Incredible Journey of Saoji World in Fukuoka


Posted on 20 Apr 2024 21:00 in ASKSiddhi独断うまい店 by Yoko Deshmukh

Let's dive into the kaleidoscopic spice flavors straight from Nagpur! (Picture courtesy: Siddharth)

My mother one day told me that she found on a TV program introducing an unusual Indian restaurant in Fukuoka; according to her, they served cuisines from central India, specifically the city called Nagpur.

Nagpur has a special place in my heart. It is the city I have visited since I started living in India to meet Siddharth's aunt and her family. Siddharth went to the university in the town, where he spent significant time during his youth. 

That is why, upon discovering this unique restaurant, Midori Store in Fukuoka, run by two brothers who proudly introduced Japan's only Saoji delicacies, we were eager to experience it.

Their menu was simple:
* Saoji with jeera rice with/without roti
* Phoenix curry on jeera rice
* Both Saoji and Phoenix on the sides of the jeera rice strip

While Saoji was named "big brother's special," Phoenix was "baby brother's original."

Saoji was full-flavored with rich spices yet moderately spicy compared with local dishes in Nagpur, which was the perfect introduction to the Japanese people's taste buds. On the other hand, Phoenix was mild, yet one could feel underlined umami, which conveyed the baby brother's keen sense inherited from being a former Italian chef.

Visiting Midori Store is not just a meal; it's a one-of-a-kind culinary adventure that should be noticed by everyone visiting Fukuoka.

Instagram account: @midoristore_fuk
X (former Twitter): @MidoriStore_fuk
Link to Forbes Japan article:
日本で唯一食べられるインドカレー。 脳出血で倒れた弟の店を守った「サオジカレー」とは - Forbes JAPAN 公式サイト(フォーブス ジャパン)

"Phoenix" with three kinds of pickles.

It's less than five minutes walking distance
from the nearest Nishitetsu Ohashi Station.


Lunch: 11:30~15:00
Dinner: 18:00~21:00

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Yoko Deshmukh   (日本語 | English)         
インド・プネ在住歴10年以上の英日・日英フリーランス翻訳者、デシュムク陽子(Yoko Deshmukh)が運営しています。2003年9月30日からインドのプネに住んでいます。

ASKSiddhi is run by Yoko Deshmukh, a native Japanese freelance English - Japanese - English translator who lives in Pune since 30th September 2003.

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