Allow me to tell you of the time I went to the restaurant that serves the biggest plate of curry in all of Nippon. It was three years ago…or was it four? No matter. For that mountain of white rice, towering like a snow-capped Everest over a lake of golden curry, is engraved clearly into my mind’s eye.
Surely there is no larger curry to be found in Japan. And if there exists no larger curry in Japan, then I can only assume that no larger curry exists in the world of man.
But I digress.
One glance at the picture above and you may begin to comprehend the terrible size of this curry.
The restaurant responsible, Kurumi, is located in Kyoto. The curry itself tastes of your standard restaurant curry, and does not boast of any hidden flavors or exotic spices. It is popular with college students in the area, as even the normal serving offers a good quantity for the price.
But the curry I am here to speak of today is the Jumbo Curry, and those of you who dare order it will do well to prepare yourselves, for you will soon find yourself cowering before a plate stacked with slightly less than 10 cups of cooked rice.
When the plate hits the table you may immediately notice the extremely skewed rice-to-curry ratio, and wonder who would pay for this much solid carbohydrate when there is so little liquid carbohydrate to wash it down with. Well, fear not! The benevolent owner of this restaurant offers free curry refills to anyone who orders the Jumbo Curry.
There is one more thing I must warn you about. Though the owner is willing to keep the curry taps open to aid you in felling the starch colossus, he has no tolerance of waste. If you fail to finish the Jumbo Curry, the owner himself will come out from behind the counter wielding a harisen —a comically oversized Japanese paper fan—and beat you in fury.
Pressed on by both a fear of this punishment, as well as a determination to level the mountain that stood before me, I spent several desperate hours with spoon in hand until I had finally conquered the beast.
Regrettably, it has been reported that Kurimi is currently shut down indefinitely for reasons unknown.