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We Love CoCo Curry!

September 22, 2016

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When I was in high school I wanted to be an author. I did a lot of writing, but never wrote the novel I dreamed of. I postponed it. I thought that, first, I’d have to practice a lot first. And so I practiced. For years. And then I thought, well, I should probably read a lot first, so I can learn from previous masters. And so I read. For years. And once all my practicing and my reading were done, and it was time for me to write a novel, I didn’t. And I won’t. I’m too scared to. I respect it too much, and I’ll just think about it rather than going forward with it.

This is almost what became of this CoCo Curry video. We’ve been wanting to do a video on this for a long time now. We ate a lot of CoCo Curry in Korea. That’s where we discovered it, when we first moved to Seoul years ago. And we ate it by the buckets. And then we went to Japan and had it, and fell in love with it even more. Turns out it tastes DIFFERENT in Japan. From then onwards whenever we’d visit Japan, the first meal we’d always have was CoCo Curry. In fact, our first meal EVER when we moved here to Japan, if you remember from our video, was CoCo Curry.

The more we thought about making a CoCo Curry video, the deeper we fell into the rabbit hole. How can we do a video that accurately conveys how much we love this stuff? We talked about getting matching jumpsuits. We tried getting in contact with CoCo Curry so we could ask them for a factory tour. We wanted to wear their logos. Should we get it as a tattoo? No, that’d be too crazy. But what about their mascot? Do they have one? Can I sign up for it? And we kept on getting deeper and deeper in thought, and farther and farther from actually sharing our love of CoCo Curry with you.

Fortunately, we were having a bad day. Yes that sounds odd. See, CoCo Curry is actually Martina’s favourite food in Japan. Level 10 spice has a great burn to it, and when Martina’s having a bad pain day, a good dose of spicy food helps keep her mind off of it for a bit. And Martina was having a bad day. So we decided to make the most of our day and just go out and film the food we love so much. We finally filmed CoCo Curry.

Now if you’re coming to Japan and looking for a CoCo Curry, it is sometimes called Coco Ichibanya. They are the big yellow looking curry shops but beware, there are imitators out there. Some places in Japan look almost exactly the same but when you look close you realize there is no “ichibanya” part. The biggest difference between Coco Curry and every other chain that we’ve been to is that ability to customize the curry. I included a shot of from the English menu for you so you can better prepare yourself for future visits to Coco Curry.

We promised to talk about some of our other favourite dishes at Coco Curry. The pari-pari パリパリ chicken is an extra crispy chicken breast chopped into six pieces and that extra crunch is exactly the right balance needed to the soft curry. Adding eggplant なす to the dish is another one of our favourites. If you’re feeling extra hungry, go for the special hand-breaded tonkatsu curry which comes on an extra big plate! Every month the menu adds a new special so last month there was a really good pickled cabbage slaw with veggies on a cutlet that Simon totally loved. In the wintertime, the curry udon is amazing but BEWARE the spice factor feels much crazier because the soup tastes hotter.

This isn’t the best video we’ve ever made. I know that. But we did it, finally. It’s not haunting us, calling to us, anymore. We’ve finally shared our love of CoCo Curry with you. So, if you can, give it a shot. It’s in a few other countries, the US included, and it’s just so farking good holy snap it’s so good. What the hell is the secret ingredient?

Side note: remember in our Eatyoursushi episode when we were getting over food poisoning? It was because we went to a different curry chain. We thought it’d be interesting to see what other curry chains offer and to get a better understanding of why CoCo Curry is awesome. Well, we got the answer loud and clear. CoCo Curry doesn’t give us food poisoning.

For more info on the menu, you can click here for the multi-lingual menu book in eight different languages. Just be aware it’s a bit of a slow load since there are so many pages in the menu haha!

We also have some extra scenes, if you’d like to see us talk more about CoCo Curry, because we can talk about it forever!

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  1. I lived in Korea and have been back three times yet have never been to Coco Curry. I know, I know. This year, my husband and I are going on vacation to Japan and let’s just say, it’s gonna happen…if I can figure out which spice level to order. For context, the closest thing to the perfect mix of hotness and flavor for me is level 1 galbi jjim at Masizzim in Korea. What’s the equivalent at Coco Curry?

