It’s no secret that I miss Okinawa and all things Japanese. Yesterday, I’d finally had enough. I drove an hour just to go to Daiso and Coco’s Curry. An hour really isn’t a big deal. I would have made a weekend out of it if need be.
Daiso is the company that owns the 100 Yen Stores in Japan. They are like our dollar stores, but better. You can seriously buy anything and everything there. It’s better quality and cuter. There are also about ten or so stores in the greater Los Angeles area. Let me just say, that it was exactly the same. Same little carts, same products, same store full of Japanese people, except none of them talked to or touched my children. Everything was $1.50, so not too different on prices.
When looking at the dishes, I found the ones I have, plus I bought more, because why not? The huge selection of fancy, little erasers was there. I was a little sad about the food section, since most of what I wanted wasn’t there. Maybe because what I wanted was more of an Okinawa thing or maybe because it was just a small section. We did stock up on Hi-Chew though. It was cheaper than what they charge at Target.
Our next stop was Coco’s. If you’ve been to Japan, especially Okinawa, you are familiar with Coco’s. It’s not really fast food, it’s more like a Steak-n-Shake type restaurant. It’s a sit down restaurant but, it’s still fast food. They basically serve Japanese curry in different varieties. The Americans in Okinawa love it. Seriously LOVE it. It’s not the best curry, but it’s pretty dang good.
The restaurant looked kinda the same on the inside, but that could also be my failing memory. Everyone yelled welcome in Japanese when someone walked in and when we left, they all yelled ‘arrigato gozaimasu’ in unison. Everyone that I saw working there was Asian, but American. They all spoke perfect non-accented English, so the fact that they still said all that in Japanese was a bit wonderful for me. That may sound really dumb, but I know some of you will get it. The menu had a lot of the same things, but the bad English translation was gone. There was even buzzers at the table to contact your server.
I had my usual pork cutlet. I almost went with the chicken, but felt like that was somehow cheating. I also had naan. Of course. I think it pretty much tasted the same. It was cheap too! $4.99 for the plates and $3.50 for the kids plate.
Next time I’m in the area, I’ll make sure to go back. I really like how they didn’t Americanize any of it. The shopping center Coco’s was in had a lot of other Asian restaurants, like Korean BBQ and a shabu shabu place.