“Navy gourmet” you can taste in Kure, a town related to the Navy. In addition to the famous “Kure Navy's curry,” you can also enjoy high-caliber menus such as “Nikujaga” that was once tasted by Marshal Togo Heihachiro, as well as the “Battleship Yamato's Omurice” that is cooked the same way as on the famous boat.
What is “Navy Gourmet”?
“Navy gourmet” created to prevent disease
“Navy Gourmet” is a healthy diet created to prevent illness during the long boat missions. Navy curry was invented as a dish that could supplement nutrients that were lacking the Marines at that time. In the Navy, it is well known that “Friday is curry day” in order to prevent the sense of the day of the week from becoming dull.
In Kure, a city related to the Navy, efforts are being made to reprint “Naval Gourmet” based on Meiji Navy cooking textbooks and recipes issued on ships.
“Nikujaga” once tasted by Marshal Togo Heihachiro
A simple taste with tightly condensed umami
This dish can be found at the “Inaka Yoshoku Ise-ten” which was founded by a former Navy cook. It's cooked in a unique way : no water is added. It features a simple flavor that is tightly condensed with the umami of potatoes, beef, and onions.
There is a legend saying that Marshal Togo Heihachiro once asked the cook to make beef stew. However, the cook who did not have any red wine, added soy sauce instead. Maybe that is the start of the sweet nikujaga ?
＜If you want to eat it＞ “Inaka Yoshiku Ise-ya”
Address: 4-12-16 Nakadori, Kure City Phone Number: 0823-21-3817
Specialty “Kure Navy curry”
Faithfully reproduce curry cooked on ships
The curry eaten for lunch every Friday by many units of the Maritime Self-Defense Force is a delicious curry filled with the commitment of cooks who think first about the health of the members.
Kurekai curry is a very tasty dish where you can eat the same curry as the one eaten on ships belonging to the Kure Base of the Maritime Self-Defense Force.
The cooks of each unit taught the owner of retaurants how to make their curry to faithfully reproduce the taste. The boat commander certified “This is our curry!”