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 food – okonomiyaki 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.
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 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.
March 2021, Update