Chicken Soup Curry (Picante brand)
About the Product
Soup curry is one of Hokkaido’s iconic dishes; one that many foreign visitors have never heard of. Within Japan, it is currently one of the hottest (pun intended) foods associated with Hokkaido, and soup curry restaurants are now popping up nationwide.
Picante is one of Sapporo’s most famous soup curry restaurants, with over 25 years in business. Its curry broth is characteristic of a true Indian taste, rich in spices but with a smooth finish. The flagship restaurant was awarded the Michelin Plate in the 2017 Michelin Guide Hokkaido in recognition of culinary excellence.
This ready-to-eat Chicken Soup Curry - with chicken and root vegetables included - only needs to be heated up in the specially-made pouch, either by submerging the pouch in boiling water (recommended) or warming it in the microwave. Other toppings such as vegetables or soft-boiled eggs can be added separately.
For those who prefer their curry spicy, just add your favorite hot spice to taste. For coconut-flavor lovers, simply add coconut cream or milk directly.
This easy-to-prepare soup curry is perfect for nature trips, or quick dinners at home and in the office. Ittadakimasu!
about the producer
Originally founded in 1996, Picante was first named Voyge before being rebranded into one of Sapporo’s most well-known soup curry restaurants. “Picante” means spicy in Portuguese, a name undoubtedly chosen due to its spice-based soup broth, but also perhaps with a nod to the Portuguese, who were the first Westerners to land on Japan’s shores over half a millennia ago.
Picante’s flagship restaurant - located a short walk from the leafy campus of Hokkaido University in downtown Sapporo - initially became popular with university students. Today, it boasts another location closer to Sapporo Station, and a third branch in distant Sendai.
One of the brand’s proudest moments occurred in 2017, when they were awarded the Michelin Plate recognition in the 2017 edition of Michelin Guide Hokkaido.
Vegetables (potato, burdock), goji berry, chicken, animal fats and oils (pork, chicken), chickpeas, curry paste, spices, glucose syrup, salt, gelatin, protein hydrolysate, yeast extract, fish, soybeans, vegetable oils and fats (soybean oil, rapeseed oil), sugars (lactose, sugar), flavor raw materials (bonito powder, sardine powder), seasonings (amino acids), spice extracts, sake spirits, acidulants (citrate), oxidation inhibitors (VE), thickeners (including wheat as part of the ingredients), spices