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Doria

Upon grabbing my usual post-beach cool down Slurpee® at the Kapahulu 7-Eleven this past weekend, there was a prominent sign at the checkout for a new hot food item called “Doria”. I was like, “What the heck is Doria?!” All the cashier could tell me about it other than what the sign said, was that “it’s Japanese” in origin, and that “it’s really good!” Hmmm, very interesting.


Images courtesy of sevenelevenhawaii.com

Doing further research on “Doria”, come to find out this unique adapted baked cream sauce and rice casserole dish is commonly served around Japan, particularly at restaurants that are Western & Italian inspired. It typically has chicken or prawns and some vegetables mixed in, with a creamy white sauce, and sometimes topped with cheese.

Before continuing, that said, this reminds me of the Crab  & Shiitake Mushroom “Sushi Casserole” dish I once featured here…


Uncle Chuck’s Crab & Shiitake Mushroom Sushi “Casserole”

According to blogger Shibuya246, while he or she thought “Doria” is a Japanese name, it’s actually Italian, however ironically it was originally made popular in Paris, France. Go figure. Its ingredients originally included tomato, cucumber and egg whites, to represent the colors of the Italian flag.

Blogger246 goes on to explain, “In 1925 it was introduced to Japan in Yokohama at the New Grand Hotel where it was cooked as French cuisine by the Swiss chef who was visiting. It was made with small prawns.”

Doria certainly has an interesting origin, evolution and migration.


Angelo Pietro Shrimp Mushroom Doria. Image courtesy of QuarterlifeAdventures blog

Come to find out, other than 7-Eleven, here on Oahu, Angelo Pietro near Ala Moana Center has a Mixed Mushroom Doria and Shrimp Mushroom Doria on their menu — the latter of which sounds (and looks) dang oishii!


7-Eleven Hawaii: Doria Baked Meat Sauce on Rice and Doria Baked Curry Sauce on Turmeric Rice

While I wish 7-Eleven also offered the Japanese style with shrimp and veggies, for the sake of convenience, I’ll give these meat-based “gut bombs” a try. Again, “taking one (make that two) for the team”, thank you very much.


7-Eleven Hawaii: Doria Baked Meat Sauce on Rice and Doria Baked Curry Sauce on Turmeric Rice

Merchandised ready-to-microwave in 7-Eleven’s refrigerated deli section, each paper-based container the Doria is served in measures 5¼” diameter from the inside edge of the container x 1½” depth (not including the clear plastic lid); its 1.75 oz. net weight, costing $4.39 each. As noted on their sign, Doria is currently only available at 7-Eleven Hawaii locations on the island of Oahu.


7-Eleven Hawaii: Doria Baked Meat Sauce on Rice and Doria Baked Curry Sauce on Turmeric Rice

As for the ingredients, the list is WAY too long for me to bother transcribing here. I’ll just point out some notables, including rice, a blend of shredded Cheddar & Monterey Jack cheese, ground beef for the meat sauce and ground pork for the curry, cream soup base, marinara sauce for the meat sauce and tonkatsu sauce for the curry, along with a very long list of seasonings and spices. Most of all, a list WAY too long of chemicals and preservatives. But hey, this is convenience store food, where that’s a given.


7-Eleven Hawaii: Doria Baked Meat Sauce on Rice – Baked casserole of rice covered with
white cream sauce, Marinara meat sauce and topped with cheese.

After nuking it to steamin’ hot (the packaging recommends 105 seconds, not specifying wattage), let’s give this here Dorian Meat Sauce Rice Casserole a shot…


7-Eleven Hawaii: Doria Baked Meat Sauce on Rice – Baked casserole of rice covered with
white cream sauce, Marinara meat sauce and topped with cheese.

First of all, looking underneath its saucy top, it’s a baked rice casserole dish alright, with cooked white rice as its bed. Think “Japanese Lasagna”, except only one layer of sauce and rice vs. alternating layers of sauce and lasagna pasta sheets.


7-Eleven Hawaii: Doria Baked Meat Sauce on Rice – Baked casserole of rice covered with
white cream sauce, Marinara meat sauce and topped with cheese.

And?

The Doria Baked Meat Sauce on Rice tastes weird. Diner A, E and myself unanimously agreed the tomato-based sauce on “plain” white rice doesn’t really match. Marinara Meat Sauce? Barely, considering how little ground beef was in it. Authentic Italian Bolognese, no way. It has weird seasonings in it, where right off you’re like “this is SO NOT Italian”. I’d almost go off the limb to say it tastes “Chef Boyardee-ish”, especially being there’s a cream sauce combined with it.  OK, not THAT bad, but you get the idea.


