1. Horumon tempura
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Horumon (offal from beef or pork) is a very popular food in Hiroshima and is eaten as tempura or added as a soup ingredient. Horumon tempura is the most recommended dish, since it goes very well with beer. The combination of offal tempura and cold beer is so good you need to be careful not to eat too much.
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Oysters grown in Hiroshima are very big, thick, and tasty. Hiroshima is the number one place in terms of the amount of oyster cultivation in Japan. Kaki no Dotenabe is oysters in a pot with miso spread on the edge is a local Hiroshima dish and Hiroshima residents often cook fried oysters and oysters on rice in winter. Also, there are some oyster shops that serve grilled oysters and fresh oysters with vinaigrette on Miyajima Island.
3. Hiroshima Okonomiyaki
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Okonomiyaki is a famous soul food from Hiroshima. It is cooked with cabbage, bean sprouts, pork, eggs, and soba or udon noodles, with a thin crepe. This cooking method and the thick sweet sauce is different from Osaka style okonomiyaki, all of the ingredients are cooked together when making Osaka style.
4. Anago or Conger eel
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Anago is a common type of sea eel that can be found in the waters of Hiroshima Bay. Locals put it on rice, and its package as a bento meaning a boxed lunch to eat on the go. Anago is more popular in Hiroshima than eel since it contains less fat and is more affordable. It is almost fluffy when cooked. Anago-meshi (grilled eel served over rice), is considered a local specialty. During the summer and weekends, it’s not uncommon to wait in line for an hour to sit down at one of the famous restaurants.
5. Hiroshima tsukemen
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One of Hiroshima’s original dishes is Hiroshima tsukemen, noodles and broth served in different bowls. Boiled noodles are cooled with iced water and eaten with vegetables such as shredded green onion and boiled cabbage after being dipped into a hot sauce spiced up with red pepper. This dipping sauce is a feature of Hiroshima tsukemen.
6. Taimeshi, rice cooked with shredded sea bream
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Sea bream is one of the most popular fish in Japan. Sea bream rice is rice cooked with a whole sea bream, seasoned with soy sauce, salt, sake, and seaweed broth. A porcelain pot is commonly used when making sea bream rice.
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Hiroshima restaurants are famous for offering the best and freshest octopus in Japan, due to its privileged location near the Seto inland seas. Octopus is commonly eaten as sashimi, tempura, as a rice topping, and shabu shabu.
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Sardine are one of the local foods that representative Hiroshima and locals eat as sashimi or tempura. A proverb says “If washed seven times times, sardine tastes like sea bream”, meaning rinsing it in cold water will give it better texture and taste.
9. Nikudama rice
Nikudama rice is a bowl of rice with topped with a fried egg, seasoned pork, and mayonnaise. Local people commonly put sauce from okonomiyaki on nikudama rice.
10. Momiji manju
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Momiji manju is a kind of cake shaped like a maple leave and filled with sweet red bean paste. It was created in Miyajima in the early 1900s as a local specialty to represent Momijidani, a popular maple leaf viewing spot. These days, the filling for momiji manju can be matcha, cheese, custard, or chocolate.