Translated by Jasmine Nishino
Enjoy Delicious Turkish Rice At Kyushu's Oldest Café, Tsuruchan
Get to know the Nagasaki specialty - Turkish rice, and try the amazing frozen edible milk shake at Kyushu's oldest café, Tsuruchan.
Written by Norihisa Hasegawa
Nagasaki prefecture, located on Kyushu island, is known to be a historical place with heavy European and Chinese influences. This even shows in the unique dishes, such as the chanpon noodles (*1) and the castella cakes (*2).
This time we would like to introduce another local dish of Nagasaki, called Turkish Rice, which is served at the oldest café in Kyushu, "Tsuruchan".
*1 Chanpon: a noodle dish originating in Nagasaki; traditionally features noodles in a pork bone broth topped with sautéed pork, shrimp, clams, squid, fish cakes, cabbage, bean sprouts and other ingredients.
*2 Castella: a traditional Western-style sponge cake, now a specialty of Nagasaki.
The Oldest Café in Kyushu - Tsuruchan
Tsuruchan opened in 1925 in Nagasaki city. Back then, café culture was not present in Kyushu, which is why Tsuruchan is the oldest known café in Kyushu.
The café is three floors high and the most unique of the three would be the third floor. There are rows of old-fashioned clocks here that remind you of the city's history.
Trade between Nagasaki and the West was frequent and influences from other cultures came here before anywhere else in Japan. These record players were part of the culture that came from abroad as well. For those who would like to get a feel of historic Japan, make sure to stop by the third floor.
Recommendations from the Menu
Tsuruchan has a vast selection from savory meals to dessert dishes on their menu. Here, we will introduce two dishes that you should definitely try if you are in Nagasaki.
1. The Popular Turkish Rice
The most recommended and must-try dish here would have be the Turkish rice (1180 yen). Turkish rice comes with salad, spaghetti, rice topped with pork cutlet with curry on top, all on one dish!
The reason behind its popularity is the volume and rich variety of the typically separate main dishes found on this plate. Another reason would be the lightly flavored salad and Napolitan ketchup pasta that make it rather easy to eat.
The store's original sweet curry sauce makes a great match with the crispy crust of the pork cutlet.
At Tsuruchan, you can try the authentic Turkish rice along with a seafood Turkish rice or even ones topped with steak and breaded shrimp.
2. A Nagasaki-style Edible Milkshake
After savoring the Turkish rice, do try the milkshake (680 yen) that originated in this very store. When people think of milkshakes, they think of the drink, but the Nagasaki-Style Milkshake is a sorbet that you can actually eat.
If you plan to have it for dessert after your meal, you can share one among a few people, but there's also the half size (350 yen) like the one in the photo.
The distinct texture of ice and the sweetness of the condensed milk is a perfect match! The founder of Tsuruchan created this to help people cool down after climbing the hills of Nagasaki city on a hot summer day. Many tourists visit Tsuruchan not only for the Turkish rice, but for this milkshake as well.
For those craving some rice, spaghetti and pork cutlet all at once, this would be a perfect dish to try so you can have a little bit of everything during your stay in Japan!
For those visiting the World Heritage Site, Hashima Island, and other spots in Nagasaki, why not stop by the oldest café in Kyushu to try some Turkish Rice or a Nagasaki-style milkshake?
Address: Nagasaki, Nagasaki City, Aburayamachi 2-47
Credit cards: -
Languages: Japanese and Korean
Menu in Other Languages: -
Nearest Station: Shianbashi Dentei (思案橋電停) on the Nagasaki Street Car
Access: 2-minute walk from the Shianbashi Dentei.
Prices: Turkish rice 1180 yen, Milk shake 680 yen
Phone number: 095-824-2679