Ask any of the Americans here on Okinawa about their favorite places to eat on island and you’re sure to hear about CoCoICHIBANYA. CoCoICHIBANYA, or CoCo’s as it’s often referred to, is a curry house here in Japan. The restaurant serves up various curry rice dishes with a variety of toppings but the curry itself is what makes mouths water.
A few months back while we were on an adventure we found ourselves getting lunch when we stumbled upon these chips at a local FamilyMart. Neither of us could resist and so we picked them up and figured we would give them a try. The chips are CoCoICHIHAN Katsu Curry flavor. Katsu is made of pork or chicken which is usually tenderized and then breaded. The meat is then fried and sliced into strips. Also, since we’re on the topic of talking about things which you might not be familiar with at first glance, here in Japan chips are sometimes served in these cups. You won’t find potato chips similar to “Lay’s” in this type of container but you may find other stick shaped potato snacks or even “Fritos” style chips.
Much like other snacks in Japan they taste exactly like the package suggests; katsu covered in curry. I apologize that I can’t describe it better but those of you out there who have ever had CoCo’s curry know just what I mean. The texture is very crunchy and a bit flaky like katsu is. They are pretty good and if you’re into CoCo’s curry you’re going to like them so I would give them a try if you happen to stumble on them.