Napolitan, Ramen, Yakisoba! Be extravagant in your choice of Local Noodles that have nurtured the hometown for a long time
As the proverb goes, "An empty stomach cannot wage war.", It's no exaggeration to say that the soul food loved that by locals has been supporting the economy of its land. This time, we're embarking on a journey to visit only “Noodle” shops that have been cherished for years in each region, where we can savor the taste of the long-loved local flavors.
Let’s start from Omiya Station. We take the Shinkansen to Ueda Station in Nagano, then transfer to another Shinkansen at Takasaki Station, and finally take a local train from Tsubame-Sanjo Station to Kitasanjo Station. We then return to Omiya Station and head to Koriyama Station on the Tohoku Shinkansen and take a highway bus from there to Aizu-Wakamatsu Station. As of October, the section between Iwaki and Koriyama/Aizu-Wakamatsu is closed, so we recommend traveling by car rather than by train.
“Napolitan” in Saitama City Beloved by railway and factory workers. Soul food of the railway city, Omiya.
“Omiya Neapolitan” is a local specialty dish that revived spaghetti Neapolitan, a dish that has supported the people working in the railway city of Omiya. "By definition, the "Omiya Napolitan" must be served in in a store located in the former Omiya city area and use at least one ingredient produced in Saitama prefecture. This local specialty was born with the aim of becoming a new orange-colored icon, inspired by the vermilion color of the torii gate at Hikawa Shrine and the color of Omiya Ardija and Omiya Ward. Currently, you can enjoy "Omiya Napolitan" at 48 restaurants around Omiya Station (as of October 2022), each with its own unique and original version of the dish. In this article, we would like to introduce "Ore no Yoshoku Bon Appetit Omiya Branch" (pictured) located right by Omiya Station. Let's try out the distinctive original Neapolitan dishes that each restaurant has to offer. For more details on "Omiya Napolitan" please check out the Omiya Napoletan Association.
A new local noodle for taste a whole sweetfish, a specialty of the Chikuma River! “Ayu Ramen” in Ueda City
Speaking of local noodles in Ueda city, the “Ankake Yakisoba” topped with plenty of vegetables is a popular dish. That being said “Ayu Ramen” made with river fish is also a must-try gourmet dish. Introducing "Koinishi Honten" (pictured), where you can enjoy Ayu Ramen made with a whole sweetfish ayu.
“Curry Ramen” in Sanjo City A classic delivery dish for blacksmiths in metal industry city Sanjo!
Niigata Prefecture boasts a rich food culture, with five types of ramen known as "The Five Ramen of Niigata": "Nagaoka Ginger Soy Sauce" "Tsubame Lard" "Niigata Rich Miso" "Niigata Light Soy Sauce" and "Sanjo Curry Ramen." Among them, the "Sanjo Curry Ramen," produced in Sanjo City, has a history of over 70 years. It was a popular delivery dish among busy craftsmen who had no time for meals in the town's factories during the high-growth period, it has been passed down along with the city's industrial development. We introduce "Taishu-shokudo Masahiro" (pictured), a diner that has been serving "Curry Ramen" as its signature dish since the late 1960s (around Showa 41-42).
“Curry yakisoba” in Aizuwakamatsu City Cheap and voluminous specialty! Beloved as a meal, snack or finishing off noodles.
"Curry yakisoba" is a local speciality of Aizuwakamatsu City, which is stir-fried noodles with sauce curry roux on top. With its appeal of cheap and generous portions, it has been popular especially among young people since the Showa 50’s(around 1975). Nowadays about 10 shops serve “Curry Yakisoba” and each offering various ways of enjoying it, such as choosing toppings like pork cutlet or Sunny-side up egg, thick or thin noodle, or even pasta. Today we are introducing “Izakaya Juraku”(pictured) which an old izakaya with a 50-year history.
Enjoy local noodles that are rooted in the area and get to know the land!
A soul food that supported local workers in the region. Try tasting the beloved local noodles that continue to support the community and enjoy the flavor that sustains the area.
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