Hiroshima’s Soul Food – Okonomiyaki and Oysters
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Hiroshima’s Soul Food
Regarded as Hiroshima’s Soul Food, Okonomiyaki and oysters is a “Must” try experience when in Hiroshima. With an absolute craze for trying local food, my first dinner in the City was to visit an Okonomiyaki restaurant to try one of its mouth-watering okonomiyaki and fresh oysters which Hiroshima is famous for.
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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.
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. 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.
Travel tips and Useful information on Hiroshima
Hiroshima Station Building ASSE,
Minami, Hiroshima 732-0822
Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan
Opening hours: 11:00 – 23:00
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January 2020, Update
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