    2 years ago
  2. Remembering this video I dragged a friend to Coco Curry in Osaka today, had the beef katsu with cheese and egg… It was AMAZING! Thanks Simon and Martina ❤

    3 years ago
  3. Bento and Co have just sent me an email with new furikake flavours. Guess what one of them is??? Coco Curry!!!!!! Guess what I’m off to order now https://en.bentoandco.com/products/furikake-coco-ichibanya?variant=30928985610

    3 years ago
  4. The rice mixing part… that was a sexxxy! Now I’m looking for the live stream.

    3 years ago
  5. Sad that they don’t have anything like that around me :( You guys mentioned that you found some recipes that are similar, I know that you said that they weren’t the same but would it be possible to find out where to get some of those recipes just to get an idea of it?

    3 years ago
  6. Another rad CoCo Curry fact: a lot of locations (Asakusa, Akihabara, Roppongi etc.) have a separate vegetarian/vegan menu, and also a giant VEGETARIAN sign in the window. I’ve gone twice in two days. \m/

    3 years ago
  7. The first time I had Japanese curry was in Hawaii and I’ve been addicted since!

    3 years ago
  8. Oh My God. It looks perfect. I’m really sad to admit I’ve never tried curry…looks like I’ll have to fix this. Unfortunately, we don’t have anything like this in Slovenia. Next stop: Japan. But how much does it cost? For example, how much did you pay for it? Is it cheap/expensive?

    3 years ago
    • The ones we get are usually 1000 yen or so, but that’s because we add so many toppings. Regular ones are usually cheaper :)

      3 years ago
  9. I’m…so…hungry…

    3 years ago
  10. Secret ingredient is…Peanut butter. Found out the hard way when hubby had a trip to the emergency room two bites in…

    3 years ago
    • OH GOSH!!!Hope he was okay after! Is it really peanut butter or do you think peanut oil? Either way…lots of hidden stuff in saucy ingredients can be scary for those allergic to food right?

      3 years ago
      • He recovered…we asked…”peanutsu bata” was the reply. Japan is not big on allergies…cue in the nearly confiscated epipen prior to boarding a flight. Hubby was known by name at the ER (also for being the tall white dude)…still totally in love with Japan.

        3 years ago
  11. NO RANCH?! Holy crap, I’m sold. This is huge.

    3 years ago
  12. Looks really good… I want Japanese curry now… But all I have at home is that Glico stuff and its got no flavour. Only reason we have it is because my parents like it and they keep telling us not to burn our tastebuds off…

    3 years ago
  13. Oh man! I LOVED CoCo Curry when I lived in Okinawa! I never had it with cheese though…I should try it here. The closest thing to CoCo Curry that we can get here in Maryland is Golden Curry…which is also awesome, but not the same. Maybe I’ll put cheese in it next time! Maybe a monterey jack? BTW….great video! :)

    3 years ago
  14. I feel this comment needs to be added but not related to my first comment. I read the Spanish menu for Coco Curry and was wondering if this question could be answered in the next Eat Your Sushi segment. I understood what was being written/said without the English translation. Did you both have/had a similar situation when you moved to Japan/ Korea?

    3 years ago
    • Good Lord what happened to my grammar with that question? lol What I meant is are you having or did you have a similar eexperience when you moved/were moving to Japan/Korea?

      3 years ago
  15. Wow…so tough watching you guys salivating over CocoCurry. I am salivating too.It looks and sounds amazing!
    Me love me some spicy spicy, nom nom food! CocoCurry looks amazing. Now I wanna have it real bad~ T-T
    I feel like next time we go to Korea, we should stop by Japan just to have CocoCurry!!!
    (Incidentally, it seems like one can never get tired of saying “CocoCurry”) :D

    3 years ago
  16. I haven’t commented on the eyk blog in a minute! lol Hey Simon and Martina if you guys like really spicy food then you should come back to Texas to try the Four Horsemen Burger. It’s a spice that even you two may have trouble eating.

    3 years ago
    • I don’t know. We handle really spicy food :D

      3 years ago
      • I’d compare it to the Spicy Korean Donkatsu you guys had a while back but hey who knows? It may be your new favorite burger. (Not Akita beef though so I’m sorry to disappoint you both lol)

        3 years ago