Natto goes well with Curry Rice? I Tried it

As you know, “Natto (納豆)” is a traditional Japanese food made from soybeans fermented with Natto bacteria.

The soy food is packed with lots of nutrients but has people divided between those who like it and those who hate it. 

This is mainly because Natto is slimy, but if you don’t mind it, Natto Curry might be a thing for you.

Natto Curry (納豆カレー)

Natto Curry is literally a curry prepared with Natto beans.

Curry Rice with Natto

The curry dish is actually offered by some Japanese curry restaurant chains including CoCo Ichibanya and is loved by some natto lovers, especially in the city of Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture.

Until today, I had not tried curry mixed with fermented soybeans, but I accidentally found a blog article saying natto can add umami to curry because of its sliminess and thought I wanted to.

Natto Curry

This night, I had curry rice for dinner so I actually put it into action; What I did is just mix unseasoned natto with curry and eat it with rice.

The result? It was indeed pretty good; The curry perfectly offsets the characteristic smell of natto and the natto’s sliminess helps bring out the umami of curry!


Natto Curry Rice

I don’t recommend this to anyone, but if natto is your favorite food, I think the combination could surprise you.


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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