Eating Japanese golden curry is about as comforting as being in your mother’s arms.
I’m not kidding.
I’d had it before a few times in Hawaii, and a number of times I made Japanese golden curry from a box mix (which by the way is pretty tasty too) during university.
It’s not a pungently strong curry, but more of a subtle soothing thick golden gravy that warms your heart with every bite. It gives you that same overwhelming food comforting feeling as a loco moco in Hawaii.
About 300 meters down Sukhumvit Soi 39 (Phrom Phong), is Gold Curry Bangkok, a comfort restaurant straight from Japan.
Though everything on the menu, from the omelets to the hot dogs, looked tempting, I was there for just one dish: Chicken katsu curry rice.
There are four different sizes, depending on how much rice you want at the bottom of your bowl. I, of course, wanted nothing but the LL size – a saucer of 450 grams of high quality Japanese rice.
A nice feature at Gold Curry Bangkok is the self service miso soup, which happened to be delicious.
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There it was, a gorgeous pile of rice lathered in bronze gravy and topped with a flawless fillet of crispy fried chicken.
Japanese rice, cooked perfectly, is hard to beat.
The chicken was marvelous as well – the light katsu sauce drizzled on top, and the golden curry oozing onto the rice and chicken – almost unbelievable.
At the beginning I was so excited to dig in that I somehow missed the condiments on the side of our table.
A few generous pours of Habanero Tabasco added another lovely dimension to my chili addicted mouth. I was flying high with satisfaction at this stage.
I think it’s Japanese red pickled radish. Anyway, it was lightly sour, and also went extremely well to switch up the salty gold curry and fried chicken.
Every single bite just got better and better… and more comforting.
The Bottom Line
Golden curry is one of the top Japanese comfort foods.
When I was looking around the restaurant, apart from a few Thais, I noticed some Japanese businessman straight from the office and some other Japanese guys that looked like they had just woken up and were still in their pajamas.
The curry and rice topped with chicken katsu is marvelous.
Gold Curry Bangkok
Address: 20/3 Soi Sukhumvit 39 Sukhumvit Rd. Klongtannua Wattana, Bangkok, Thailand 10110
Phone: 02 662 5003
Hours: 11 am – 2 am daily
Prices: My meal cost 200 THB, expect to pay around 150 – 300 THB per person
How to get there
Take the BTS Skytrain to Phrom Phong station. Exit towards Sukhumvit Soi 39. Walk straight down the road, you’ll pass Yong Lee, and after about 400 meters or so you’ll see the orange Gold Curry Bangkok restaurant on your right hand side.
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