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Katsukarē (カツカレー) is a Japanese dish consisting of a pork cutlet (tonkatsu) served with a portion of Japanese rice and curry. It is served in a large plate and is typically eaten using a spoon or fork. The cutlet is usually precut into strips, eliminating the need for a knife.

Generally eaten as a main course, the dish can be accompanied with water or miso soup. In Japan, there are fast-food restaurant chains which specialize in serving katsukarē, with varying meats and types of curry.


The dish is claimed to have originated at Grill Swiss [ja], a yōshoku restaurant in Ginza, Tokyo, in 1948. Yomiuri Giants player Shigeru Chiba, a frequent patron of the establishment, complained that it was too bothersome to eat curry and katsu separately, leading to the creation of the combination. Currently, the restaurant advertises the dish as the "original curry" and "Chiba-san's curry" on its menu.[1]


  1. ^ Tagami, Yoko. "Savor Ginza Swiss' Original Katsu Curry - Since 1947". Matcha (2017-10–03).

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