yeah they stock Golden even at the local cracker stores like Publix and Wal-MartSaw your post and decided to try this recipe today. It was surprisingly simple and came out tasting pretty authentic (though you will need a pretty fully stocked spice drawer to do it properly...)
Indeed, Golden is the brand I’ve always used. Pretty sure it’s the most common one in the US, so I use it just for the consistency.
I got into Golden from a Japanese joint at the mall I played DDR at for a while. One time I was like "hey could I get one of those Ramunes too pls" and then the dude realized he didn't have a sign up about it and he was like "wait you can read Japanese wtf". After that I worried what secret intel he might have had up in moonrunes that I didn't notice.
there's some other stuff that gets hotter but so far my slight travels in Japanese curry have shown it's sorta that generic UK-ish brown style with varying degrees of heat, but Japan is still usually easymode for curry heat