I went to Coco’s Curry House with Natalie and some of her colleagues tonight for dinner.Â Coco’s is a Japanese-style curry chain restaurant with a franchise just 3 minutes walk from my hosue and a frequent JET hangout in Nakatsu.Â The sign outside the building (above) )says, “We are making delicious curry” in Japanese.Â I ordered one of the seasonal specials: black curry!
According to the menu, the black curry contains the following special ingredients:
- OnionÂ Â Â ãŸã¾ããŽ
- TomatoÂ ãƒˆãƒžãƒˆ
- Squid inkÂ ã‚¤ã‚«ã‚¹ãƒŸ
- WineÂ Â Â Â ãƒ¯ã‚¤ãƒ³
- BrandyÂ ãƒ–ãƒ©ãƒ³ãƒ‡ãƒ¼
- Almonds ã‚¢ãƒ¼ãƒ¢ãƒ³ãƒ‰
- Olive oilÂ ã‚ªãƒªãƒ¼ãƒ–ã‚ªã‚¤ãƒ«
- GarlicÂ Â Â ã‚¬ãƒ¼ãƒªãƒƒã‚¯
The ingredient list sounds more Mediterranean than South Asian.Â The squid ink imparts a dark, sexy black color, with a subtle taste of the sea, but not too very fishy.Â In fact, the inky and mysterious blend was quite smooth and well-balanced.Â Here’s another photo (below) of the actual dish, topped with a soft poached egg (åŠç†Ÿã‚¿ãƒžã‚´).Â Very striking yin-yang, light-dark contrast.