Review: Kokumaro Curry

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House Foods Kokomaru Curry
House Foods Kokomaru Curry
  • Overall
4.5

Is Kokumaro Curry any good?

Without doubt, this is a wonderful Japanese curry. Rich, luscious and teeming with moreish umami. The only single drawback are those sodium levels, which to be honest, you’re going to find in pretty much any product of this type. Aside from that, this is the stuff of dreams. Buy Kokumaro curry on Amazon

There’s something ever so wonderfully comforting about Japanese curries. More closely related to the five spice sweetness of a Chinese curry, than the earthiness of an Indian curry; Japanese curries offer a salty umami, caramely whack of flavor to the tastebuds. Admittedly some of that no doubt comes from the judicious use of MSG – see the packaging below for all ingredients.

This curry sauce base from House Foods is as good as other items in their line up – which is to say – it’s fabulous. If you’re a lover of this uniquely styled curry-profile, you’ll be a big fan of this one. The Kokumaro curry cubes make for a velvety smooth sauce that will happily support a variety of proteins and veggies.

This Kokumaro Curry is just one of many in the House Foods line up, all slightly so different, not to mention spiced differently too. While this product is marked as medium-hot I didn’t personally detect any material spiciness to the sauce. In fairness, I’m a spice lover, so add that to your calculous if you’re not.

House Foods Kokumaro Curry – what’s in the box?

Inside the cardboard packaging you’ll find two plastic containers, each one individually sealed. Inside each is a block of four cubes. When I open one of the sealed plastic packages I personally store the remaining cubes in an airtight container in the fridge.

House Foods Kokomaru Curry whats in the box
House Foods Kokomaru Curry whats in the box

How much water should you use for Kokumaro Curry?

See the close up below for House Food’s own recommended dilution amounts. I find that half a cup of water per single cube makes for a fabulously rich experience. Don’t forget that the sauce will lose water and concentrate as it cooks, plus gain moisture from added items like vegetables too.

I usually find myself starting with one cup of water and two curry cubes and carefully monitor and adjust from there, adding a little more water very carefully if needed as it cooks.

House Foods Kokomaru Curry suggested water
House Foods Kokomaru Curry suggested water

Cooking with Kokumaro Curry

Obviously the use case for this product is fairly limited. You bought curry cubes – you’re probably making a curry! Here’s one I put together using Gardein’s beefless ground crumbles with a side of steamed rice and home cooked garlic boo choy.

House Foods Kokomaru Curry with Gardein The Ultimate Beefless Ground
House Foods Kokomaru Curry with Gardein The Ultimate Beefless Ground
House Foods Kokomaru Curry with Gardein The Ultimate Beefless Ground close up
House Foods Kokomaru Curry with Gardein The Ultimate Beefless Ground close up

Here’s a slightly less thicker version, using the sauce more sparingly. This time I cooked the sauce with a variety of vegetables before adding some microwaved MorningStar Farms Chick’n Nuggets right at the end.

Curry chicken bites with House Foods Kokomaru Curry
Curry chicken bites with House Foods Kokomaru Curry

I actually reserved some of the curry vegetable sauce and the next day created this final dish – curry fried rice. Simply add some curry/vegi leftovers to a regular fried rice and you’ll have a wonderfully umami-popping plate!

Here’s one more curry, this time a more classical Japanese beef curry with grass fed beef, onions, peas and carrots:

Japanese beef curry
Japanese beef curry

Kokumaro Curry sauce ingredients and nutrition

These curry cubes pack an almighty wallop of sodium – I mean – that’s part of the reason they taste so good. Beyond that, just look at the mad science laundry list of ingredients, everything from cheeses to dried tangerine peel. This isn’t something you’re ever probably going to make at home.

In terms of cooking, I tend to deviate a little from the packet. A break the cubes into a pan with a little oil and heat until they dissolve. Not too hot so they burn. Once a roux forms I add the water (as detailed above) and mix well. From there I turn the heat up which lets the sauce thicken, and it’s at that point I usually use the curry sauce in my recipe; whether that’s adding to another dish, or adding items directly to cook in the sauce.

House Foods Kokomaru Curry ingredients and nutrition
House Foods Kokomaru Curry ingredients and nutrition
House Foods Kokomaru Curry package front
House Foods Kokomaru Curry package front

What’s a fair price for House Foods Kokumaro Curry?

I paid $6.49 for this 8 cube pack on Amazon – as I use a couple cubes per person per serving, I make that $1.75 per serving which is more than fine by me

Tried this? Let us know what you think!