CONTRIBUTED BY LINDSEY BARROW
Coco’s Curry is really good. How good, you ask? It is so good that I will drag my kids 30 minutes on the train to eat there.
Let me give you a quick backstory: I was first introduced to Coco’s when we were stationed in Okinawa. They had everything you could want in a curry house, including naan bread and ginger. They also had make-it-yourself kits that I should have stocked up on, but I didn’t realize how much I would miss the place. Fast forward a year and we are now living in Korea and I am having major pregnancy cravings for Coco’s Curry. Not just any curry: it has to be Coco’s.
The menu is pretty easy to order from. All Coco’s have menus in English or they will have an English translation under the Korean description. You can choose from vegetarian, pork, shrimp, or chicken options. My absolute favorite is the chicken cutlet curry.
Once you pick your main dish, you can customize it from there. The regular portion size comes with 300g of rice. My husband and I used to split this, but now that I am pregnant I demand my own and take the leftovers home so that I can get my fix again later.
After choosing your portion size, you can select the spice level from 0-10. My eleven-year-old gets a mild, or a 0-1 usually. He does NOT appreciate spicy food. My husband gets a four every time, but I go with a three. (When we were in Japan, I would get a four, but the Korean version is spicier than the ones in Okinawa). Unfortunately, the Coco’s here does not offer naan bread, but they do have yummy ginger to use as a topping.
The closest Coco’s to Osan is in the Lotte Mall in Suwon, about a 25 minute train ride away. There are a few up by Yongsan, too. One close to the COEX mall (the one in Myeongdong closed this summer), and there is one in the Lotte Mall that is attached to IKEA. The Coco’s in Suwon and by IKEA are great but fill up fast on the weekends, just like everything else here in Korea!
Coco’s Curry Lotte Mall Suwon:
Hours: 11am to 10pm
Address: 40 Samil-daero 17-gil, Gwancheol-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Directions: By train, take Line 1 to the Suwon station. Exit the station at exit #2- you will go through a little bit of a parking garage and then take a sidewalk over to the Lotte Mall (there is signage in English so you can make sure you are going in the right direction). Coco’s is up in the food court/restaurant area.
Coco’s Curry by IKEA: By train, take Line 7 to Cheolsan Station, exit No. 1. You can take bus # 3 or 3-1 to the IKEA/Lotte Mall complex. You can also get off at the Gwangmyeongsageori stop and it’s a 5-7 minute walk. You can see the mall complex when you exit the train station.
Coco’s Curry Gangnam (by COEX):
Address: 619-4 Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
We did find this one, but only because I plugged the address into my WAZE app. If you don’t already have this app, download it immediately. It is really fantastic to use here in Korea. Be warned that there is absolutely NO parking close to this location- my husband drove up the block while I went in to get the curry for take-out.