Curry is a type of spiced dish that is derived from India or other South Asian countries.
Originally an Indian dish, it was prepared with meat, vegetables, and other ingredients cooked in spices. It made its way into Great Britain around the 16th century. It was later adopted into the British Navy due to its nutritious nature as well as being capable of being preserved. During World War II in the early 20th century, Japan developed curry as rations for its Navy. Upon returning, it eventually found its way to Japanese homes and was formally adopted into the Japan Self-Defense Forces. The dish is most popular as a simple to cook yet widely adaptable savory and aromatic comfort food.
Curry was Kazuhira Miller's favorite food.
- Main article: Peace Walker Incident
During the Peace Walker Incident in 1974, the mercenary group Militaires Sans Frontières procured various curry recipes. The MSF then developed a spicy curry dish for its soldiers, which was sealed in specially manufactured retort pouches. The development of the retort pouches were not easy, as their only reference during development were the vacuum-sealed sausage rations used by the United States military at the time of the mission, with the temperature and the pressure adjustments also requiring a lot of trial of error before successful development. The result was a type of ration using retort pouches comparable to those used to store space-food, and required three minutes to boil it in water before eating. Big Boss, when learning of this from Miller, was impressed at how they were able to develop it.
The group's R&D Team later added more spice to the dish to create "Great Curry," which had a flavor more closely related to freshly cooked curry. They later made the curry 95% fat free and made it even more spicy to create "Future Curry," which as the name implies, went "far beyond" freshly cooked curry. Each variant of curry, overall belonging to the Legendary Taste series, had 1 serving as well as 434 grams per serving.
Behind the scenes
Curry appears in one of Iroquois Pliskin's VR Missions, Variety Level 01, featured in Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance. The mission requires the player to take down seven enemy soldiers with the PSG1, to stop them from approaching a curry dish that has been left in the open. Should the player fail, the soldier who reaches the dish will react in an identical manner to encountering a Book, and the mission will result in a Game Over.
The Yellow Genome Soldier in Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus is mentioned to enjoy curry.
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, one of the weapons that the player can utilize against other fighters is the Superspicy Curry, which has the fighters spraying fireballs until they grow adjusted to the flavor. The trophy description also alludes to Solid Snake eating it. The description erroneously mentioned that it debuted in Kirby's Adventure, when in reality, it debuted in Kirby's Dream Land.
- "The spiciest curry around. Eat it, and you'll be able to attack by spitting out fireballs. The eater of the curry will soon be unable to handle the heat, however, and end up frantically dashing about the screen. This is a pretty funny sight that never gets old, especially when it's Samus or Snake. Eat this mouth-scorching dish if you dare.
NES Kirby's Adventure"
- ―Superspicy Curry Trophy description from Super Smash Bros. Brawl
In the Japanese version of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, the various levels of curry (Spicy Curry, Great Curry, and Future Curry) were actually Bon Curry, Bon Curry Gold 21, and Bon Curry Neo, respectively, added in by Hideo Kojima as a joke in regards to product placement. There was also a briefing file where Big Boss and Miller talked about the Bon Curry, but it was removed in the overseas versions, presumably due to copyright issues. The briefing file implied that the name "Bon Curry" was named by Miller after Cécile Cosima Caminades regarding her French nationality, due to "Bon" being the French word for "good." A similar tape, relating to Retort Pouched curries in itself, and likewise occurring before the Bon Curry tape, was also removed, presumably for the same reason as the Bon Curry tape itself. Similarly, the various Curry in the Japanese version shared the exact same flavor text in the basic menu description, while the overseas versions had each Curry being given a slightly more unique description for each version. For their model viewer descriptions, it was the opposite: The English versions, besides slight alterations, had the same overall description, while in Japan, each model viewer description for the item was completely unique.
Humorously, the Curry items were given an indirect mention during one of the briefing conversations when Miller suggests dispatching several MSF members to other countries, when Big Boss sarcastically asks if he is going to make MSF-brand rations, with Miller briefly considering it to be a good idea.
Each of the three Curry items in the game restores LIFE when used, and if equipped, will automatically be used should the LIFE gauge become depleted.
When preparing to face the most difficult enemies in battle such as Custom AIs or Gear Rex, it is recommended to place Curry (preferably Future Curry) in an Items slot, in addition to standard Rations, for prolonged survival.
|Game||Item||Item Window description||Icon|
|Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (NA/EU)||Spicy Curry||Popular food in Japan. Spicy and delicious. Recovers LIFE. Automatically used if LIFE reaches zero when equipped.|
|Great Curry||Updated with enhanced flavour thanks to the latest in food technology.|
|Future Curry||The next generation of food R&D - truly a taste of the future!|
|Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (JP)||Bon Curry||レトルトカレー。|
自動的に使用する。 (Translation: Curry in a pouch.
Recovers stamina (LIFE).
Automatically used if LIFE reaches zero when equipped.)
|Bon Curry Gold 21|
|Bon Curry Neo|
|Name||Item||Model Viewer description|
|Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (NA/EU)||Spicy Curry||Ready-to-eat, instant curry developed by the lab boys at MSF's research section.|
Prepared with meat, vegetables and other ingredients cooked in spices, curry dishes are originally an Indian cuisine that made its way to the U.K.
