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Shibuya246, while he or she thought “Doria” is a Japanese name, it’s actually Italian, however ironically it was originally made popular in Paris, France.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