Aichi is one of the major cities that represents Japan. If you’re planning on visiting, here are the three gourmet spots locals recommend, plus a pointer or two on what makes them so special.
1. Aichi’s super popular, super spicy ramen
First, we’ll take you to “Misen,” famous for its Taiwan ramen, a local, super spicy version of the classic dish known for its unique soup base (to say the least) loaded with chili peppers and garlic and a popular favorite among the denizens of Aichi. Not only is the broth spicy, but it boasts a complex flavor profile which is only enhanced by noodles, minced pork, chives, and bean sprouts, making for a truly divine bowl of noodles. Misen is known as the restaurant where this famous creation came into being, and the shop itself is so famous that practically no one in the Aichi region doesn’t know about it. The inside is always packed with people having a good time. If you’re not so much a fan of spicy things, however, they also have a mild version called the “American.” But if you think you’re up to the challenge, we definitely suggest you give Taiwan ramen a try.
2. The famous local specialty, Ankake Spaghetti
Next, we’ll take you to a place called “Yokoi,” where you can try a local favorite called ankake spaghetti in the restaurant where it was born. This local delicacy’s appeal lies in its plump, juicy noodles and thick, peppery sauce. With a delicious flavor that will leave you scarfing down one bite after the next, it’s also a hit with young men for its generous portion sizes. There are many different variations on the dish, but the most popular one here features mirakan sausages, ham, bacon, onion, green peppers, and mushrooms atop a bed of ankake spaghetti. This is a dish locals have loved and cherished for many years, so you should have it at least once.
3. Everyone loves the kishimen noodle shop at the station!
Last but not least, we’ll visit the unique gourmet spot that calls Nagoya station its home, a standing-only kishimen joint called “Meidai Kishimen Sumiyoshi.” Kishimen is known as a staple of Nagoya cuisine all across Japan, and the Sumiyoshi restaurant located right in the heart of the Nagoya station is particularly famous as a gourmet hot-spot for its piping hot noodles. The real appeal of Sumiyoshi’s kishimen noodles lies in the balance between its light soup stock flavored with bonito dashi and its soft, springy kishimen noodles. The secret of its popularity might be related to its location in the heart of the station— after all, nothing puts a spring in your step during a lengthy layover quite like a delicious bowl of kishimen!
Any time you take a peek into this popular restaurant, you’ll always be greeted with a gaggle of locals, tourists, and even businessmen standing shoulder-to-shoulder and slurping away at their noodles. There are plenty of different varieties to choose from as well, like seaweed kishimen, egg kishimen, miso kishimen, and more, so you’re sure to find something that strikes your fancy whenever you drop by. That’s another key to its popularity!
So there you have it: three hidden gems of delicious dining, brought to you by the locals of Aichi themselves. We hope you find one you enjoy!
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