Hiroshima could be called the capital of Japanese soul food, in that it is the birthplace of comfort foods such as Okonomiyaki (Hiroshima-style, at least), delicious oysters, and of course, Sake to tie it all together. If you’re a fan of drinking great Sake, and all the while eating delicious cuisine, Hiroshima is the place for you. Here are some of Hiroshima’s best dishes.
Hiroshimayaki, or Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki, is arguably the most famous dish of Hiroshima. Unlike regular Okonomiyaki, a pancake-like layering of cooked batter with cabbage and seafood with sauces on top, Hiroshimayaki includes more cabbage with yakisoba noodles underneath! Like many forms of Okonomiyaki, it is served with bonito flakes on top, and typically made in front of you on a griddle.
A visit to Hiroshima wouldn’t be complete without trying some Hiroshima Sake. It differs from regular sake because of its rich flavor, and its sake industry goes back hundreds of years. Sake-lovers from around the world flock to Hiroshima during the Autumn season to experience the annual Sake Festival, where you can enjoy drinking sake with 5,000 other people at a massive Izakaya (Japanese Pub). Pair the sake with fresh seafood for an even better experience.
Momiji Manju is a relatively recent treat in Japanese history, but is still over a century old. A cake in the shape of a Japanese maple leaf, filled with red bean paste, the Momiji manju is Hiroshima’s most popular Omiage desert. There are also versions with custard, chocolate and tea-flavored filling, which will satisfy anyone. Perfect for that little sweet tooth in the evening. Or at night. Or anytime, really!
Want a little more spice in your life? Try some Hiroshima Tsukemen! Tsukemen, unlike regular Ramen, as the noodles and broth separated. The broth in particular is thicker than usual, and you eat it by dipping the noodles into the broth and eating it regularly. You can adjust the broth however you want by adding condiments to it, such as spicy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic or ginger, and also add some boiled eggs and pork to your bowl for a warming, filling meal.