Recently, we shared five tips for extra-yummy curry rice with our dear readers, because we believe that everyone should be able to enjoy the very best of this mildly spicy, sweet and hearty Japanese comfort food the right way. But one thing we forgot to mention is that presentation is an important part of the curry experience. You can’t just slop spoonfuls of the yummy brown stuff all over the rice and expect it to look appetising.
Luckily, we’ve now stumbled upon a new serving method that’s gaining popularity in Japan: “Dam curry”!
“Dam” curry rice, as you might expect, simply involves holding back the pools of delicious brown curry sauce using shored-up piles of rice, to prevent a curry overflow. Some will leak through, and that’s fine (think of it as generating lovely, delicious energy through it), but just enough to add to your rice a bit at a time rather than drowning it.
Diners in Japan have been singing dam curry’s praises online:
▼ It looks so easy! Dam easy, in fact!
つなを＠テトタクシーξ*'ヮ')ξ (@tsuna_wo) March 29, 2015
▼ Keep your salad and sides separate with a handy dam made of rice! It’s ingenious!
(@yasome) March 12, 2015
▼ There’s nothing worse than soggy lettuce. Protect the leaves at all costs!
achi＊ (@xxxa101) March 21, 2015
本日のダムカレー みなかみダムカレー(道の駅水紀行館) http://t.co/JymqJHdtSG—
ダムドライバー＊なます (@dam_namasu) March 26, 2015
神楽(働's) (@kagurayam) March 23, 2015
▼ The “dam” curry method can also be used to ensure you don’t have to put in too much effort when it comes to getting a perfect spoonful of curry and rice.
ダムのおっさん（宮島咲） (@dammania) March 20, 2015
がんもさん (@ganmosan) March 28, 2015
▼ That is some impressive tofu engineering work.
画像整頓してたら、昔作ったダムカレー画像が出てきた。 今ならもう少し上手く作れるな。…美味くじゃないよw http://t.co/BO2GWg3TUH—
おでこし(金谷)Berryz行くべ! (@38beem) March 29, 2015
Why not experiment with form and get a little creative next time you’re cooking up a batch of curry? We reckon the “dam” curry method would also be the perfect way to keep your titans safe from a curry attack…