September 22, 2016
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!