Taste of Coorg - Review
If you drive through the Madikeri-Virajpet Road looking for the infamous “Coorg Pork,” you will most likely miss Taste of Coorg – a small restaurant, hidden in a by-lane, hosted in CMC building with the usual Photostat store, just before the restaurant. What looks like a disarming takeaway restaurant serves probably the best pork dish in Madikeri. We tried the pork curry on the highway near the Nisargadhama reserve, and in at least two restaurants near the Bus Station. Taste of Coorg was the best.
We ordered traditional Coorg delicacies - Kadubu, Neer Dosa, and Chili Pork. Kadubu, a bland steamed ball (made from rice flour kneaded with hot water, salt, and oil) would have been ideal with a gravy dish but didn’t mix well with the Chili Pork that we ordered. The addition of vinegar, soy sauce, chili sauce, tomato sauce, capsicum, garlic and spring onion greens along with a hint of sugar gave the Chili Pork a sweet and sour flavor. The pork, served with pickled carrot and beetroots, tasted fresh.
Neer Dosa (water dosa in Tulu) is a variation of the standard Dosa made without black lentil, giving it a thin crepe-like texture, with netted appearance. We wrapped the Neer Dosa over the Chili Pork along with pickled vegetables as stuffing. The wrapping compensated for the lack of gravy.
We wanted to taste an authentic Coorgi Pork dish and Taste of Coorg did not disappoint us.