Doria Baked Meat Sauce on Rice features an ooey-gooey melted blend of shredded Monterey Jack & Cheddar Cheese topping

The generous helping of blended melted cheese topping the sauce was certainly welcome, if only to help mask that weird flavor of the “Marinara” sauce. It says there’s beef in it, however it wasn’t nearly as “meaty” as the generous amount of pork in the curry version.

As for the white rice itself, its grains were typical medium grain “Hinode” type. With that, being this had been sitting in the store’s refrigerator with an expiration date about 3 days away from when I purchased it, it already had a “refrigerated” taste and texture, even after microwaving it for the recommended 105 seconds. I actually had to microwave about 2:30 minutes, being I used a smaller 700 watt unit.



Add to that, you’re dealing with someone who now eats “sushi quality” rice at home with my new Zojirushi Induction Heat cooker, so I’m much more discerning about rice quality than I’ve been in the past.

All said ‘n done, a resounding Next!


7-Eleven Hawaii: Doria Baked Curry Sauce on Turmeric Rice- baked casserole of seasoned rice, creamy curry w/ground pork on top.

If you look carefully at the color towards the right edge, you can see the greenish-brown tone of the curry and turmeric spices making up the creamy sauce in this dish.


7-Eleven Hawaii: Doria Baked Curry Sauce on Turmeric Rice- baked casserole of seasoned rice, creamy curry w/ground pork on top.

Unearthing it, you see the glowing greenish yellow color of the turmeric-infused rice.

Let’s sample some…


7-Eleven Hawaii: Doria Baked Curry Sauce on Turmeric Rice- baked casserole of seasoned rice, creamy curry w/ground pork on top.

Ah yes, the Doria Baked Curry Sauce on Turmeric Rice is much better! Now THIS is a satisfying bowl of curry rice goodness.


7-Eleven Hawaii: Doria Baked Curry Sauce on Turmeric Rice- baked casserole of seasoned rice, creamy curry w/ground pork on top.

The creamy curry topping is thick and densely filled with tasty ground pork. The curry flavor itself is your typical Japanese style curry, similar to that of Coco Ichibanya Curry House, or the store-bought S&B brand. There’s also minced bits of carrots and onion in it, making it well-rounded.

The texture of the rice was better in this one vs. the plain rice in the meat sauce version, which I’m guessing is due to the spices and broth used to cook it.

All I can really say is, the Doria Baked Curry on Turmeric Rice is a uniquely comforting baked curry & rice dish, different than your typical curry stew ‘n rice, with a curry flavor that’s your typical, yet satisfying Japanese fast food fare. If you’re a fan of the genre, definitely give it a try. $4.30 ain’t gonna’ break the bank, and the serving size is quite generous, where you could split one between two adults with a moderate appetite.


7-Eleven Hawaii: Doria Baked Meat Sauce on Rice and Doria Baked Curry Sauce on Turmeric Rice

What? Doria Baked Meat Sauce on Rice and Doria Baked Curry Sauce on Turmeric Rice
Where did you get it from and how much did it cost? 7-Eleven Hawaii Kapahulu location. $4.39 each
Big Shaka to: Doria Baked Curry Sauce on Turmeric Rice is very tasty, while having a unique contrast of textures between the melted cheesy top, creamy curry sauce layer that includes generous amounts of tasty ground pork, followed by the tender Turmeric-laced rice. Nice!; being able to get fresh-made Shrimp & Mushroom Doria at Angelo Pietro’s near Ala Moana Center ; “Doria” is an intriguing name.
No Shaka to: Doria Baked Meat Sauce on Rice overall tastes “weird”; not a good combo with the white rice; sparse ground beef; white rice was already reaching its “refrigerator stiff” point (regardless of ample time due for expiration); making “funky” names of “Doria”.
The Tasty Island rating: barely 1 for the Meat Sauce on Rice and 3 for the Curry Sauce on Turmeric Rice.

Related links:
Uncle Chuck’s Crab & Shiitake Mushroom Sushi “Casserole” – The Tasty Island
Angelo Pietro Honolulu Menu
Where is Doria from? – Shibuya246.com
Japanese Chicken Doria – A Homemaker’s Diary
Japanese Gratin: Doria – Shizuoka Gourmet

10 thoughts on “Doria

  • August 26, 2014 at 5:56 pm
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    Pomai, I have a suggestion for another convenience-food review, and as a bonus, it’s even group-friendly! Get over to Arby’s (their website locations map shows 3 sites around Pearl Harbor), and order the “Meat Mountain”. Apparently it’s exactly what it sounds like:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2014/08/25/the-10-meat-mountain-from-arbys-its-exactly-what-it-sounds-like/

    If they’ll make it for you, that’s just crying out for an in-depth Pomai review, with plenty of scintillating photographic exhibits.
    Thanks in advance!

