Warning: include(/home/content/a/s/h/ashleyraines/html/fj/templates/rhuk_milkyway/css/stats.php) [function.include]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/content/27/3527827/html/fj/index.php on line 16

Warning: include() [function.include]: Failed opening '/home/content/a/s/h/ashleyraines/html/fj/templates/rhuk_milkyway/css/stats.php' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/local/php5/lib/php') in /home/content/27/3527827/html/fj/index.php on line 16

Warning: include(/home/content/a/s/h/ashleyraines/html/fj/images/stories/slider/dirs.php) [function.include]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/content/27/3527827/html/fj/index.php on line 19

Warning: include() [function.include]: Failed opening '/home/content/a/s/h/ashleyraines/html/fj/images/stories/slider/dirs.php' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/local/php5/lib/php') in /home/content/27/3527827/html/fj/index.php on line 19
foodjapan.net - Soup Curry

Read the Blog

The epic journey, in chronlogical order

Follow me as I battle hungry dogs, the Akita dialect and angry old ladies as I hunt for the perfect sushi.

Go to the blog +

By Food

Sushi · sake · sashimi - food listings.

See all articles we have on the food we've eaten / seen / been too scared to try. Also check out The List!

Browse by Food +

By Place

Hokkaido · Tohoku · Kanto etc.

I'm aiming to get through 60 cities in 77 days! See the places I've passed through already.

Browse by Place +
  • Error loading feed data.
  • Error loading feed data.

Soup Curry

E-mail Print PDF
Soup Curry

[food]* Essentially vegetable soup with just a hint of curry, this unexpectedly gorgeous dish has experienced a huge burst of popularity recently in its native Sapporo. 


Soup curry is a thin, soup-like curry typically served with copious amounts of meat and vegetables. White meat is common and "traditional" soup curry uses chicken, carrots and peppers, but virtually all ingredients can be used in one combination or another. It is usually served with a side of rice.

Prices range from ¥1,000 (£7.40 / $11.60) to ¥1,500 (£11.10 / $17.40) on average.




In the 1970's Tatsujiri Muneo, the owner of a small cafe in Sapporo, came up with the idea of adding Indian curry to his family's Chinese-style traditional soup recipe. Although originally a plain recipe, at a customer's request Tatsujiri began adding "leftover" ingredients to the recipe - such as the chicken used in making dashi - giving rise to the version of soup curry we see today.

Despite being popular in and around his local area, it was not until 1993 that the name "soup curry" was conceived (before then it was "nutritional curry", "Sri Lankan curry", or various) and not until around 2002 that it experienced a huge boom in popularity, with over 200 soup curry speciality restaurants open in Sapporo alone.




Soup curry is found predominantly in Sapporo. Ajanta, the restaurant which invented it, is still open and doing excellent business, but I would recommend the restaurant / bar Garaku for a more up-to-date take on this dish. 


2/F Minamisanjo 2-7

Tel: 011-233-5568


Getting there: 4 min. walk from Susukino Station (Nanboku Line)




I loved it! Think rich, delicious vegetable soup with just a hint of curry for a completely novel, exciting experience. And in the sense that it doesn't hesitate for a second in smashing past culinary tradition to create something new and wonderful - yes, I'd say it's completely Japanese there, too. I have to admit I don't get why it's served with rice, but still... ♥♥♥♥

For more information, see our blog entry covering soup curry.

Have you ever tried soup curry? Which one? What did you think? Avid cooks - anyone dare try and venture a recipe of your own? Send in an e-mail or comment below!


10 Sec. Blurb

Left direction

The administrative and cultural capital of Japan, Tokyo is home to 12 million people, 160,000 restaurants and the most Michelin stars in the world (227)
Uni - sea urchin

Uni, or sea urchin, is one of the most treasured delicacies in Japan, but it's also eaten in Chile, the West Indies and in Mediterranean cuisine.
Right direction


Current Status

See my gallery at fotologue.jp


Articles : 45
Web Links : 6
foodjapan is supported by Thomson Reuters Hagio Prize and SOAS
You are here: Top Food S Soup Curry

Special: "The List"


Chicken wing ice cream from Nagoya? Mm... or not. See how far Loren has gotten on "The List".

Latest: #25 - Moyoro-nabe $$$ / 


Thanks for dropping by!


joomla analytics