My go-to meal at my favorite cheapie Japanese restaurant is a panko-crusted fried pork cutlet over rice (my recipe is here), or a hearty bowl of soba noodles. So when I happened upon this can of Japanese- style curry at my local 99c only Store, I had to try it out. The selections are beef, chicken or pork. I bought beef for this tasting test.
Japanese-style curry is a comfort food, like biscuits and sausage gravy from the South. Unlike the liquid-y India or Thai curries, this is thicker, almost like Texas chili. But the pleasing flavor is the familiar cumin and garam masala, with a slight chile heat that faintly lingers. It is a tasty sauce.
I cooked up half a cup of white rice to go with the curry, making it a filling meal. I don't think you will want to eat it unadorned like a soup. I was pleased overall, but took off a couple of points for the skimpy veggies and meat. So on a 1 to 9 scale, 9 being best, I give Kikkoman's Curry Sauce with Beef and Vegetables a strong 7 ! Next, I'm curious to try the chicken and pork.