Kure city has long had a close association with the Maritime Self Defense Force.
Opening up its military vessels to the public every Sunday, the Maritime Self Defense Force’s base has become a very popular sightseeing spot.
On board each of the vessels, Friday lunch consists of curry!
The idea is that the sailors don’t lose their sense of what day it during long voyages.
As the curry recipes are different aboard each of the 22 military vessels, an event is held where 22 chefs recreate the same curry flavors to be enjoyed at a shop that received authorization from the captains of the vessels.
Apparently all the chefs had a great time visiting the vessels directly to receive instruction on how the different curries are prepared.
This time we’d like to introduce some of those Kure Maritime Self Defense Force’s curries.
Clayton Bay Hotel, a symbol of Kure that stands quietly in the port, serves three of the Maritime Self Defense Force curries.
Chefs from the casual diner where you can enjoy the feel of a seaside resort, the French restaurant where you can have fun elegantly while gazing at the views of the Seto Inland Sea right before your eyes, and the traditional Japanese restaurant, all tried their hands at the Self Defense Force’s curries and managed to recreate the flavors splendidly.
I was surprised by all of their deep, refined flavors.
JDS Ise Curry:
This curry, which you can enjoy at Sogno & Cote d’Azur (1st floor), is a truly filling curry with hints of chicken bone broth, vegetables, beans, banana and other flavors.
While the banana flavor makes it tropical, the spices make it a tingling ‘new sensation’ curry.
JDS Towada Curry:
The curry served at Goto (Japanese restaurant on the 2nd floor) has a familiar air. It has a traditional, nostalgic flavor that makes you feel warm.
It contains grated peach and apple, and to go with the sweetness and full-bodied flavor, a bit of spiciness leads to a pleasant finish.
Really popular even among women, the curry served at Vert Marin (French restaurant on the 11th floor) is truly elegant.
The balance between the texture of the cow tongue and the smooth roux packed with the good flavors of vegetables is combined in a refined way that leads to a polished finish.
Even though they’re all called curry, the preference at each vessel is different and so there’s an infinite variety of flavors! It might be fun to try all 22 different varieties.
Enjoy the feeling of almost having sailed on a military vessel while enjoying Kure gourmet, the Maritime Self Defense Force curry.
In cooperation with:
Clayton Bay Hotel
Address: 3-3 Tsukiji-cho, Kure city, Hiroshima prefecture
Kure Maritime Self Defense Force’s curry Organizer
Kure, Yamato’s Hometown Gourmet Campaign working committee
Setouchi Finder Photo-writers: Makoto Esaki & Yoko Suganami (Rainbow Sake Co., Ltd)
Yoko Suganami Rainbow Sake, Inc. After an extended stay in Hawaii, in 2011, I returned to my hometown of Kure, Hiroshima. Having worked at advertising companies in both Japan and Hawaii, I founded Rainbow Sake - a PR company with the goal of spreading Sake abroad. I hope that sake will ""bring the people of the world together"" and that I can be a part of that. I often travel abroad, and mostly to Hawaii and Singapore. Every time I come back home, I rediscover the beauty of my hometown and the happiness the easygoing, calm, fresh and simple sea and mountains of Setouchi bring.
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