingredients for 4 serves:

  • 700g of chuck or casserole beef
  • 1 large onion
  • A couple of carrots
  • S&B brand “Golden Curry” paste – available in the Asian aisle of your supermarket or an Asian grocery store


  1. Cut up the meat into cubes. Marinate with salt, sugar and pepper for about half an hour. I also like to add a few tablespoons of sesame-seed oil to my marinates – it has a very nice aroma.
  2. Chop up the onion and carrots.
  3. Brown the onions on high heat. Then add the beef and brown these slightly.
  4. Add water – you know you are doing it right when the water turns into a lovely brown broth.
  5. Add the carrots and cover the wok to bring the water to a boil. Then turn the heat down to the lowest and let it stew for about an hour.
  6. Add in the curry paste.
  7. Stew for another half an hour or one hour, depending on how tender you like the beef to be.
  8. Serve with rice.

For the impatient, here’s the easy pictorial guide.

Japanese beef curry - cooking steps

Japanese beef curry - cooking steps

p.s. Check out Katie’s Chicken Fried Rice recipe. We were on the same wavelength today. 🙂

14 thoughts on “Bachelor food: Japanese Beef Curry

  1. fiona

    wow! you are a new-age guy who can also cook a mean dish 🙂 looks really yummy too! and you are still single….. are you for real? haha…. just tell me what kinda gals you like, i can help you…. 🙂 will try out your curry recipe this weekend. thanks

  2. Katie

    Haha my version is the “wuss” version – I’ll have to try it with a bit of a kick to it, like chili! 😛

    That curry looks awesome! How funny that we both post a random food post at the same time!

  3. mooiness Post author

    fiona: yes I’m for real and I need help in finding women! Hahah! What kinds of girls I like? Easy-going, sociable, dresses well, and likes to party once in a while. 🙂

    Jeff: If you are pretty enough, why not?!

    sourrain: ah your Guinness beef stew. Yeah might try that one day – it’s a very similar process. 🙂

    Katie: re – same topic, I know eh?! Oh got another tip for you, you can try adding in Spam as well. Yay!

  4. mooiness Post author

    blur ting: hahah the problem is getting the women into my house to try my cooking.

    herman: was it satisfying? 😀

    mf: hahah err, I don’t know myself!

    Katie: you don’t like Spam? One of the top two pork byproducts besides bacon?! I guess it can remind ppl of pet food – they smell similar! Hahah!

  5. sourrain

    I love spam fried rice!!!

    Anyhoo, trivia for you – did you know why Japanese curry never taste like anything Indian? It’s because it was actually an ‘imported’ idea from the UK – Fish n Chip shops here serve curry sauce for you to go with your arteries clotting meal; and yes, it tastes exactly like Japanese Golden Curry!!


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