By: Varisha Hussain
In this account below, Varisha Hussain, a final-year-medical student shares with us her experience at Karachi’s famous Yoshi’s.
So after many days of struggling through life’s mundanities, I finally got the chance to try out Yoshi’s, the new talk of the town! And it was everything i imagined it to be!
What did we try? The Shoyu Ramen, Okonomiyaki, Korean Fried Chicken, Chicken Katsu Curry, Yuzunade, and the Gyozas.
The Okonomiyaki and Korean Fried Chicken have to be my favourites!
The Okonomiyaki is a savory japanese pancake with many tasty toppings. It comes in three flavours: Original, Spicy, and Extra Spicy. With fillings of vegetables, beef, and prawns, topped with the umami sauce, mayo, and bonito flakes, the Spicy Okonomiyaki was an adventure of textures and taste that excited my taste buds. The spice level was just right. Even a spice-lover like me approved!
Fun Fact: Bonito flakes tend to move with heat, almost like they are dancing. My friend really thought they were alive!
The Korean Fried Chicken was something I was looking forward to the most on the menu. And I was not disappointed. It was the best fried chicken I had ever tasted; perfectly crispy with the most amazing sweet and sour sauce. The accompanying sauce was sweet and spicy. You can, however, also order it with cheese, which is equally delicious!
The Chicken Katsu Curry was like a warm hug on a cold winter night. The perfect comfort food. Although you could definitely taste the “Indian-ness” to it.
The ever-popular drink of two colors: the Yuzunade! I honestly prefer this over a mint lemonade.
Yuzu is a fruit from the citrus family, believed to be a cross between a mandarin and a papeda fruit, a sub genus of the genus citrus which includes the kaffir lime, if not, in its turn, a cross between the lime and the citron. The flavor was not too sweet, it was subtle and very refreshing. Perfect for a hot day in Karachi.
The Gyoza was a filling of chicken, prawn, chilli, and lots of ginger. Although tasty, the ginger was a little too strong. The four dumplings are served with a sauce that was watery but okay in taste.
The Shoyu ramen, owever, was.. disappointing.
The serving sizes of each dish were appropriate, and not at all expensive.
If you are the adventurous food-lover, you would definitely want to try out their “Secret Menu” featuring authentic Korean and Japanese dishes.
All in all, it was an enjoyable experience. If you’re looking for a fun place to try out some new food, Yoshi’s is the place to go.