CoCo Ichibanya Curry | Source: Instagram/cocoichibanyaph
CoCo Ichibanya Curry | Source: Instagram/cocoichibanyaph

Coco Ichibanya Curry Recipe to Savor a Taste of Japan at Home

Christell Fatima M. Tudtud
Feb 22, 2024
07:49 A.M.
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Unlock the flavors of Japan with this Coco Ichibanya recipe! Easily recreate the renowned Coco Ichibanya curry in your own kitchen and elevate your home-cooking experience with authentic Japanese comfort cuisine.

Founded in 1978, the CURRY HOUSE CoCo ICHIBANYA has gained fame for its mouth-watering curry rice. This dish has a perfect balance of mild to medium spiciness and customers enjoy the flexibility of adjusting their meal portions to suit their preferences.

While venturing to distant branches is an option, you can savor Coco Ichibanya's curry right in the comfort of your own kitchen! Below is the Coco Ichibanya curry recipe, ready to transport you to culinary bliss.

CoCo Ichibanya Curry | Source: Shutterstock

CoCo Ichibanya Curry | Source: Shutterstock

Coco Ichibanya Curry Recipe


  • 1 1/2 large onions, julienned
  • 2 tablespoons neutral oil
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons carrot, grated
  • 1/2 apple, grated
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken stock
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 curry blocks (Japanese curry roux)
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder (preferably Madras curry)
  • 1 tablespoon mango chutney (substitute with honey)
  • 1/2 tablespoon Bulldog fruit & vegetable sauce (substitute with ketchup)
  • 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (preferably Bulldog brand)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper


  1. In a medium-sized pot, combine 2 tablespoons of oil and 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter. Heat over low heat until the butter melts completely.
  2. Add the julienned onions to the pot. Cook on low heat for 40 to 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. The goal is to achieve a dark brown, caramelized texture without burning the onions.
  3. Once the onions are caramelized, add the grated carrots and grated apple to the pot. Increase the heat slightly to medium-low and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Let the apple moisture evaporate completely.
  4. Add the low-sodium chicken stock and water to the pot. Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat to simmer. Add the curry roux blocks to the simmering liquid and continue simmering for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the curry thickens.
  5. Stir in the mango chutney, the Bulldog fruit & vegetable sauce (or ketchup as a substitute), Worcestershire sauce, dark soy sauce, and white pepper.
  6. Blend the curry mixture until smooth using an immersion blender. Mix in the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter until well incorporated. Now you have your own Coco Ichibanya-inspired curry!

A Few Tips:

1. For the best flavor, refrigerate the curry overnight. Reheat it the next day to serve with your favorite dish.

2. Serve with your favorite katsu, such as tofu, chicken, or pork. Experiment with tofu karaage, Japanese croquettes, or a vegan hamburger patty or enjoy it with tempura, corn, or any other favorite side dish.

5. Explore unique options like natto, fried vegetables, or plant-based hot dogs. Consider adding egg or cooked spinach to the sauce or serving it with potato salad or kimchi.

8. For a complete meal, pair the curry with freshly cooked rice and traditional Japanese condiments like fukushinzuke (pickled sweet daikon) and rakkyo (pickled scallion bulbs).

9. Store any leftovers in the fridge for 3-4 days. Reheat on a stovetop or microwave, adding a splash of water or broth if needed. To freeze, cool the curry, then transfer it to freezer-safe containers or zip-top bags. Thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating.

With this Coco Ichibanya curry recipe at your fingertips, you can easily enjoy this delicious dish at home. Just follow the simple steps and let the vibrant flavors take you to the bustling streets of Japan.

As you savor the delights of Japanese comfort cuisine, why not broaden your culinary curiosity further? Master the Rainbow Drive-In Roast Pork recipe, and immerse yourself in the tropical shores of Hawaii with each delectable bite!

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