Translated by Jay Issei Karslake
Hiya-jiru - The Tasty Cold Miso Soup Specialty of Miyazaki Prefecture
Written by Norihisa Hasegawa
This article introduces a local specialty from Miyazaki prefecture - the hiyajiru soup, a dish made with cold miso soup, rice, fish and vegetables. The best thing about this dish is that it can be found at convenience stores at very affordable prices!
Every region in Japan has a dish that is its local specialty. Regional dishes are called kyōdoryōri. This time we will be introducing to you hiya-jiru (cold miso soup), a local dish from Miyazaki prefecture that is recommended on hot summer days. Miyazaki prefecture is said to get especially hot in the summer, even within the southern Japanese Kyushu Region.
What is hiyajiru?
Hiyajiru is a dish with cold rice, cucumbers, and other vegetables put in a chilled miso soup. Since long ago it was commonly eaten in Miyazaki's farming communities.
*1: Miso soup… A soup made with bean paste and other seasoning ingredients.
Best During the Hot Summer Days
The greatest appeal of this dish is that it's 1) easy to cook and 2) it is very nutritious. It can be eaten on hot summer days when one's appetite tends to be decreased.
It's a dish with a long history, but also widely popular nowadays. Each restaurant and household cooks and arranges it in a different it. Therefore, when visiting Miyazaki prefecture, you can try various types of hiyajiru soup.
Currently Sold at Convenience Stores in Miyazaki prefecture
If you wish to try hiya-jiru soup while in Miyazaki, find a Seven-Eleven store.
The Seven-Eleven stores in Miyazaki prefecture sell hiya-jiru soup (216 yen) and rice for this soup (270 yen). Unlike the typical hiya-jiru soup, the one sold at Seven-Eleven can be heated up in the microwave after making your purchase.
This is a product that can be found only at the Seven-Eleven stores in Miyazaki prefecture.
The cold ingredients and the soup are packed separately. You put the ingredients on top of the rice, then pour the soup on top. The crispiness of the cucumbers and the flavor of the green shiso increase one's appetite.
The cold soup with a tasty fish aroma coupled with warm rice make an exquisite combination. Enjoying hiya-jiru soup before the ocean is one thing that you should definitely do in Miyazaki.
The Hiya-jiru Soup at Kakashi
If you wish to enjoy a more traditional hiya-jiru soup, head on over to the restaurant Kakashi. It's about 10 minute away from Miyazaki station.
Kakashi is a restaurant where you can eat chicken with nanban sauce and other local dishes of Miyazaki prefecture. It is an izakaya popular both among travelers and locals.
This is the hiya-jiru soup that you can eat at Kakashi. The store is very selective about the fish and the bean paste used in the soup, as they are deciding factors when making the soup.
This is how the miso bean paste looks. It's a very delicious miso, as one can enjoy both the taste of the beans and that of the fish. We couldn't ask more, because it's a trade secret. Because it has a truly unique accent, you won't get tired of it.
What do you think about hiya-jiru soup? It is a product highly recommended on hot summer days. If you stay in a hotel within Miyazaki city, there is a chance that hiya-jiru soup will be on the breakfast menu.
It is said that if there are ten stores offering hiya-jiru soup, the ten places will each offer a different taste. Please visit Miyazaki and compare the tastes of the various hiya-jiru types.
Address: Miyazaki, Miyazaki Prefecture 880-0021, Japan
Hours: 17:30 - 23:00
Credit cards: Yes
Menu in other languages: No
Most accessible bus stop: Tachibana 3rd street of Miyazakikōtsū
Access: 5 minute walk after getting off at "Tachibana 3rd street" bus stop of Miyazakikōtsū
Price Range: hiya-jiru soup - 550 yen
Phone number: +81-30985-25-5311
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