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Pizza Hut’s new coriander pizza contains more cilantro than ever before

By Oona McGee, SoraNews24

Whether you refer to it as coriander, cilantro, or pakuchi as it’s known in Japanese, the leaves and stems of the Coriandrum sativum plant have a distinct flavour that some people love and others hate. If you’re one of the proponents on the pr0-pakuchi side of the divide, then you’re in for a real treat, because Pizza Hut is bringing back its coriander pizza in Japan, and this time it has 200 percent more of the herb to amplify the flavor.


Pizza Hut first got the idea to pack a pizza with pakuchi last March, when it released the “Pakuchi Sugite Kusa” (“Too Much Coriander Herb“) in an effort to shock members of Generation Z. Not only did it shock them and those in other age brackets, it wowed them, because Pizza Hut ended up extending the sales period to satisfy its customers, selling twice as many as predicted.

▼ “Pakuchi Sugite Kusa” is a name with two meanings, as kusa means “herb” but can also mean “LOL” in internet slang.


While Pizza Hut underestimated the demand for the unusual pizza, it also underestimated customers’ love for the herb, because some of the feedback included statements such as, “You can use more pakuchi!” and “The cilantro was so good I ended up adding more of it myself!” In response, the chain is now re-releasing the pizza with twice as much coriander as before, and giving it a new name to boot: “Pakuchi Sugite Kusa Koete Mori.“

The new name can mean both “The Forest Beyond Too Much Coriander Herb” and “Too Much Coriander The Forest Beyond LOL"

However you choose to read it, the idea is clear — the humble herb has become a forest, and to ensure it stays fresh for when you eat it, the pakuchi is packaged in a separate tub for customers.


The new pizza will be sold in a medium size at 507 Pizza Hut stores around Japan (participating store list linked below), priced from 2,980 yen for takeout. It’ll only be available for a limited time until April 14.

Related: Participating Stores List

Source, images: PR Times

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© SoraNews24

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Looks great.

4 ( +7 / -3 )

¥3000 for a salad pizza? Rediculous.

4 ( +8 / -4 )

Pricey no doubt. But I still want to eat it. I love coriander.

4 ( +7 / -3 )

¥3000 for a salad pizza? Rediculous.

Yes, some might even say “ridiculous.”

So for the price, I might have to say “No way.”

5 ( +8 / -3 )

This just needs a couple of tweaks, salsa instead of pizza sauce etc. and it could make a pretty good solution to Mexican food cravings. They probably already have the other ingredients you'd need as toppings for other pizzas.

I'm not into Pizza Hut style pizza, but I do like cilantro-heavy Mexican wraps and would happily pay Pizza Hut in Japan for something similar.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

the price is ridiculous. You can easily make your own coriander pizza. Belc Supermarket sells fresh coriander.

0 ( +4 / -4 )

Apparently there’s yangnyeom sauce and prawns under the mound of coriander. It’s nice that the coriander comes in a separate container (could save some to use on something else if eating a forest pizza is too much).

4 ( +4 / -0 )

It’s nice that the coriander comes in a separate container

According to the website, that's just the additional coriander that turns the regular ¥2490 "grass" pizza into the ¥2980 "so much coriander, it's not grass anymore, it's now a forest" style. You're literally buying a ¥500 tub of coriander.

That wouldn't deter me really, but unfortunately, I will have to pass. I capital-L Love coriander but I share my life with an OR6A2-divergent person.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

You're literally buying a ¥500 tub of coriander.

I don’t think I’ve ever bought it myself so I don’t know if that’s a good price or not.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

I don’t think I’ve ever bought it myself so I don’t know if that’s a good price or not.

It's not if you compare it with supermarkets, which isn't entirely fair.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Many Japanese aren't accustomed to the taste of pakuchi/ cilantro/ coriander so I am surprised this is out. Looks super good to me, but as others have mentioned already the price is a little too much considering how small the portion size is. An L sized pizza here isn't enough for me and I almost always never meet the serving sizes in Japan. Then again, I see many Japanese families ordering 2 medium sized pizzas for a family of 4 so maybe it's affordable for them?

2 ( +2 / -0 )

I think coriander is yummy, use a few times a week you see. Would I want to try this pizza though? No way. Not my kind of thing and their pizzas are very low quality.

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

I don't really like cilantro, especially it's flavor. I want to over come it.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

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