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Japanese chain CoCoIchi making inroads in curry's toughest market

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By Shoichiro Takaji

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Japanese curry rice is definitely not anything that would be comparable to an India curry. It would not even be seen as a poor imitation of Indian cuisine, and this is it's strength - it can be enjoyed as an entirely foreign food.

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Why would anyone eat that slop in the home of some of the worlds most delicious curries, with such a vast array of regional variants to boot.

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factcheckerToday  07:31 am JST

Why would anyone eat that slop in the home of some of the worlds most delicious curries, with such a vast array of regional variants to boot.

Because it is the McD's of curry. Its cheap, filling and reasonably tasty. You know the restaurants will be clean and the food will always be the same where ever you go.

Besides, use of the term Curry about as descriptive as saying "I like American Food". There are so many variations, that Japanese Curry is its on genre.

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Go there and ask the locals. Or you could try actually reading the article

Why would anyone eat that slop in the home of some of the worlds most delicious curries, with such a vast array of regional variants to boot.

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Katsu curry, with a chicken not pork cutlet, took off in the UK about 15 years ago, from not-very-good Japanese restaurants like Yo! Sushi. You can now buy it as a ready meal in many supermarkets.

CocoIchiban's curry would be at least authentic Japanese curry and tastes vastly superior to my limited experience of the above. The UK has excellent Indian food for eat in and takeaway, and even some Indian readymeals can be quite good. As suggested above, people see Japanese curry as something else to Indian food.

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Coals to Newcastle for Brits.

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Sure, why not. It strikes me as similar to why some american chinese food has popped up in China, it is so far from authentic that it has become its own food. Not necessarily a bad thing, as long as you know what you are getting.

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One shop, geared towards Japanese Expats ... and the article makes it sound like its the next Nasdaq listing...

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I'd have a bit more praise if Japanese curry wasn't always made with lard or palm fat. Give me Indian or Thai anytime - with either jasmine or basmati.

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Japanese "versus" Indian curry.

It's silly to draw a comparison.

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Japanese curry is to real Indian curry as White Castle is to MOS Burger. Totally different foods.

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Coals to Newcastle for Brits.

Not at all, because Japanese curry does not taste anything like Indian curry.

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Coals to Newcastle for Brits.

Not at all, because Japanese curry does not taste anything like Indian curry.

Damp squib to Newcastle, then?

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As an Indian who lives in Kolkata, I don't think that it's a bad idea to open Japanese curry restaurant in India. Personally I don't like most Indian foods as they are too rich and spicy(healthy homemade food is the best), and for me they ain't that tasty either(I hate crappy foods like Biriyani which is popular among most silly Indians lol or maybe I'm exception), anyway what matters is the taste of the food, as long it's tasty you can sell anything anywhere. I think it's funny when Japanese people react too much about Indian curry or sees India as a big pot of curry(I mumble 'nani ga curry' while watching anime lol). I never heard of curry is a thing in Indian food, it's a foreign misconception. Curry ain't the most popular food in India, and most of the Indians never used that term. Yeah we make similar gravy foods using garlic, ginger, onion, garam masala,coriander, salt, green chilies, yogurt, tomato , soy sauce, meat and maybe added squared shaped potatoes but we don't refer it as curry, but simple chicken or meat dish names. We also don't use curry powder in the gravy. Believe or not, in India no one refers to dishes that have some gravy, as a curry(https://www.huffpost.com/entry/the-concept-of-curry-is-a_b_9300310).

P.S. Have a nice day, great love for Japanese language, music and anime. Watching anime over 16yrs, I love anime like Urusei Yatsura, Detective Conan, Naruto, Overlord, opm, Lovely Complex, Yokoso sukebe elf no mori(nvm lol) and more. If there's a next life, I want to be a Japanese xx

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