Otsuka Bon Curry: World’s First Ready-to-Eat Instant Meal

When I went shopping at a supermarket last time, I thought I wanted to buy an instant curry pouch that is perfect for this blog and bought this one.

Bon Curry Gold from Otsuka Shokuhin 

Otsuka Shokuhin Bon Curry Gold

The instant curry I picked up is from “Otsuka Shokuhin (大塚食品: Otsuka Foods)”, called “Bon Curry (ボンカレー)”, which was first introduced in 1968 and actually is known as the world’s first ready-to-eat instant meal.

Today, the mainstream in the Bon Curry line is the fruit-based instant curry sauce “Bon Curry Gold (ボンカレーゴールド)” that went on the market in 1978,

which comes in 4 levels of spiciness, “Oo-Kara (大辛: Very Spicy)”, “Kara-Kuchi (辛口: Spicy)”, “Chu-Kara (中辛: Medium Spicy)”, and “Ama-Kuchi (甘口: Mild)”.


At the time of the release of the original Bon Curry, one of its greatest selling points was that it only took 3 minutes for the pouch to be ready to eat by heating in a pot of water. 

But now, this Bon Curry Gold takes much less time to prepare; ready to eat by microwaving at 500 watts for only 1 minute and 40 seconds or at 600 watts for 1 and a half minutes or at 700 watts for 1 minute 20 seconds. 


Otsuka Shokuhin Bon Curry Gold Instant Curry

This curry sauce is the Kara-Kuchi Bon Curry Gold, but it only has a mild heat and is not overly spicy, rather sweetish.

It is a very easy-to-eat, aromatic curry sauce featuring the spice cardamon with a unique scent that everyone can like.

Ingredients and Nutrition Facts

Otsuka Shokuhin Bon Curry Gold Instant Curry Sauce Ingredients

Otsuka Shokuhin Bon Curry Gold Nutrition Facts

For people who want to know the specific ingredients in the curry sauce, here is the list. The Japanese instant curry, Bon Curry has never used preservatives since the time of its release in 1968.

By the way, based on the nutrition facts label, this Bon Curry Gold instant curry sauce has 158 kcal per serving (180 grams) and contains 2.6 g salt equivalents.

(Reference Page: Wikipedia ボンカレー )


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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