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Published December 4th 2017
I love a good curry. Succulent meat in a tasty spicy sauce is one of my go-to comfort dishes. I also realise that 'curry' really isn't 'curry' but the slack English term for delicious meat or veggies with a flavourful sauce of myriad descriptions.
For me, the perfect curry is one when the meat or veggies simply melt in the mouth and have a spicy hot warming sauce to match with some vibrant greens on the side. I've eaten it in Melbourne, Darwin, Singapore, Malaysia, India and Thailand. It's the dish I go to when I'm feeling a little blue or homesick for the tropics. The pep of the spice and the heat of the sauce warms me up inside and reminds me of my days spent in the sun.
This is my favourite place for Chicken Katsu Curry. This is the place to discover my favourite Japanese mum's authentic curry sauce and then add cheese, mushroom, egg and onions to spice it up. The chicken is always crisp and tender. The curry is soft and gentle but enough to get your nose going! You can also play around with how much heat you want with your curry.
Nelayan has been on Swanston street for at least 20 years. It's still going strong. This was an old uni haunt for me. Cheap, easy and quick food. A tasty Indonesian flavour explosion.