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Taiwan Maze Soba

Taiwan Maze Soba

This is a famous dish invented in Nagoya by the "Menya Hanabi" ramen shop owner. Since Taiwan ramen is a famous dish of Nagoya, this is the dry version of it. You have the spicy sauce at the bottom of the bowl then noodles and then all the Taiwan ramen toppings: minced meat, raw egg, green onions and garlic. The noodle is sweet and spicy, not too spicy that will numb your mouth.

The way to eat it is to mix everything together. After you finish your noodles you can ask the waiter/watiress to add rice in your bowl to mix the remaining sauce left to eat. I don't know if this is a traditional at this store or is it at every restaurant that serves Taiwan Maze soba so just check before doing so or you'll be charged for the rice!

Menya Hanabi near Sakae.

Menya Hanabi near Sakae.


Tables and decor.

Tables and decor.


The famous Taiwan maze soba.

The famous Taiwan maze soba.


Taiwan maze soba all mixed up!

Taiwan maze soba all mixed up!


After you finished the noodles, ask the waiter for rice.

After you finished the noodles, ask the waiter for rice.


Rice all mixed up with the left over goodness of the sauce!

Rice all mixed up with the left over goodness of the sauce!

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Akashi yaki

Akashi yaki

Akashi yaki may look like takoyaki but it consists of more egg than batter. This is probably why most people who lives in Akashi city calls it "tamagoyaki" rather than Akashi yaki. However this is not to be confused with the square egg omletet in Japanese culture. Here, they are made into sphere shapes with a piece of octopus inside. There is always a set number of these Akashi yakis in one plate. Unlike normal ttakoyaki where it is topped with mayonnaise, bonito flake, nori and worceshter sauce, they are served just as it is with a side of broth. You are suppose to take one of the Akashi yaki and put it in to the broth before eating it. The texture is soft and soggy while the flavour is salty because of the broth. A fun fact to know is that the Akashi yaki is where the modern day takoyaki came from.

Akashi yaki with a bowl of the dashi stock.

Akashi yaki with a bowl of the dashi stock.

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Sauce Katsu Don (Fukui style) and Oroshi Soba

Sauce Katsu Don (Fukui style) and Oroshi Soba

This dish is pretty well known all over Japan and 3 of its prefectures: Gunma, Nagano and Fukui all has their own signature way of making this great dish. In this blog post I'll be talking about specifically the Fukui style sauce Katsu don. So what is sauce katsu don? Well, to know about that you first have to know what a katsu don is. A katsu don is basically deep fried pork cutlet over rice. Usually they like to use a thick cut of pork sirloin to make the cutlet and then batter it and covering it with panko bread crumbs before deep frying it. Now sauce katsu don is basically the same thing but the deep fried pork cutlet itself is dipped in a sweet sauce (the sauce varies depending on the region you're eating it). In the Fukui style sauce katsudon, they have 3 slices of katsu (2 pieces of pork thigh meat cutlet and 1 piece of pork sirloin cutlet). Since the pork cutlets are thinly sliced, the meat stays juicy and tender but also maintain the crispiness from the deep-frying.

Oroshi soba is another really famous dish in Fukui. It is basically cold soba noodles with grated radish and katsuo as toppings. Unlike the normal type of soba where you have a sauce dish and you're suppose to take some noodles and dip it in, here you pour the sauce right in to the soba noodle dish itself and eat it. At the end you can pour the remaining juice in the soba plate to the sobayu (the water they boiled the soba in) and drink it.

  • Important: Some restaurants might have sobayu provided and some not.

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Chicken Nanban

Chicken Nanban

Chicken Nanban is a dish where you can find mostly all over Japan. However this dish was first originated from Miyazaki prefecture in Kyushu. Miyazaki prefecture is known for their poultry so their chicken is especially tender and juicy. They dip a piece of chicken breast in flour and egg and then deep-fried till golden brown. When it's ready they will cut it in to 6-7 slices and put the signature sauce on it. They put two types of sauce on the plate, the first one is a sweet and sour sauce which is drizzled on to the chicken, while the second one is a tartare like sauce which is put on the side of the dish. Since this is a side dish, it will mostly come in teishoku (set meal) style which means with a bowl of rice, pickled vegetables and miso soup.

I had Chicken Nanban at a family restaurant in Nobeoka city, Miyazaki prefecture

I had Chicken Nanban at a family restaurant in Nobeoka city, Miyazaki prefecture

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Yaki Ramen

Yaki Ramen

Yaki Ramen is a specialty dish where you can only eat at the yatai stands in Hakata city of Fukuoka prefecture. The majority of the yatai stands you will find nearby the river of Nakasu. This dish is basically ramen stir-fried and then transferred to an iron plat. They then top it with chashu pork and scallions and finishing off with a drizzle of the famous Hakata tonkotsu soup. I'd strongly suggest you to try this dish because I know some like soup noodles while others like it stir-fried. I basically like the stir-fried version more because the tonkotsu aroma is a lot less intense than the regular Hakata tonkotsu ramen. If you like ramen or noodles then this specialty dish is a must try!

Yaki Ramen I had at one of the Yatai stands in Hakata

Yaki Ramen I had at one of the Yatai stands in Hakata

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