This is a meal that’s been a long time in coming, since I’ve been wanting to eat it ever since I first saw it featured in Yakitate!! Japan (2004). It was its overflowing kindness in Kuroshitsuji (2008), however, that really made me determined to try it for myself.
Yakitate!! Japan is a unique show that blends the love for baking bread with battles by means of competitions between individual bakers and their companies. This is probably how my wariness of shounen battle anime was worn down, as the head-to-head fights over bread of all subjects had me laughing each episode. Kare pan, or curry bread, shows up late in the season in a competition between our protagonist’s business, Pantasia, versus CMAP. Unfortunately, it’s the enemy camp who makes the delicious treat, so when first watching this, I was cheering for Pantasia’s Saito Ja-pan: Mango Waffle Haniwa. Regardless, CMAP’s kare pan, infused with fresh mangos, Miyazaki beef demiglace sauce, and its cornflake crust had me drooling. Yum!
Kuroshitsuji is chock full of delicious foods, most of it European inspired, but a good amount is influenced by East Asia. In a match inspired by Queen Victoria for the prize of her royal backing, various companies fight with curry as the subject. You would think that with one company hailing from the birthplace of curry that they would be the obvious victor, but it’s Sebastian’s consideration for people of all ages and situations that pulls in the win. His kare pan is not only fragrant and delicious, but it is also portable and easy for both children and adults to eat. When several audience members are infected by the evil spiciness of Doll Company’s curry, it’s the chocolate-laced kare pan from Phantom Company that purifies them.
Both the versions in the aforementioned anime are made from scratch, from the dough to the curry. The version that I use is inspired by one of my favorite YouTube cooks, runnyrunny999, and is a quick and easy recipe for those intimidated by all the steps required for the real thing.
- Leftover curry
- Texas Toast, or any other thickly cut, but soft, bread
- Beaten eggs
- Set up your assembly line: bread, beaten egg in a casserole dish, Panko in a large plate, deep fryer, plate with paper towels
- Taking two pieces of sliced bread, cut off the crusts as close to the edge as possible
- Pinch the edges down all the way around
- On one side each of both slices of bread, coat the edges with your egg mixture
- Place a spoonful or two of your curry (cool from the fridge, or room temp. is fine) into the center of one slice, then cover with the other slice with the egg edges facing inward and pinch all around to seal
- Place in the egg dish and coat the outside
- Do likewise with the Panko, making sure there are no bare spots
- Carefully place into a deep fryer set to 340-350 degrees F and cook until golden brown all the way around
- Set on paper towel plate and allow to cool
- Either eat whole, or cut in half diagonally!
Inspiration: runnyrunny999’s kare pan (he also features his own curry recipe, as well as a baked kare pan version)
11 thoughts on “Marina Eats: Sebastian and Kazuma Demand All Your Kare Pan!”
Hmmm, that looks tasty. TT.TT I love how you see the foods in the anime and then go about cooking them. Thanks for sharing the directions for making this, and including lots of pictures to go by!
I so often read recipes that don’t feature pictures and find them so incredibly unhelpful when I’m just unsure of whether or not I’m cooking the meal properly. I’m glad you enjoy these posts 🙂
I’m rather wary of this as I’m not real fond of soft bread. It quickly becomes a texture that grosses me out. However I see my texture issue is fixed by this so I’d be down to try it.
On a side note you have become my second favorite person that talk and shows food. And I just realized how many people that actually is. I guess food connects us all.
The bread is definitely not soft by the time you’re done cooking. I think if you cooked it the traditional way, however, you might have some fluffy bread inside the crust. I’m absolutely shocked to meet someone who doesn’t like soft bread, though! I love me some thin, crispy bread that you can break in half and get a wave of warm bread and pillowy dough.
One of my favorite food bloggers Jun, who is a Filipino and makes some great Filipino and American foods.
Lol! Well tbh it’s mostly just sliced bread I have the issue with as well as some other sandwhich breads as it usually happens with “juicy” sandwhiches. It’s just once soft bread gets wet the texture completely grosses me out. I actually love quite a few breads. My fave probably being pretzel bread at the moment.
My favorite food blogs would have to be macscotchael (I know that isn’t right…) and toolsoldier. They used to have an anual sandwhich making contest with so much humor in their back and forth. Wow…I really miss those guys…
Oh god Marina, I really want a karepan. My god this made me hungry.
I hope you have something to eat to curb these cravings! :p Unfortunately I ate all my kare pan 😉
Wow looks really yummy, Marina. How about next time make a video tutorial. ^^
Hehe, I’ll think about it. I’m kind of lazy so the whole video editing process kind of deters me ^^
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