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Interesting Flavours

Every country has its signature flavours. Japan has several flavours that are uniquely Japanese. However, these are not what you would typically expect from Japanese food.

First is Shichimi Potato Chips. Shichimi means seven flavours, and that’s what it is. There’s a spice called shichimi that’s spicy, primarily from the paprika. It’s a popular spice you can find in many restaurants.

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Second picture is another potato chip flavour. This is yuzu koshou, or yuzu and black pepper. Yuzu is a citrus fruit with a bitter flavour. Yuzu koshou is a popular condiment in Japan.

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And this is the same flavour, yuzu koshou, but on a kind of rice snack.

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Here is another flavour, shio wasabi. That’s salt and wasabi. Wasabi is a popular condiment for sushi and sashimi, of course.

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This is probably the strangest flavour of all, strawberry shortcake. Potato chips that are sweet. Odd combination. I didn’t really like these, to be honest.

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And finally, a couple very Japanese flavours combined into one: matcha azuki. Matcha is green tea, while azuki is sweet beans.

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And then for some noodles, I had these tonight. They’re soba noodles. Usually, the popular flavours are soy sauce, miso, or salt. However, this was duck flavoured. It wasn’t bad.

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Any unusual flavours in your part of the world? Share them with us.

Hidakaya – Chuuka Soba

I love ramen.  However, I didn’t have ramen.  I went to Hidakaya, a really cheap ramen restaurant that seems to have removed my favourite ramen from their menu.  However, I decided to have something similar, Chuuka Soba.  I usually had Chuuka Chashumen, which is basically soy sauce based ramen with pork slices.  Chuuka Soba is basically the same thing, except fewer pork slices and an added sheet of nori seaweed. Well, it tasted about the same, except for the lack of pork.  It also included some leek and bamboo shoots.  I like it, though it’s not a strong flavour.

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Chuuka Soba.

I ordered the gyoza set, so it came with 6 pieces of gyoza.  The gyoza is your usual gyoza.  Not exceptional, but still decent.  You have to make your own sauce with the provided soy sauce, vinegar and chili oil.

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Gyoza.

Overall, it only cost me 580 yen.  Pretty cheap!  It’s always nice to find a cheap place to eat that serves good food.  It’s also very popular.

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Hidakaya. The sign on the left says “Chuuka soba. 390 yen”