From summer to early fall when it is still hot, people lose appetite. However, there are cuisines that make them feel like eating. That’s what Japanese people call ethnic food that particularly includes South, Southeast, and African cuisines with various veggies and unique herbs and spices. And just by eating it, people “feel like they are in a different country.” So, try and enjoy those exotic cuisines from overseas while being in Koriyama!
Cafe de Viet Nam Sawagami Shoten
Located next to the parking lot of Joyo Bank. With ivy-covered white walls, this restaurant looks like a secret place. Inside the house, there are charming lamps and wall ornaments with a lotus flower motif, which are giving out atmosphere of Southeast Asia. They have a private room in the back and terrace seating. Party and charter services are also available. Being in the terrace makes people feel like they are in a resort in the midst of the city, and having hot pot and cold beer would definitely amaze you! After eating with a good sweat, you will get the energy to survive summer days.
Pho Ga (Chicken Pho)
800 JPY for Lunch (Tax Included)
820 JPY for Dinner (Tax Excluded)
The Vietnamese soul food, Pho is a noodle soup dish prepared with rice flour. “Ga” means “chicken”, so depending on the base ingredient, they call the dish differently, like, “Pho ●●”.
The clear flat noodles have a nice chewy texture, and are relatively soft compared to flour made noodles. The chicken broth soup, prepared by being simmered for 6 hours every day, has an excellent sweetness with a refreshing flavor. It comes topped with boiled herb chicken slices, lettuce, and moyashi sprouts, being accentuated by fried onions and peppers.
People say it is common to customize the taste of the food you get served to your liking by adding seasonings and spices. To change the flavor, chili sauce and lemons are on offer at this café. So, give it a try!
Both its taste and appearance are simple, but it gives us an excellent taste of each ingredient. It feels like, the more you eat, the more your body gets healthier. The diet may be the beauty secret of Vietnamese women who are slender and beautifully wear their traditional dress, ao dai.
※Pho Bo (Beef Soup Noodles) and Pho Hai San (Seafood Soup Noodles) are also available if requested.
How about having curry made with authentic spices from India? With nice Indian music in the background, this wonderful Indian food restaurant offers spicy foods which would be great for the killing hot summer.
Their curries are smoother than the Japanese ones, and excellent tandoori dishes are also on offer. Other than those, they have 7 types of naans, and a variety of drinks such as lassi, mango juice, Masala chai, Indian beer, Maharaja, and so on. There are 5 levels of spiciness from Normal to Dangerous Hot. Pick one you like.
Krispa Mahal has 2 locations in Koriyama, Kuwano and Yatsuyamada.
Chicken Masala is tomato-based chicken and veggie curry. It tastes rich but not heavy and mildly spicy. The Chinese chives and ginger toppings give a nice refreshing flavor and a strong kick.
Lunch Set A
(Chicken Curry, Naan or Rice, Soup, Salad, Dessert, and Drink)
If you don’t know what to choose, this is the one for you. The curry with braised chicken taste creamy and mild.
Lunch Set C
(Pick two out of four kinds of curries, Naan or Rice, Soup, Salad, Seekh Kabab, Chicken tikka, Dessert, and Drink)
Fantastic set meal with two kinds of curries and delicious chicken dish. They are not as hot as they look and taste mild.
At this restaurant, there are free refills on naan and rice for the lunch set. With all the dishes including drink, it is very voluminous and reasonable!
As its name implies, Thai Ginger is a Thai food restaurant recently opened close to York Benimaru Kibougaoka Location, which also looks like a secret place. It is not a gigantic restaurant with a counter seating for up to 8 people and some table seating, which allows customers to have a good service. Their Thai curry and noodles are made with best selected ingredients, including half polished rice (Koshihikari produced in Sukagawa) that goes well with curry, the best quality coriander leaves in Japan raised by Mr. Haga in Yabuki-machi, and the handmade noodles produced at a famous noodle maker in Kitakata, Soga Seimen.
