10 Recommended Classic Gourmet Foods in Hiroshima
I want to enjoy delicious gourmet food that can only be eaten in Hiroshima until my stomach bursts! Here are 10 recommended classic Hiroshima gourmet dishes for you. In addition to typical okonomiyaki and oyster dishes, you may find hidden gourmet foods that you have never heard of before! ?
Okonomiyaki is one of Hiroshima's classic gourmet dishes. Hiroshima's okonomiyaki is characterized by steaming the ingredients by covering it with dough. The ingredients and toppings differ depending on the region and shop, so it's a great place to compare.
2. Oyster dishes
Hiroshima boasts the largest production volume of oysters in Japan! The six rivers that flow into Hiroshima Bay bring nutrients from the Chugoku Mountains to Hiroshima Bay. The fish and shellfish harvested in Hiroshima Bay are characterized by their high nutritional value and rich flavor. Raw oysters, grilled oysters, steamed oysters, fried oysters, hot pot (oyster pot), oyster rice, etc. Hiroshima oysters are absolutely delicious no matter how you cook them.
3. Soupless Dandan noodles
It may come as a surprise, but soupless tantanmen is said to have originated in Hiroshima. In 2001, it seems that it was an arrangement dish of a restaurant called "Kisaku" in Naka Ward, Hiroshima City. Around 2010, there was another boom, and it spread nationwide. It is characterized by its numbing spiciness, and the balance between the spiciness of the red pepper and the numbness of the sansho and Sichuan peppers is addictive. Throw in some rice at the end of the meal and enjoy Hiroshima's local gourmet to the very end.
4. Hiroshima Tsukemen
Hiroshima tsukemen (Hiroshima-style tsukemen) is said to have originated in Shinkaen in Hiroshima City. Hiroshima tsukemen is characterized by the combination of chilled Chinese noodles with char siu pork, boiled vegetables, and a boiled egg. The dipping sauce is a soy sauce base with chili peppers and chili oil added to make it dry. If you like spicy food, try spicy!
5. Hiroshima Ramen
Hiroshima Ramen is a soy sauce tonkotsu flavored Chinese soba noodle that is popular mainly in Hiroshima City. It is said that soy sauce tonkotsu is popular in western Hiroshima Prefecture, and soy sauce soup is popular in eastern Hiroshima Prefecture. Ramen culture developed from food stalls after the war, and it is a local ramen with many famous shops. How about Hiroshima ramen, which is a little different from Onomichi ramen and Fukuyama ramen?
6. Small sardines
Small sardines known nationwide as anchovies. It is one of Hiroshima's soul foods, as the locals say, "If you wash it seven times, it tastes like sea bream." When we think of anchovies, we think of dried fish such as dried sardines, but small sardines are mostly eaten raw. Only in Hiroshima can you eat raw small sardines in sashimi, nigiri, pressed sushi, tempura, and more!
7. Unicresson (Unihoren)
Unicress, a local Hiroshima dish known to those in the know. A simple dish of sea urchin and watercress stir-fried with butter soy sauce. It is said that it originated from a teppanyaki restaurant called “Naka-chan” in Naka Ward, Hiroshima City. If you dip the baguette in the remaining sauce at the end, you can fully enjoy the umami of the sea urchin and watercress. If you use spinach instead of watercress, it's Unihoren.
8. Conger eel rice
The conger eel, which is densely spread over the rice, is spectacular. Miyajima is the birthplace of Anago-meshi, which was born as an ekiben in the Meiji era. The conger eel, which has been grilled repeatedly with a sweet and salty secret sauce, is truly exquisite. With its soft conger eel meat and fragrant aroma, it's a donburi that you'll be able to savor until the very last bite.
9. Fried Momiji
Deep-fried maple leaves developed by Koyo-do in Miyajima. This is a new specialty of Hiroshima created by Momijido, which has been making maple manju in Miyajima for over 100 years. Deep-fried momiji manju is crispy and you can enjoy its crispy and fluffy texture at the same time. It's served after you order, so it's always hot. There are many variations of flavors such as red bean paste, cream, and cheese.
10. Kure Marine Self Defense Force Curry
Friday is curry day! It seems that the Maritime Self-Defense Force's lunch on Fridays is curry so that the sailors on board the vessels attached to the Kure base will not forget the day of the week at sea. Kure Maritime Self-Defense Force Curry faithfully reproduces the curry served at the Maritime Self-Defense Force's Kure Base. You can enjoy delicious curry even if you don't join the Maritime Self-Defense Force.