Kojo of Japan
K4-9855 Austin Avenue, Burnaby (inside Lougheed Mall)
Food court is a inevitable part of a shopaholic's life. Not saying that I am or anything, but once in awhile I can be :P. The good things about food court is that it's fast, convenient and cheap. The bad thing is usually the food, because it is mostly littered with fast food chain restaurants. However, once in awhile, you might stumble upon something that is actually good. In this case, it's Kojo of Japan.
Actually, I been going to this place for years, and it hasn't failed me yet. Their teriyaki chicken simply can't be beat. The teriyaki sauce is a perfect balance between the sweet and salty flavor. It's very smooth, and they usually smoother their chicken with it. On top of that, you can add more if desired (I usually do, since I love their sauce), as they have a separate container on the side. They also have chili flakes and white sesame for you to add as well. The chicken is juicy and tender. Their regular Teriyaki Chicken bowl (without veggie) is around $5, with veggie it's about $6. I remember the good old day when it was less than $5, inflation rate just keeps going up, but wages still remain the same. :(The day we went, they had a special going on, they were promoting the ginger pork for $5.75. Although I went for the teriyaki chicken, but I didn't want to end up with 2 plates of the same thing, so I ordered the ginger pork instead. It was actually quite good, there was a subtle flavor of ginger, but a strong oyster sauce taste which I like. The pork was thinly sliced and tender. I forgot to mention, for the rice, you have a choice between steam rice or fried rice, the price is the same. For the teriyaki, we got the steam rice, which was a excellent choice, because their sauce is the highlight, so you don't want to mix it with other flavors. The fried rice taste like soy sauce, with a few pieces of beans/carrot mixed in. It was good by itself, but when mixed with ginger sauce, it was too salty for my taste.
I have yet to find another food court teriyaki that triumph over the ones at Kojo of Japan. So I will definitely come back to this place when I am shopping at Lougheed mall. I guess that's the downside of it all, as far as I know, there are only 2 locations, one in Burnaby and another in North Vancouver.