Aji WOW is my series of unusual Japanese food/drink reviews. 'Aji' (味) means 'flavour', and the name's also a pun on 'ajiwau' (味わう) - 'to enjoy the taste of'.
This time: Poo Pad Pong Curry from 7-11.
What fresh hell...
From reading the text on the front of the box, I know this is meant to be a Thai curry. It is, however, a cheap Japanese convenience store imitation of Thai curry. So I'm saying this counts as an 'unusual Japanese food'.
Also, come on, that name. Had to be done.
A quick - and instantly regretted - Google reveals there are several ways to pronounce this dish. Bu Pad Pong, Phoo Pad Pong, Boo Paht Pong... why they went for the 'poo' sound and not 'boo', I have no idea. The 'pong' is just unfortunate.
In any case, everyone agrees it's made with crab, yellow curry powder, egg, and coconut milk.
Here's how it looks when served up:
Surprisingly similar to the way it's depicted on the box. That might be a first...
Having said that, I can't say the box art made it look appetising. Sensing disappointment in my immediate future, I paired the curry with plain white rice.
I've never tried crab curry before, but I was hoping for a vaguely familiar seafood-y taste. This doesn't taste of much at all. Wasn't even getting a decent whiff of coconut. The curry wasn't particularly spicy, which is the way I like it.
And I'd put money on it being mostly egg. Curry is great at hiding a lack of any real ingredients. That'd explain the absence of flavour.
It was edible. I was hungry.
(That could've been my whole review, really.)
Even with an appetite, I couldn't bring myself to finish it. At least with most middle-of-the-road food, there's some taste for your tongue to latch onto. Trying to shovel this down was a struggle.
Verdict: 2.5/10. Not shit, but also not 'the shit'.