Khao Soi is curry soup dish with egg noodles. Very popular in Northern Thailand. Being topped with crispy fried noodles and smooth boiled noodles in the soup, you can enjoy two types of texture at the same time. The coconut flavor rich and spicy soup smells sweet and tastes so delicious that you cannot stop eating. The spiciness that stimulates your tongue is not too strong and gives you a comfortable kick. The more you add toppings such as coriander leaves and onion slices, the more exotic the taste and flavor get. Enjoy the change with the tender braised chicken.
With a decade experience in Kokubun-ji Tokyo, Asian Curry Specialty Restaurant has moved to Koriyama. The eye-catching exteriors and unique interiors which the owner worked on by himself, looks a bit mysterious.
They serve tasty Asian curries made by uniquely combining dozens of herbs and spices and a bunch of veggies. For their special nice flaky cooked rice, the mixture of rice and barley produced in Fukushima is used. Various portions from Small (150g) to Super (600g) are available.
Also, the “spiciness levels” are from 1 (NORMAL) to 9 (DEATH) and each level goes up by 0.5. Their fun additional toppings are mostly available from 100 JPY each (there are some exceptions). All of their menu items, including the special coconut dressing, drinks (lassi and chai), and sweets is handmade at the restaurant, and curry and lassi are available for to go.
The seasonal curries are also on offer (from 900 JPY). This is a great place to discover new taste through out the year.
Grilled Cheese Keema CURRY
Enjoy the fantastic triple combo of tomato, cheese, and keema curry. The presentation gets completed in front of a guest by browning the cheese with a blowtorch. With a bunch of crunchy veggies, the smooth creamy soup tastes nice and mild. Some sort of Italian dish comes to mind because of the juicy tomato’s sweetness and rich melting cheese.
Ma La Keema CURRY
Hot and tasty!! With tofu and lots of veggies, this healthy spicy keema curry tastes deep and flavorful, also gives you a taste of Chinese dish. Each ingredient, including tofu, has a star-like presence. It is so rich and tasty, and goes well with rice, which can get you even addicted. The spiciness level is above 3, so it is perfect for those who want a spicy kick.
Thai Restaurant Lai Thai
Lai Thai is a homey restaurant located at the north side of Orient Park Hiwada. From famous Thai dishes in Japan to authentic ones, including Pak Choi Salad (Coriander Salad), Goi Cuon (Summer Roll), and Khao Mangai (Hainanese Chicken Rice), various kinds of Thai food are on offer as well as reasonable lunch dishes. Also, a wide variety of drinks that include Singha-Beer, Chang Beer, and various Thai Juice such as Mango, Lychee, and Coconut Juice, are available. It is said that Thai food helps to keep your body in good condition because lots of herbs and spices are in it. Enjoy their Thai food with a wonderful balance of “Sweetness, Spiciness, Sourness, and Saltiness”.
※For those who don’t like spicy food, less spicy dishes can be arranged. Let the staff know when you order.
Pad Thai (Thai Stir-fried Sweet and Chili Noodles)
864 JPY (Tax Included)
Pad Thai is very popular Thai dish next to Tom Yum Goong (Spicy Shrimp soup). This noodle dish is cooked with rice noodles, eggs, tofu, and other ingredients. With the chewy rice noodles that catch the sweet and spicy sauce well, it definitely stimulates your appetite. The authentic way to eat it is to customize the taste as you like by adding lemon juice, sugar, vinegar, nam pla (fish sauce), chili, and so on. The taste incredibly changes according to the seasoning. You can enjoy different tastes in one dish.
Som Tum (Green Papaya Salad)
972 JPY (Tax Included)
This salad is one of the Thailand’s iconic food. The ingredients are shredded green papaya, carrot, dried shrimp, etc. It is seasoned with lime juice, nam pla, sugar and so on. The green papaya is totally different from ripen ones, the texture is crunchy and firm. With a sharp taste of green papaya and sweetness of nuts and tomato, a great harmony of tastes is built up. Enjoy the sweet chili taste with a tingling stimulation. Perfect for those who love super spicy hot!