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    • August 26, 2014 at 6:35 pm
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      BH,

      I usually don’t do national fast food chain restaurant reviews, unless the promotional item they’re offering is unique to Hawaii, as I recently did with Jack in the Box’ new SPAM Teri Jr. Jack (good stuff!).

      I will most definitely take you up on that Hawaiian Chip Company factory visit, though. I’d love to get a tour of their operation there. The only factory tour review I’ve done so far is Aloha Tofu Factory. Great people there!

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      • August 26, 2014 at 7:06 pm
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        Ah, I completely understand your philosophy on national chains, and in the way you articulate it, I have to agree, as your corner of the web is certainly Hawaii-centric. Besides, I realize that in the past day-or-two, the Arby’s Meat Mountain has gotten so much coverage-to-death, it’s practically lost all novelty. Imagine that – by the power of the internet it’s literally already yesterday’s news!

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      • August 27, 2014 at 9:37 am
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        7-Eleven Hawaii is uniquely for Hawaii. Completely independent from 7-Eleven mainland, so I wouldn’t consider them a national chain. The only thing they share is Slurpee. It’s awesome that all the food is made locally for us. Can’t find Spam Musubi or Loco Moco anywhere on the mainland. MY 7-ELEVEN!

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  • August 26, 2014 at 10:43 pm
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    When I first saw the title of this blog, I knew I had seen that word before. First, I thought about Daria from MTV, then I thought about Dory the fish (not Dory from Finding Nemo) but the John Dory fish I’ve seen on menus before. But I knew those weren’t it. But when I saw the photo, I knew I had seen this dish before. Last year, we discovered a show on KIKU called Cocorico, where most of the episodes was a team of two Japanese celebrities (usually comedians) that would go to a restaurant in Japan and try to eat every single item on the menu. Sometimes they would be there for a few days, trying to eat it all, sleeping at the restaurant, then waking up and continuing from where they left off. One of the episodes had them at an Italian restaurant I believe and they had Doria on the menu. And several different varieties too. And they came out one after the other and this team was shoveling it down. Anyway, I tried finding some info on Cocorico but Google didn’t help. But just imagine trying to eat ten of these in a row! So filling I’m sure!

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    • August 27, 2014 at 9:42 am
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      David,

      Or some might be thinking Durian, that smelly fruit Andrew Zimmern could never stomach. Or Dorian (mode), a diatonic scale in music composition. :-)

      Regarding Cocorico, I’d like to see them eat every menu item in a typical Chinese restaurant in Honolulu. I have a menu for Sunny Chinese Restaurant in Kapalama (Kalihi), that has — get this — 250 different menu items listed to choose. Good luck eating all that!

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      • August 27, 2014 at 10:35 am
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        It seemed like some of the restaurants had that many items since they were eating so long. But maybe 150 max. One time they went to a sushi place and imagine how much rice they had to eat! At another restaurant, one funny scene was when the small rice bowl is brought out, then the medium size rice bowl, then the large size rice bowl. They think they’re done but then the next item is the family size rice bowl! They think they’re REALLY done with rice but then the child size rice bowl comes out! Hilarious! IIRC they couldn’t put anything on it either, like shoyu or furikake.

        I still have Cocorico on my Series DVR but they haven’t played it in many months. We leave it on, hoping it’d come back.

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  • August 27, 2014 at 10:42 am
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    Pomai, to me it look like Indian food and seem very good since there rice in it. People in Hawaii love rice in any kind of dishes. I would try the curry one since I am into curry very much.

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  • August 29, 2014 at 12:48 am
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    I’ve never heard of Doria until I went to Japan. And the only place I’ve seen it is at Saizeriya–a low budget Italian style restaurant chain that’s all over Japan. It’s about $3.00 and comes in a shallow baking dish. It’s like a side dish that’s rice and a thin layer of meat sauce. Comes in different flavors. I believe that is how 711 got the idea.

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  • August 29, 2014 at 10:36 pm
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    Hey thanx for the 411 on this. I was near a 7-11 and picked a couple for dinner. We both LOVED it and it was totally awesome. That rice was just fab. I am a huge eater and I don’t eat a whole lotta rice just sukosh but this one the rice was soooo good I ate it all up. An example is in I order a regular plate lunch w/ 2 scoops rice, I eat only half to one scoop of the rice. My mom a small eater, ate only half. This bowl had everything I love and it was sukosh spicy hot which I love. I plan to eat it again within the week and who can beat a filling meal for under $5?!? Thanks for the recommend, you were spot on.

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