With its spices acting as preservatives and ingreedients that provide balanced nutrition, curry was adopted by the British Navy as military food.
In the early 20th century, Japan developed curry as rations for their navy. When the soldiers returned home from war, curry gradually found its way into Japanese households. Currently, curry is adopted by Japan's Self Defence Force and is Kaz Miller's favorite dish.
MSF has developed curry as a ration that can be easily carried, preserved in specially manufactured retort pouches.
|Great Curry||Improved version with a flavor that is much closer to freshly cooked curry.|
|Future Curry||Improved to the point that the flavor goes beyond that of freshly cooked curry. Most likely to change the future of cuisine as we know it!|
|Game||Item||Model Viewer description||Image|
|Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (JP)||Bon Curry||1968年2月12日、市販用として世界ではじめてのレトルト食品「ボンカレー」が新発売された（発売当初阪神地区限定）。
|Released on February 12, 1968, Bon Curry was the first commercialized meal brand sold on a retort pouch (available only at the Hanshin district). The now staple brand name comes from a combination of the French word "Bon" and English word "Curry", hence the name essentially means "delicious curry".|
|Bon Curry Gold 21|| 2001年“21世紀スタンダードカレー”として質・量ともさらに充実された「ボンカレーゴールド21」の発売が開始された。
|The Bon Curry Gold 21 line was launched in 2001 with the intent of setting "a new standard of Curry" for the 21st century with improved quality and quantity. The various flavors are characterized not just by their levels of spiciness but by their individual tastes: there's the fruity mild curry (amakuchi), the strong but flavorful medium-spicy curry (chūkara), the spicy dry curry (karakuchi) and the hot and delicious ultra-spicy flavor (netsukara).|
|Bon Curry Neo||2009年、発売41年目の2月12日、ボンカレーの日を記念して「ボンカレーネオ」が新発売された。
お母さんが家族の為に手間暇かけて作る愛情たっぷりの美味しさ。 「ボンカレーネオ」は、その原点を大切にしながら、時代と共に進化し続けるカレーである。 確かな素材で、ていねいに作られたボンカレーネオは、“フタをあけ、箱ごとレンジで2分で調理する”ことも出来る。 これからも、「おいしい進化は、とまらない。」
|Bon Curry Neo was launched on February 12, 2009, the 41st anniversary of the Bon Curry brand. It has a homemade-like taste that feels like it was cooked by mom with plenty of love for the whole family. Bon Curry Neo is a curry that evolved with the times while cherishing its roots. With certain materials, it can be cooked in a microwave in two minutes. The evolution of taste does not stop here.|
- Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance (VR Missions Variety Level 01 Iroquois Pliskin; first appearance)
- Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus (mentioned only; non-canon)
- Super Smash Bros. Brawl (as Superspicy Curry; non-canon)
- Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (as Spicy Curry, Great Curry, Future Curry, Bon Curry, Bon Curry Neo, and Bon Curry Gold 21, depending on the version)
Notes and references
- ^ a b Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (Japanese version), Kojima Productions (2010).
Briefing Files > Briefing Library > Miller > Special Items > Retort pouch curry
Kazuhira Miller: Good news, Snake! We've successfully invented the retort pouched curry! // Naked Snake (Big Boss): Say what!? // Miller: It wasn't easy. Our only reference were those vacuum-packed sausages they used for rations in the U.S. military. Adjusting the pressure and temperature during the sterilization process was quite difficult. It took a lot of trial and error to get it right. // Snake: These are the same kind of retort pouches used to package space food as well. And our staff somehow managed to reproduce this technology on their own? Humph. Not too shabby. Let me have a taste then! Just tear the pouch and... // Miller: Hold it, Snake! // Snake: What is it now? // Miller: You have to boil them in hot water fist. // Snake: And how long does it take? // Miller: Around three minutes.
- ^ This can be read on the box art for each pack.
- ^ http://kotaku.com/5513122/metal-gear-solid-peace-walker-product-placement-explained
- ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIv7dLkYkVQ&feature=related
- ^ Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (Japanese version), Kojima Productions (2010).
Briefing Files > Briefing Library > Miller > Special Items > Retort pouch curry > Bon Curry
Naked Snake (Big Boss): Kaz, it's been three minutes already! // Kazuhira Miller: You're still a child of patience. // Snake: Smells good. // Miller: Mmmmm tasty! This is a pretty tasty dish, Snake! // Snake: I agree! This is pretty good. // Miller: The vegetables still have a sweet taste... They didn't have their freshness absorbed into the rue. // Snake: I could eat something as delicious as this on a battlefield. // Miller: Then it's settled! We'll name this dish "Bon Curry"! In case you're wondering, the "Bon" comes from the French word for "good" or "delicious". // Snake: Why the French name? // Miller: ...Well, uh... It was for that lovely Parisienne... // Snake: Well, whatever. "Bon Curry"... doesn't sound too bad. A breakthrough in military rations.
- ^ Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Kojima Productions (2010).
Kazuhira Miller: Hey, Boss, you mind if we powwow for a sec? // Snake/Big Boss: What now? MSF-brand rations? // Miller: Actually, that sounds – No, no! With all the men we have now, it may be time we started sending some of them to other countries.