Hiroshima okonomiyaki, Hiroshima ramen! 10 Recommended Classic Gourmet Foods in Hiroshima

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I want to enjoy delicious gourmet food that can only be eaten in Hiroshima until my stomach bursts! Here are 10 recommended Hiroshima classic gourmet dishes for you. In addition to the typical okonomiyaki and oyster dishes, you might even find some hidden gourmet food that you've never heard of befo...

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1. Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki is one of Hiroshima's most classic gourmet dishes. Hiroshima's okonomiyaki is characterized by steaming the ingredients by covering the dish with dough. The ingredients and toppings vary depending on the region and store, so it's perfect for comparing flavors.

2. Oyster dishes

Hiroshima boasts the highest production of oysters in Japan! Six rivers that flow into Hiroshima Bay carry nutrients from the Chugoku Mountains to Hiroshima Bay. The fish and shellfish harvested from Hiroshima Bay are characterized by their high nutritional value and rich flavor. Hiroshima's oysters are a must-try, as they are always delicious no matter how you cook them, such as raw oysters, grilled oysters, steamed oysters, fried oysters, Dote nabe (oyster pot), and oyster rice.

3. Dandan noodles without soup

It may come as a surprise, but Hiroshima is said to be the origin of soupless tantanmen. In 2001, it was an arrangement of a restaurant called "Kisaku" in Naka Ward, Hiroshima City. Around 2010, there was a boom again, and it became popular nationwide. Its characteristic feature is its ``numbing spiciness'', and the balance of spiciness from the chili pepper and the numbing taste from the Japanese pepper and Japanese pepper makes it addictive. Add some rice to finish the meal and enjoy Hiroshima's local gourmet food to the fullest.

4. Hiroshima Tsukemen

Hiroshima Tsukemen (Hiroshima-style Tsukemen) is said to have originated at Shinkaen in Hiroshima City. Hiroshima Tsukemen is characterized by combining cold Chinese noodles with ingredients such as chashu pork, boiled vegetables, and boiled eggs. The dipping sauce is made by adding chili peppers and chili oil to the soy sauce base to give it a spicy flavor. If you love spicy food, try the super spicy!

5. Hiroshima Ramen

Hiroshima ramen is a soy sauce tonkotsu-flavored Chinese noodles that is popular mainly in Hiroshima city. It is said that soy sauce tonkotsu is the mainstream in western Hiroshima prefecture, and soy sauce soup is the mainstream in eastern Hiroshima. Ramen culture developed from food stalls after the war, and there are many famous local ramen shops. How about trying Hiroshima ramen, which is a little different from Onomichi ramen or Fukuyama ramen?

6. Small sardines

Small sardines are known nationwide as anchovies. It is one of the soul foods of the people of Hiroshima Prefecture, and the locals say, ``If you wash it seven times, it tastes like sea bream.'' When you think of anchovies, you think of dried foods such as dried sardines, but small sardines are usually eaten raw. Only in Hiroshima can you eat fresh small sardines raw in sashimi, nigiri, pressed sushi, tempura, and more!

7. Sea urchin watercress (sea urchin watercress)

Sea urchin watercress is a local dish of Hiroshima known only to those in the know. A simple dish of sea urchin and watercress stir-fried with butter and soy sauce. It is said to have originated at a teppanyaki restaurant called "Naka-chan" in Naka Ward, Hiroshima City. By dipping the baguette with the remaining sauce, you can fully enjoy the flavor of the sea urchin and watercress. If you use spinach instead of watercress, you can make sea urchin horen.

8. Conger eel rice

The conger eel spread tightly on top of the rice is a spectacular sight. Miyajima is the birthplace of conger eel rice, which was created as an ekiben during the Meiji period. The conger eel is grilled repeatedly with a sweet and spicy secret sauce and is truly exquisite. The soft texture of the conger eel and the fragrant aroma make this a rice bowl dish that you can enjoy until the last bite.

9. Fried maple leaves

Fried Momiji developed by Momijido in Miyajima. This is Hiroshima's new specialty created by Momijido, which has been making Miji Manju in Miyajima for over 100 years. Fried Momiji Manju is crispy fried in oil, allowing you to enjoy both the crispy and fluffy textures at the same time. It's served after ordering, so it's always piping hot. There is a wide variety of flavors available, including red bean paste, cream, and cheese.

10. Kure Maritime Self-Defense Force Curry

Friday is curry day! It seems that the Maritime Self-Defense Force has curry for lunch on Fridays so that the members of the ships belonging to the Kure base do not forget the days of the week while at sea. Kure Maritime Self-Defense Force curry is a faithful reproduction of the curry served at the Kure base of the Maritime Self-Defense Force. You can enjoy delicious curry even without joining the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.

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Hiroshima Prefecture is not just about the world heritage sites of Miyajima and the Atomic Bomb Dome. Hiroshima is full of delicious food! Okonomiyaki, which is synonymous with Hiroshima, fresh seafood such as oysters, octopus, sea bream, and conger eel, Onomichi ramen, which is now nationwide, Hiroshima beef, which is highly regarded for its high meat quality, handmade soba, lemons and oranges, which are the largest producers in Japan.・Abundant food resources such as grapes are unique to Hiroshima. Many events unique to the region are also held, such as the sea festival, kagura, and Mibu flower rice planting. Cycling, trekking, skiing and snowboarding on the Shimanami Kaido will keep you active. Miyajima, which is registered as a World Heritage Site, and the Atomic Bomb Dome are not the only attractions, and there are many ways to enjoy it.

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