I have to confess that coming up with a dish for Japan that I thought the whole family would eat was difficult.
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I searched through books and all over the Internet until I finally stumbled upon the idea of curry rice. I was surprised to learn that curry was one of the most popular dishes in Japan. Usually it’s made with an instant curry roux. But, I knew I would never find that in my small town. Luckily, I happened across this recipe for homemade Japanese curry rice from No Recipes.
I discovered that making the curry rice was going to be a long process. It took me about 1.5 hours from start to finish. Since our typical meal usually take about 30 minutes, I really had to plan ahead.
We made plans for a special night of Japanese food and by the time that night got here, everyone was excited.
But, no one wanted to help. So I chopped… and I chopped. I tossed veggies in a pan. I cooked up a batch of rice. Finally, a little helper came to the kitchen to help.
I had AJ (age 3) stand at the stove and help stir. There’s a lot of stirring involved, so it helps to have a helper.
So, we worked and worked softening up all of our veggies.
We added the chicken, the potatoes, and the carrots. Finally it was time to make the roux. Yum… did the kitchen ever smell good!
AJ and I gathered the family and it was time to eat.
My little kitchen helper gobbled her curry. Boy, was it good!
Unfortunately, it turned out the the other two members of the family weren’t fans of curry. Oh well. We still had fun on our culinary trip to Japan.
I hope you’ll consider joining us by making a Japanese dish of your own!
Welcome to “Around The World in 12 Dishes”. We will be taking you on a journey around the world, (loosely) following in Phileas Fogg’s footsteps, exploring 12 different countries with our children, by cooking 12 dishes with them. One for each country visited.
The world is such a wonderfully diverse and colorful place. Our children see maps, flags and books. They see postcards and maybe they see films about the world.. but let’s really bring it to life through food! Taste and smell don’t often get explored, we think this would be wonderfully fun and interesting for you and your children.
Not only is it an exciting and different way to learn about cultures, but cooking with children brings a host of benefits – from numeracy to science. How can you beat that?
We had started our journey the same way Phileas Fogg did in London, UK, and Stockholm, Sweden continued on to Moscow in Russia. Now our next stop is New Delhi, capital of the exotic sub-continent of India!
- March 4 – First country was the UK
- April 1 – The second country was Sweden
- May 6 – The third country was Russia
- June 3 – The fourth country was India
- July 1 – The fifth country is Japan!
How to join the fun!
- The only mandatory part is the dish, the rest is all up to you, we just thought it would be fun and more concrete to the kids as to why we are making a unusual dish.
- Cook a dish from Japan: The goal is to explore this country through FOOD and activities if you wish. Make a typical dish (sweet or savoury) from the country with the kids, take photos and have fun!
- Typical dishes: Sushi, Gohan, Chicken Yakitori, Gyoza, Sukiyaki, Yakisoba.
- Print your passport: Click here to download, comes with space for a photo of the child with the dish. Here is a little cover for it if you wish 🙂
- Color a placemat: Once colored/painted or whatever other way you want to do this, you can laminate it or put it between clear contact paper to use it over and over. Great conversation piece for you and your kids. Click here to download it.
- Make a craft: you can make a country related craft with the kids [optional!]
- Read a book: We recommend “K is for Kabuki”.
- Fun fact: Many of the western style toilets in Japan have a built-in bidet system for spraying your backside.
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