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Hiroshima Food Guide

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Okonomimura in downtown Hiroshima

Hiroshima offers some local delicacies that, due to their ubiquity, visitors would probably chance upon even if they are not particularly searching. Popular dining places in the city include the area around Hiroshima Station and downtown Hiroshima. The following is a list of Hiroshima's specialty foods:

Hiroshima Style Okonomiyaki

Hiroshima's most famous food is its own style of okonomiyaki. The local version of the dish is characterized by only a thin layer of batter and a generous amount of cabbage on top of yakisoba noodles. Popular toppings include oysters, squid and cheese. The dish is completed with bonito flakes, green laver and okonomiyaki sauce. Large numbers of okonomiyaki restaurants are found in Okonomimura and around Hiroshima Station. Diners are typically seated at a counter in front of the chef who prepares the meal on a large griddle.

Oysters

Hiroshima Prefecture accounts for approximately 60-70% of Japan's oyster production. Oysters produced in the region are both consumed domestically and shipped overseas. Oysters are offered at many dining establishments in Hiroshima and Miyajima such as restaurants, food stands and ryokan. They are eaten raw with soy sauce or ponzu, deep-fried, baked, grilled or served on top of rice (donburi).

Momijimanju

These are cakes baked in the shape of maple leaves with a filling of sweet red bean paste. The famous dessert was created in Miyajima in the early 1900s as a local specialty to represent Momijidani, a popular maple leaf viewing spot. They used to be handmade one by one, but have been machine-made since the advent of momijimanju machines. These days, momijimanju can be found with many different fillings such as matcha, cheese, custard and chocolate. They are sold by many confectioneries on Miyajima, as well as shops in Hiroshima.

Tsukemen

Hiroshima style Tsukemen is a dish whereby cold noodles are dipped into a sauce spiced up with red pepper before consumption. It is well known for its spiciness. Guests can select the degree of spiciness on a scale of one to five or similar. The bigger the number, the spicier the sauce. The noodles are eaten with a variety of ingredients such as sliced meat, eggs, shredded leek, cucumbers and cabbage.

information source: japan-guide.com

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