Sure, there are onions in there, but this curry rice brings a tear to the eye for a different reason.

Japan has always been a country where culinary presentation matters. In Japan, the concept that the first taste is with the eyes is widely accepted, and that taste will also linger the longest since a photo will preserve the presentation long after the flavor fades from your taste buds.

So in a country of unabashed foodies and enthusiastic social media users, it might seem strange that Japanese mother and Twitter user @surigoma2012 recently shared a photo of a bowl of home-made curry rice she’d just whipped up, despite the fact that it looks, well, frankly pretty ugly.

I mean, sure, looking at curry rice will pretty much always get your mouth watering, but those random, irregularly shaped cheese scraps are about the least artful arrangement ever.

However, if you’re thinking this is proof that @surigoma2012 has no interest in aesthetics, you couldn’t be farther from the truth. She cares deeply about how the food she makes cooks. It’s just that instead of focusing on how her own portion, she makes her kids’ plates the priority, and the curry rice she made for her five-year-old daughter and two-year-old son looks like this:

▼ “← Kids’ curry → Mom’s curry”

←子のカレー  母のカレー→

— すりごま🐾 (@surigoma2012) April 17, 2021

To give her kids both a hot meal and big smile, @surigoma2012 cut shapes from slices of cheese and lovingly spread them across their plates, turning the sea of roux …continue reading