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I will always love you, Coco Ichibanya

I will always love you, Coco Ichibanya

On a recent trip to Los Angeles I stopped by one of my favorite Japanese curry spots.

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I turned 40 a couple of weeks ago and to celebrate I took a trip down to Los Angeles to visit my mom and a few friends I hadn't seen in a bit thanks to pandemic. To be honest, there's really not much to do in Los Angeles other than try and avoid the heat, eat, and maybe do a little shopping. I mostly did the first two and the one place I was excited to eat at more than anywhere else was the Japanese curry house chain known at Coco Ichibanya. 

My vacation curry was top notch!
My vacation curry was top notch!

Coco is a pretty prominent brand in Japan itself and they have few spots here in the United States. I do my best to stop by every time I'm in SoCal when I can. It's hard to explain how good a proper Japanese curry really is, but if you get the right consistency for the sauce and a perfect balance of spices and ingredients, you're in for a transformative experience. CoCo always delivers that in leaps and bounds.

For my meal this time around, I took a crack at one of their egg curries. I'm a big fan of another Japanese staple called Omurice, which is essentially a rice omelette usually served with some sort of sauce on it. I figured this new curry options (new to me at least) would give me the best of both worlds and I am very pleased to report it was. I really lived it up with the add-ons as well. This thing had some pork tonkatsu, potato croquettes, and I threw in some corn and other veggies for good measure.  Every bite was full of flavor and wonderous texture! If you ever have the opportunity to give Coco Ichibanya a try, I highly recommend you give it a try. 

From The Chatty
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    July 21, 2021 10:08 PM

    I got some Coco Ichibanya while I was on vacation in Los Angeles and it was the best

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      July 21, 2021 10:24 PM

      Haven't had Japanese curry in many years, little place in Santa Clara used to do it up proper, haven't really seen it since even when I lived in LA. omg so good :(

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      July 21, 2021 10:53 PM

      They're just ok. I prefer a little gray to my curry, so the Japanese stuff doesn't quite cut it for me.

      In Taiwan you used to be able to get these awesome little sandwiches that had a breaded and fried chicken cutlet, a slathering of curry, and a bit of bread. They were pretty damn tasty for something that was like $2 each at a convenience store

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        July 21, 2021 10:53 PM

        Oops, this was at 7-11

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          July 21, 2021 10:54 PM

          gray = gravy?????

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            July 21, 2021 10:55 PM

            Umm what?

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              July 21, 2021 10:56 PM

              Wow that autocorrect sucked. I tried to type spice.

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                July 21, 2021 10:59 PM

                The curry I loved was kind of a brownish-yellow, or a yellowish-brown. Ugly colour for such a delicious food. So I did not assume a typo

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                  July 21, 2021 11:03 PM

                  This was probably my favorite place from way way back in my Singapore days. It looked pretty iffy but was always delicious:

                  https://www.burpple.com/the-roti-prata-house

                  I guess it's gone downhill since my last trip back there but it was amazing back in mid to late 90s.

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                    July 21, 2021 11:13 PM

                    I had awesome roti once, dude from India at work brought me it, his wife had made it. I was always nice to him after that, wasn't ever nice to anybody else. Never found roti like that since.

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                      July 21, 2021 11:14 PM

                      It's been years and years since I've had any worth mentioning. Probably last time I was in Singapore for my 20th birthday. :(

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      July 22, 2021 5:27 AM

      Customs agent: "What is the purpose of your visit to Japan?" Me: "Coco Ichibanya's curry." Customs agent: "That checks out."

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      July 22, 2021 8:48 PM

      Love that place. Haven’t been since pre-pandemic though.

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