The pork and spinach soup curry from Curry Shokudo Cocoro in Shimokitazawa. Shimokitazawa is known for the striving youth culture, fashion and thrift store scene. The lesser known fact about this culture hot spot is that it is a highly competitive soup curry scene. For those new to the concept of soup curries, it’s basically the more-viscous version of the traditional Japanese curry, with a more ambiguous boundary in terms of ethnicity. Aside of the soupy aspect, the other notable difference is that you scoop the rice into the curry, as opposed to the other way around. This hearty bowl of soup curry is more like a stew or Goulash but with curry-style spices and herbs. The tender potatoes and carrots, earthy green beans, green bell peppers, and spinach are the perfect fix-ins for this curry. The creamy hard boiled egg, and the pork belly are great protein compliments to the dish as well. At this restaurant, you can choose from white rice, or as pictured, brown rice for a more fibrous alternative. You can choose the amount of rice, from small to large being the same price, and then Extra Large and above for an additional price. Furthermore, the spiciness of the curry can be chosen from 0 being mild, to a med-spicy 3, to a spicy 5~10, then super spicy 20, then mega spicy 50... all the way up to ‘Satan’s butthole’ 100. ....in case you were wondering, this was a 2. Lol Anyways, I really enjoyed the flavors of this curry. The vegetables were just perfect, and the blend of spices in the curry were well-rounded and kept my spoon moving till the very last bite. I’m even salivating thinking about the curry again. However, according to the local soup curry critics of the neighborhood, this is not even the best. In fact, just within the 3 minute walk radius, there’s at least three more places that have long lines out the front during lunch hour. As a newbie in the ‘Shimo soup curry scene, I didn’t know what to expect, but I can now say that I’m a fan.
Sakura season may be coming to an end soon but do you know that it symbolises beauty, hope, renewal and vitality? It is celebrated as a metaphor for life itself. Japanese believed that sakura trees contained spirits and make offerings to them with rice wine. Soon, it grew into the tradition we know today as hanami where people gather together to celebrate and feast under sakura trees . It is one of my favourite season and since there won't be hanami for me, I'll be happy eating off my sakura-themed tableware served with penguin onigiri and Japanese curry . I made a 3-ingredients-curry using carrots, potatoes and sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes is my new favourite in curries, they tasted so much sweeter and has a nice mellow texture to it . On the other platter is penguins onigiri (again) with potato patties, lotus root, tamagoyaki and mixed vegetables . I don't always make such elaborated meals but when I do, it's to impress the queen of heart (mommy dearest). Would you be impressed? Swipe left to see more