Katsu curry has been a star dish on Wagamamas’ menu for years – and I’m a huge fan. Crispy chicken and sticky rice smothered in curry sauce. What’s not to love?
So, when I stumbled across Paige Freshwater’s five-star recommendation for katsu curry on 2Chill, I knew I had to put it to the test.
She said Woky Ko’s Korean chicken katsu curry is ”to die for” and would “definitely recommend the authentic Asian for a quick lunch”.
But would it live up to the Wagamamas classic? I went straight to St Nick’s Market to put it to the test.
There are four Woky Kos in Bristol – on Queen’s Road, Wapping Wharf, CARGO and St Nick’s Market. And yet somehow, I’ve avoided all of them up until now.
I visited Woky Ko in St Nick’s Market on a Saturday lunchtime, and queued outside their stall on the corner. The menu was short and simple. You could order a House Rice Noodle Salad, a Woky Kimchi or create your own Woky Box.
I created my own Woky Box, and chose exactly the same items as Paige – rice, Korean fried chicken and house katsu sauce. I basically built my own version of Wagamamas and it only cost £6.
I watched them put it all together in a box, and sat on the picnic bench next door to dig in.
The Korean fried chicken was crispy and tender, and the sticky rice was honestly the best rice I’ve ever eaten. It literally melted in my mouth. Paige was right – “even the side salad was amazing?!”
It was a hefty portion for £6, and I didn’t want my lunch to end.
I couldn’t believe how good Woky Ko was – and I couldn’t believe it had taken me this long to try it. To make up for lost time, I returned to Woky Ko five days later and ordered the exact same thing.
I’ve got to agree with Paige and have already been recommending this place to my friends.
While Wagamamas will never let you down, I think Woky Ko beats it by a mile. I’ve got a new favourite katsu curry.
The Woky Ko website reads: “Located in the heart of Bristol’s historic St Nick’s Market, Sticks is quick lunch boxes designed by you, made the Woky Way.”
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