Japanese Cuisine in Fukushima
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What to Eat in Fukushima
- Fukushima is known for its nature. The landscape full of mountains and ravines provide not only beautiful scenery throughout all four seasons, but also enriches the food. From savory ramen to unique uses for green onions, you’ll find Fukushima’s local cuisine satisfying and memorable. One reason Fukushima’s delicacies are regarded for their uniqueness is the diverse history they originated from. Until the 19th century, Fukushima’s three major regions, Hamadori, Nakadori, and Aizu were governed by separate clans. Today the cultures mesh together to create a taste you can’t get outside the prefecture. Let’s dig into what exactly Fukushima has to offer. Ramen When in Kitakata you must get a bowl of the hot stuff. Designated as the “ramen town”, ramen here is known for the noodles. The thickness was engineered into the noodles for preservation when they used to be transported over long distances in the past. The softness is due to the higher percentage of water added to the flour than the average ramen noodle. Known as one of the top three most famous types of ramen, Kitakata’s soy-flavored ramen is even consumed for breakfast by the locals.The city loves and honors ramen. This love is on display at their own ramen shrine. Out of the countless ramen shops, one of the top ones is Kuru Kuru Ramen. Their miso ramen was our favorite. Sauce Katsu Don Sauce Katsu Don We dropped by Yoshinoya Izakaya near Aizuwakamatsu to try out their pork cutlet offering. Usually served on a bed of cabbage and rice, this savory meat is covered in a sweet soy sauce based sauce. Their cutlet is a thinner tonkatsu, but still maintains the juiciness you’ve come to expect from a pork cutlet. We recommend getting the set, as the miso soup side is made with the same broth as their ramen. A righteous chicken broth topped with bonito flakes will have you not regretting a thing about this soup. Persimmon Softcream Persimmon Softcream The persimmons of Aizu region are known for their delicious taste and the number of fruit that grow on the trees. Usually picked in the fall, these delicious “Shibugaki” persimmons spawn from a dangerous combination of hot summers and cold fall waters. The variety of “Aizu Mishirazu-gaki” are known throughout the world. In Ouchijuku, you can indulge yourself with persimmon softcream, even in the winter. Negisoba Negisoba After a few dishes that might be available elsewhere in Japan with a different flair, you won’t find negisoba done like it is in Fukushima. Especially in Aizuwakamatsu, negisoba is a traditional dish in Fukushima that serves to comfort the locals throughout the seasons. With a long green onion serving as the chopsticks, you’ll enjoy noodles like never before. Why would you eat something with a vegetable? Because it provides a wonderful fragrance during your meal. And once you’re done you can consume the crispy onion as a nice finisher. We recommend trying a bowl at Takino. You’ll be glad you did. Nothing better than scooping noodles with a slight “J” shaped long green onion. Disc Gyoza Disc Gyoza Besides noodles, another popular dish in Fukushima is Disc Gyoza. Some of the restaurants in the area have been in the gyoza game for close to 50 years! With a focus on crispy, the gyoza are lined up on the plate in the exact order they were cooked. Full of vegetables and pork, you’ll end up fuller than expected.You’ll find the magnificent spiral of crispy goodness above at Banrai Izakaya close by Fukushima City station. These dishes are also available at Iizaka Onsen and at a few restaurants in the area. Awa Manjyu Awa Manjyu Why not end your trip with a heavenly tap from the gods of sweets that reside in Yanaizu? With a history of 170 years, this manjyu with soft skin on the outside and red bean paste on the inside will bring you floating on a cloud back in time. It’s recommended to briefly steam the manjyu if the skin gets hard, as there is mochi rice mixed in to help give the food shape. Either way, you’ll have a hard time not eating the entire package you buy. Just like its nature, Fukushima has a wide palette of foods to offer its visitors. From crispy gyoza to slurping soba noodles with a green onion, you’ll find a meal that will not only fill you, but entertain you. Jump inside Fukushima’s culture clash of food when the opportunity presents itself. ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
Where to Eat in Fukushima
- Begin a journey with food. That’s how we see it anyway. Fukushima hosts a number of meals you can’t find elsewhere. The soft, yet thick ramen noodles and peanut-based sweets are truly one-of-a-kind. Here, we aim to bring you the restaurants and spots that not only fulfilled our hunger but also quenched our thirst for cultural experience. Okuya Peanut Factory Shop Okuya Peanut Factory Shop One of the most famous shops in Kitakata, Okuya Peanut Factory Shop specializes in, you guessed it, peanut-based sweets. Once a staple of Kitakata, peanut-based foods have fallen off. But Okuya Sweets are working to bring the industry back to life. Their peanut soft serve ice cream is their most popular product known for its delightful creaminess. Mitsutaya Restaurant Mitsutaya Restaurant You know any restaurant is hot when there are lines outside. One of Aizuwakamatsu’s traditional restaurants, Mitsutaya Restaurant is full on the weekends. And rightly so considering the unique skewers they have. Established in the Edo period, this restaurant offers skewers donned with dango, mochi, konnyaku, daikon, and many more. These old-fashion snacks are covered with miso paste and cooked in equally old-fashioned coal-fired pits that give a special intimate feel to dining here. It’s almost like flying back in time to the artistic and peaceful Edo period. Make a reservation to ensure you get to experience this time capsule of a restaurant. You can also enjoy tofu, vegetables and fish if the unique skewers don’t do it for you. Kura Cafe Kura Cafe Speaking of time travel, Kura Cafe offers a journey back to the Showa Era. The owner of this Aizuwakamatsu cafe also runs Natsukashi Antiques, which displays collections of Showa Era pieces. Although heavily decorated, this never feels overwhelming. In fact, the log cabin remains absolutely cozy. Which is important when warming your muscles with their delicious curry. Inawashiro beer hall Inawashiro beer hall Across from the Noguchi Hideyo Museum, the Inawashiro Beer Hall is waiting for you to sit down with a beer and chill. With Mt. Bandai in the distance beckoning you to contemplate your journey thus far, you’ll enjoy the German-style beer hall with visitors from around the world. Just remember to get there with enough time to spare as they close earlier than most drinking establishments, most days at 18:00. Bannai Ramen Bannai Ramen Kitakata city prides itself on its dedication to ramen. Bannai Ramen, too, takes this responsibility seriously. Above you can see that their bowl of ramen is covered in chashu or pork belly. This heavy bowl is our recommendation when dropping by. Especially considering Kitakata’s unique thick and wavy noodles that seemingly melt down your throat. With staff members showing love to any and all nationalities, it’s no wonder that there are long lines on the weekends. Get here early to dig into their hunger-crushing bowls of ramen. We’ve brought you some of our favorite spots around Fukushima to delve into food culture. From thick and wavy ramen to a slow beer while watching the subtle power of a mountain, you’ll find yourself indulging in not only the food but also the atmosphere of each respective establishment. Don’t hesitate to chat to the locals and find out more about what makes these meals so special to the region. Enjoy your food journey. ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
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