When it comes to spicy food, the word “curry” simply crosses (most of) our minds here. But in our listicle here, we’re not talking about local curries but rather Japanese curries. The latter is typically thicker and full of flavour, with its spiciness level containing a nice balance of aromatic sweetness. It’s the ultimate comfort food that comes with white rice and of course, meat (usually deep-fried cutlets of Chicken Karaage or Chicken Katsu). Below is our selected list of 7 Places To Enjoy Japanese Curry Rice in Klang Valley.
1) Papasan Canteen
For less than RM 20, you’ll get not one but three pieces — I mean, three huge pieces — of fried chicken, complete with Japanese curry rice and omelette. Having tried their signature Omu Curry Rice before, I have to say it’s worth the price to the point I could split the meal into two. Expect crispy and tender fried chicken while the curry itself is rich and mildly spicy, making it suitable for those who can’t handle too much heat. Finally, if you happen to be a big eater, you can go for their Omu Curry Rice 5P, which comes with five pieces of fried chicken.
(Kuchai Lama) 18-G, Jalan 2/114, Jalan Kuchai Lama, Kuchai Business Centre, 58200 Kuala Lumpur.
(Cheras) 181-G, Jalan Lancang, Taman Sri Bahtera, Cheras, 56100 Kuala Lumpur.
Beyond its laidback ambience lies a cafe specialising in Japanese cuisine. Among them includes omurice, ramen, rice bowls and of course, Japanese curry. The latter happens to be Cureé’s signature dish, offering a flavourful curry that is appetising enough to go with the rice. You can have it plain or top it up with a side serving of crunchy and tender Chicken Katsu for an additional price. Cureé also allows you to adjust your preferred spiciness level ranging from mild to super spicy.
Address: No. 40, Jalan 1/77a, Changkat Thambi Dollah, Off Jalan Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.
3) Shokudo Japanese Curry Rice
Located at Taman Paramount, this canteen-style restaurant (complete with long wooden tables) serves mainly Japanese curry rice with different types of side dishes. They have over 10 choices here, covering from Tonkatsu (breaded deep-fried pork loin cutlet) to Tori Karaage (chicken karaage), Gyu Yakiniku (stir-fried Australia striploin sliced beef) and Yasai (mixed vegetables). You can enjoy it a la carte or make it a set (e.g. salad + soup) for a fraction of the price.
Address: No. 9, Jalan 20/13, Taman Paramount, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
4) Tonkatsu By Ma Maison
If you are craving Japanese curry rice, Tonkatsu by Ma Maison has a Katsu Curry Set and Chicken Katsu Set. Each set comes with rice, tonjiru (Japanese pork miso soup), shredded cabbage and pickles. The Katsu Curry Set includes pork loin or fillet, all deep-fried to crispy perfection with juicy and tender meat on the inside. Coupled with thick Japanese curry gravy, it’s simply a match made in heaven!
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5) Ken-Chan Curry
The words “lots of choices” are best described for those who love all things Japanese curry rice. Chicken Cutlet Curry Rice, Beef Curry Rice, Cheese Omelette Curry Rice… you name it, Ken-Chan Curry has them all on its menu. For first-timers, though, their Chicken Cutlet Omelette Curry Rice comes highly recommended — fluffy omelette-covered rice blanketed with robust curry and crispy chicken cutlets. To date, they have five strategically located outlets in KL and Selangor, namely Suria KLCC and IOI City Mall Putrajaya.
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Along the same row that sits the hugely popular Strangers at 47 lies a restaurant known for its omurice (Japanese omelette rice). A signature dish worth having here, particularly how perfectly smooth and fluffy the omelette covers the rice. And it tastes good with the side serving of Japanese curry. If possible, don’t forget to top up with their juicy Signature Chicken Karaage.
Address: 7, Jalan 17/45, Seksyen 17, 46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
7) YAYOI Malaysia
Originating from Japan, YAYOI has several outlets available in KL and Selangor, where they specialise in authentic Japanese cuisine. One of their recommended dishes happens to be Chicken Katsu Curry. You’ll get a plate of white rice with nicely-breaded, deep-fried chicken cutlets on the side. Then, there’s their thick Japanese curry that complements well with your rice dish. Alternatively, you can go for Chicken Karaage Curry or Ebifry (breaded prawn) Curry.
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