This izakaya restaurant is located close to JA Asahi Location. With full of Southeast Asian tastes, WASIA TAVERN looks like a secret place, too. There are counter seating, semi-private rooms, private rooms, and standard table seating. Guests can sit wherever they like and enjoy their creative dishes and alcohol drinks at a relaxing space. A wide variety of a la carte dishes are available, including arranged Southeast Asian dishes such as popular Tom Yum Goong, Gaprao Rice (Basil Pork Stir Fry Rice), and Pad Thai-ish Stir Fry Noodles. Forget about the time and enjoy their food with your close friends at this tavern!
Pad Bak Bung (Thai style stir fry green vegetable)
780 JPY (Tax Excluded)
The stir fry Chinese water spinach that has a straw-like stems is very common in Thailand. This green vegetable is a summer vegetable and often eaten in China and Southeast Asia. It is seasoned with garlic, chili, oyster sauce, nam pla, etc. at this place.
The dish looks simple but is very tasty and makes you eat a lot. It is slightly hot and goes well with beer. The crunchy texture is amazing!
Fukuryu’s original Dipping Ramen Noodles have arrived! Dip them in Tom Yum Goong Soup that is one of the World’s Three Great Soups as well as Shark Fin Soup and Bouilla Base!
Tom Yum Goong Dipping Ramen Noodles
Tom Yum Goong’s “Tom” means “boiling”, “Yum” is “mixing up”, and Goong is “shrimp”, which totally means Tom yum soup with shrimp. With lemongrass that gives a beautiful citrus flavor, and Thai soy sauce, nam pla that makes the soup rich, it tastes so deep. For the noodles, of course, Fukuryu’s staple chewy super-thick noodles are used.
For to Goes
Kara-age KINBOSHI Yamazaki Original Location / Orient Park Asaka Location
In Thailand, green curry is essentially called “kaeng”, which means “soup dish”. In Japan, however, people call it curry because it looks like it, and is easy to tell. The reason for the green color of this flavorful green curry is because a lot of green spices and herbs are used. With a lot of veggies in it, it is very nutritious and healthy. Put KINBOSHI’s gorgeous Kara-age on the soup and eat them up! That will give you tons of energy to survive the season from summer to fall!
Green Curry Lunch Box Meal
530 JPY (Tax Included)
The energetic healthy lunch box meal is newly arrived! Enjoy the great combination of green curry which has been selected as an item for a city promotion of Koriyama, and KINBOSHI’s popular Kara-age Lunch Box Meal Too Large to Cover with a Lid!
Also available at Orient Park Asaka Location
Xie Xie Pearl Koriyama Location
Taiwanese Bubble Tea Specialty Shop has landed in Koriyama! They offer their original bubble tea made with fresh brown sugar tapioca pearls produced in Taiwan. The tea leaves carefully selected are those of popular brands, including “Dongfang Meiren（東方美人: Oriental Beauty）”. Also, for their matcha green tea, they use excellent tea powder produced in Uji, Kyoto.
The brown sugar with a mellow scent makes a perfect match with the flavor of tapioca. By blending several kinds of brown sugars, its consistency gets thicker giving a nice texture, and it tastes elegant.
Bubble Tea KIWAMI Brown Sugar Collection
From 470 JPY (for Middle Size)
Two size variations are available; Middle and Large size. You can add extra toppings that include tapioca pearls (70 JPY), doubled tapioca pearls (140 JPY), and whipped cream (50 JPY). The logo character in a grateful pose is cute. Everything about it would make you happy.
There is certain way to keep it delicious while you are having this tea. When you receive the tea, the tapioca pearls are still warm. Firstly, have a sip after a short stir, but try not to shake it strongly because the pearls become cooled and stiff. Take your time enjoying the nice chewy texture, and stir it until it reached the sweetness you want. After that, finish it as soon as possible!
Eat a lot and be super energetic!!