The local dishes of Nagoya, referred to in Japanese as “Nagoya Meshi”, have a long and interesting history within the region. Many of the Nagoya Meshi dishes date back to ancient times.
If you prefer something heavy then Hitsumabushi, grilled eel served over rice, is the best choice! This dish is famous all over Japan, and Nagoya is its capital. Another tasty dish is Miso Nikomi Udon, which is a wheat noodle dish stewed in a miso based broth. The miso popular in Nagoya is hatcho-miso, which is made from 100% fermented soy beans, instead of rice or grain. Another popular dish is Miso Katsu, Nagoya’s version of the tonkatsu. This dish is made of deep fried pork cutlet topped with the salty red hatcho-miso.
Nagoya Meshi also includes light meals such as Kishimen, a flat noodle served with a bonito fish flavoured clear soup and Nagoya Chochin Chicken. This chicken is an heirloom “local chicken” special to the region. It is rich in flavour, and has good chewing texture.
Toyota City, another venue for the Rugby World Cup 2019, is also home to many local gourmet foods.
The most popular is Gohei-mochi, a grilled rice cake on a stick coated in a sweet sauce. The sauce is made with a soy or miso base, and aromatically cooked over a flame. Usually Mochi is made with sticky rice, however Toyota’s Gohei Mochi is made from normal white rice, which keeps the texture not too soft. Topped with some spices such as walnuts, sesame and Japanese peppers, please enjoy the flavour of this mountainous area in a natural setting.
With its prosperous agriculture, Aichi Prefecture harvests many vegetables each year, such as cabbages, tomatoes and fruits including figs, grapes, peaches and pears. Toyota City is popular for producing the Atago Pear, also known as ‘giant pears’. These very large pears with their golden brown skins earn their name from their surprisingly large size. The biggest one’s weight up to 3 kg, which has earnt them a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.