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Hiyajiru

Hiyajiru

I have been to Miyazaki prefecture before but the last time around I didn't really eat lot. In order to make up for it I tried to eat more this trip to share some new local specialty dishes I've found. In this blog post I will be talking about a dish called the "hiyajiru", which basically means cold soup if you transliterated it directly from Japanese to English. The dish is separated into a bowl of cold soup and a bowl of hot steaming white rice. The cold soup is made from white sesame paste, miso paste, tofu and green onions. It was my first time ever trying the dish and didn't know what to expect but the waitress there was really helpful and she taught me how to eat it. The way you're suppose to eat is to pour some of the cold soup over the rice and eat it. The taste is a little bit sweet and salty with a very deep sesame flavour to it. If you're not allergic to sesame then I would recommednd trying this dish because those who like it will love it! There are many restaurants around Miyazaki city which serves this dish and the procedure of making the soup and the ingredients might also be different. Since I only had 2 days in Miyazaki prefecture and the first day I've spent in in Nobeoka city I could only try the "hiyajiru" at one shop. If you have the time I do recommend maybe trying a few more to see which shops' "hiyajiru" suits your tastebuds more!

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Posted by Ohana_Matsumae 20:05 Archived in Japan Tagged sunsets_and_sunrises mountains osaka umeda food fish history cow mountain airport green drink rice cuisine festival onions okinawa couple miyajima kamakura nagasaki hakuba yakiniku hokkaido soup cold crab dessert tuna fukuoka otaru onsen anime udon mythology curry fresh kyushu matsuri kanazawa myth oysters genghis matsushima fukushima worcester okonomiyaki niseko matsuyama hakodate chugoku kansai miyazaki nipponbashi tsuzumimon shinsaibashi hirosaki aomori genghis_khan snow_festival yukimatsuri ebi curry_ramen yakisoba yamaguchi shimonoseki delicacy nightview chikuwa broth motsu yaki hokuriku kanto chubu wakkanai ehime yakibuta_tamago_meshi hiyajiru nobeoka takachiho amaterasu Comments (0)

Tokushima Ramen

Tokushima Ramen

I have come back to bring you guys another blog post about ramen. Today I will be talking about a special type of ramen called the "Tokushima ramen". As some of you might have already known, Tokushima is one of the 4 prefectures located in Shikoku island and is the one closest to the Kansai region. So what is so different about this ramen? Well, the broth is made with tonkotsu and shoyu and then you have your chinese-style noodles. The soup is thicker than usual ramen broth and the flavor is salty with a strong pork taste. As for the toppings, you might be expecting very Japanese-ish ones like Cha-shu pork, bamboo-shoots and so on but you won't be finding things like that on this ramen. The toppings are usually green onions, sukiyaki beef and a raw egg. Many local people like to order rice along with this bowl or ramen because to them the ramen is like a side dish. Some locals like to eat it like sukiyaki style where they will beat the yolk in a separate bowl and dip the sukiyaki meat in it and have it with some rice. There are others who like to just break the yolk within the bowl of noodles and dip it from there and slurp it along with the ramen. After finishing the ramen, some locals like to dump rice into the soup and devour everything up until the last drop. No matter which way you pick on how to eat your bowl of Tokushima ramen, it will still taste good. If you are a ramen fan and love to try local ramen then this is for you to try. Even if you are not that interested in eating ramen I still highly recommend this dish because it is really different from all the ramens you might have tried in your life!

Amazing Tokushima ramen and rice (egg on the side instead of in the ramen)

Amazing Tokushima ramen and rice (egg on the side instead of in the ramen)

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Toruko Rice

Toruko Rice

Toruko rice is a famous dish in Nagasaki. The dish consists of Tonkatsu (deep fried pork cutlet), curry pilaf and spaghetti. The word Toruko means Turkey in Japan and rice means rice so it basically means Turkish rice. I am sure by now that all of you will find it weird because most people in Turkey believe in the Islam faith and they do not eat pork. Well, the story behind this dish is that the Japanese people think of Pilaf as a Turkish food and it resembles rice so it became to be known as Turkish rice. But why spaghetti and tonkatsu? If you look back at how Turkish kebabs are served, it is often served with meat (kebabs), rice and side dishes (like salad). The Japanese people in Nagasaki created their own version by putting the Japanese favourite tonkatsu on the rice with a side of spaghetti (because it is Western and they've been using it as a side dish for many other Japanese style Western food). Nowadays most restaurants uses white rice instead of pilaf but it is not rare to find a place that still uses pilaf.

Though it seems that the origin of Toruko rice came from Nagasaki, this dish can also be found in some regions of Osaka and Hyogo prefectures. If you ever want to try something out of the ordinary then I recommend trying this great dish. The combination of the rice and spaghetti with the special sauce they made for the tonkatsu is a match made in heaven.

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Toruko Rice from a convenience store

Toruko Rice from a convenience store

Posted by Ohana_Matsumae 22:46 Archived in Japan Tagged food hiking ski snowboard hot nagasaki seafood bears hokkaido otaru sapporo sushi gourmet uwajima pudding genghis ramen spicy niseko hakodate castella toruko_rice soup_curry genghis_khan kaisen_don seafood_don jigoku_ramen furano asahikawa hotate snow_festival yukimatsuri sapporo_tv_tower wakkanai obihiro muroran tokachi nemuro kitami ehime imabari jakoten jako-katsu Comments (0)

Champon

Champon

Champon is another Nagasaki delicacy. Unlike Sara-udon, this dish is a soup noodle dish. The broth itself is made with chicken and pig bones and topped with seafood and vegetables. The noodles used is the thick type designed for using in Champon.

Champon at a restaurant in the Chinatown in Nagasaki.

Champon at a restaurant in the Chinatown in Nagasaki.

Posted by Ohana_Matsumae 01:04 Archived in Japan Tagged japan chicken nagasaki cabbage seafood pig vegetables atomic bomb poulet sushi pork kyushu noodles ramen lard veggies castella champon Comments (0)

Sara-udon

Sara-udon

In Nagasaki prefecture there is a mysterious dish called Sara-udon. Though this dish seems to be everywhere you go in Nagasaki, the easiest place to find it will be the Chinatown in Nagasaki city. This dish consists of noodles covered in a clear-whitish ankake sauce with seafood, veggies, pork and kamaboko. If you think of it, it kind of resembles another dish in Chinese cuisine called the Cantonese-style Chow Mein. The only difference between this dish and the Cantonese-style Chow Mein is that you can choose your noodles. There are two types of noodles you could choose from, number one is a thick type noodle (champon noodles) while the other one is a thin and crunchy type noodle. Though the default is the thin and crunchy type, some local Nagasaki people like the thick type noodles more. The correct way to devour this delicacy is to pour worcester sauce over it first then eat it. A lot of tourists over look this dish because they think of Japan as only famous for sushi (sashimi), ramen and kobe beef. However this is not true. There is more to Japanese cuisine than just sushi, sashimi, ramen and kobe beef and this dish here is one full of taste and history. If you drop by Nagasaki, this dish is a must try.

Sara-udon I had in one of the restaurant in Nagasaki's Chinatown.

Sara-udon I had in one of the restaurant in Nagasaki's Chinatown.

Posted by Ohana_Matsumae 05:32 Archived in Japan Tagged fish fishing mountain white port nagasaki cabbage seafood kobe beef tram vegetables atomic bomb shrimp sushi pork prawns fat kyushu noodles ramen sashimi thick worcester sauce veggies dejima inasa thin castella crunchy nightview beansprouts ankake kamaboko Comments (0)

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