Gifu Food Guide

Though Gifu doesn’t have a specific nationally-recognized food staple like many of its neighbors, it does have a rich history in traditional foods eaten by the locals, and what’s more interesting than learning about food? Many of Gifu’s foods are miso-based, so if you’re a miso-lover, you’re bound to have a good time.
Kei-chan Chicken
Kei-chan is similar to stir fry, as it is chicken fried in a pan with vegetables and onions, but differs in that it is a mainly miso-based dish. There are variations, however, and regardless of the type it will definitely go well with white rice. 
 
This dish is very interesting, in that it is wrapped in hoba leaves and served over a charcoal fire, and topped with delicious miso. Hoba Miso comes from the cold winters of Gifu, where food would freeze and become impossible to eat. Therefore, people would wrap food in dried hoba leaves and heat them up in the hearth before eating them. The dried hoba leaves are naturally fire resistant, allowing the indirect cooking of the food inside!
Ayu (Sweetfish)
 Ayu, or Sweetfish, is readily caught in many of the rivers that flow through Gifu. As Gifu is a landlocked prefecture, it is impossible to catch any fish from the ocean, so fish from the river are the only source of fish for those who have historically lived there. Particularly in Gujo Hachiman, it is possible to catch your own Ayu and have it cooked in the nearby restaurants, or even cook it yourself when camping near the two rivers nearby.
 
 

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