Hiroshima’s Soul Food – Okonomiyaki and Oysters

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Hiroshima’s Soul Food – Okonomiyaki and Oysters

With an absolute craze for trying local food, my first dinner in the City of Hiroshima was to try Hiroshima’s soul foodokonomiyaki and oysters which Hiroshima is famous for. Here’s a quick guide to this famous mouth-watering dish and where you can experience an authentic okonomiyaki and oysters.

Okonomiyaki – Hiroshima’s Soul Food

Okonomiyaki is a popular Japanese savoury pancake filled with a variety of ingredients such as cabbage, noodles, thinly sliced meat (usually pork) and eggs. You can add optional ingredients such as oysters, scallops, squids, shrimps or cheese. Topped generously with okonomiyaki sauce. Toppings and batter vary according to region, such as in Kansai region. Okonomiyaki is thought to have originated in Osaka, Kansai region.

In Hiroshima, the okonomiyaki is made with layered ingredients instead of mixed – batter, cabbage, beansprouts, pork, followed by optional ingredients of seafood such as oysters, egg and a generous topping of okonomiyaki sauce.

Best place for Hiroshima’s soul food

The best place to try Okonomiyaki in Hiroshima is at any-one of the restaurants on the 2nd floor of the Hiroshima Station ASSE restaurant building.

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The best place to try Okonomiyaki in Hiroshima is at any-one of the restaurants on the 2nd floor of the Hiroshima Station ASSE restaurant building | Image: georgina_daniel

This place is popular amongst the locals just as much as it is with tourists. It is packed with small, authentic okonomiyaki restaurants where there is at least one staff who speaks English. They are very welcoming, and they have menu in English as well. So, go with your instincts, choose a restaurant that looks good, grab a seat around the teppanyaki griddle and place your order. The chef creates the okonomiyaki in front of you, on the teppanyaki griddle.

Hiroshima's soul food - okonomiyaki cooked right in front of you
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Grab a seat at the ‘table’ and watch how the mouth-watering and delightful Hiroshima’s Soul Food is prepared right in front of you.
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Hiroshima Station Building ASSE,

Minami, Hiroshima 732-0822

Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan

Opening hours: 11:00 – 23:00


Have you tried Hiroshima’s soul food? If so, do share your experience in comments below. If you are yet to, then I wish that this post is valuable to you in experiencing one of Hiroshima’s popular local dish.

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By Georgina

Georgina is a Travel Blogger, Travel Writer, history buff, wine (red) enthusiast and a lover of all cultures. She gave up the corporate race to embrace a more meaningful lifestyle to travel more, to write and to share the very best of her adventures. Georgina has lived in three continents, and now, based at a stone's throw of London, which is her home. She has a special interest to bring the best of Britain to her audiences worldwide. Becoming newer from each travel, Georgina enjoys sharing her travel stories, drawing her readers into her world of boomer adventures while immersing them in the history, culture and food of a region. Together with her own informative, in-depth writing style, practical tips and suggestions on her blog, Timeless Travel Steps, Georgina make travel dreams a reality. She is happiest waking up to the chirpy sounds of the birds or sipping wine over sand in between her toes, while watching the rolling clouds melt into darkness.

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