Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Food: The Search For Great Curry -- Part 3 @ CoCo Ichibanya

Japanese curry pork chop rice with omelette @ CoCo Ichibanya
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Japanese curry is a completely different story. It's sweet and only slightly spicy, so spice-lovers like me, Japanese curry shouldn't be my cup of tea, only that it is, surprisingly! I guess that's because sweetness gives people a sense of security and safety by nature, and so when it is mixed with supposedly "aggressive" curry, it feels like mum's cooking.

From another angle, lots of curry
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I do cook Japanese curry sometimes, but when I feel tired or lazy, I will pay a visit to Curry House CoCo Ichibanya @ Tai Koo. There are a number of dishes available, but my favourite is still this Japanese curry pork chop with omelette.

Red pickled turnip added
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The super smooth and thin omelette might disappoint some diners for its lack of buttery taste, I suppose it's because they didn't use butter, but I like to tell myself that it's not oily so it's healthy to eat. The portion is also enough for a average Asian man, and that's crucial when it comes to a meal that is meant to recharge your energy after a full day's work.

White pork meat with air spaces
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I must admit, it is not the best pork chop I've tried, actually, it is not even close to the best (have I mentioned which is the best pork chop I've tried?), but it is already much better than those soda powder-marinated pork chop served in most Hong Kong cha chaan teng. At least, it tastes like pork and it is not tough or overly tender. Also, it's just HK$70 + 10%, shouldn't expect too much.

This is no pepper, it is really spice powder
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Overall, it is a great choice for curry! If only they can be more generous with the beef in the curry beef dish then I can have an alternative when I go there next time.

Here's my final scores for this curry dish.

Look:            ★★★★★ 5/5
Taste:            ★★★★★ 5/5
Smell:            ★★★☆☆ 3/5
Textures:       ★★★★★ 5/5
Temperature: ★★★★★ 5/5
Overall:         ★★★★★ 23/25

marinate -- (vb)[T]  to pour a marinade over meat or fish:

Cha chaan Teng @ Wikipedia