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Nagoya-style cuisine

20 Must-Try Nagoya Meshi
Nagoya meshi is the distinctive regional cuisine widely found and loved across Nagoya and its surrounding area, often eaten at home and in restaurants. Here we present 20 particularly popular dishes drawn from this cuisine.
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    Ten-musu

    A type of onigiri made of small shrimp tempura on a bite-size rice ball, wrapped with seaweed.

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    Tebasaki

    These are fried chicken wings. Since each restaurant has its own unique seasoning—some spicy, some peppery, some salty—you should try a few different places to compare.

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    Kishimen

    These flat noodles, thinner than udon, make for a dish with a light, refreshing taste. Delicious either hot or chilled.

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    Hitsumabushi

    A dish of broiled eel, finely chopped, over rice. There are 3 different ways of enjoying hitsumabushi—unseasoned, with condiments applied, or with green tea ochazuke poured over.

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    Taiwan ramen

    Although going by the name "Taiwanese," this dish of ramen noodles topped with spicy minced meat flavored with garlic and pepper is a Nagoya original.

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    Ogura toast

    Buttered toast topped with sweet red bean paste. A classic dish in the cafes of Nagoya.

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    Ankake spaghetti

    Made from beef simmered with vegetables, Nagoya-style pasta is characterized by rich, spicy sauce and very thick noodles.

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    Nagoya Cochin oyakodon

    One of Japan's three major regional chicken breeds, Nagoya Cochin chicken is a top-class ingredient acclaimed for certain features such as its full-bodied taste and resilient texture.
    Why not try Nagoya Cochin oyakodon so you can enjoy creamy egg and chicken at the same time?

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    Misonikomi udon noodles

    One of Nagoya’s most renowned noodle dishes. Fresh noodles simmered in a red miso-based stock.

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    Miso katsu cutlet

    Pork cutlet combined with salty-sweet red miso sauce—this is Nagoya-style! This dish is enjoyed in many different ways, including miso katsu skewers and miso katsu on rice.

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    “Morning”

    When you order coffee or tea in Nagoya in the morning, many coffee shops will provide a soft-boiled egg or toast free of charge.

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    Miso Oden

    Oden simmered in soybean miso broth. Goes well with sake and rice.

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    Teppan-supa

    Tomato ketchup-based spaghetti served atop an omelet on a heated cast-iron plate.

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    Ebi-furai (deep-fried shrimp)

    A local favorite with the shrimp-loving folk of Nagoya. But in Nagoya dialect, it could be pronounced ebi-furya?

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    Oni manju buns

    After diced sweet potato is added to dough made of flour combined with sugar, the whole bun is steamed to create one of Nagoya’s lesser-known specialty sweets.

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    Dote-ni

    A dish of pork or beef innards simmered in soybean miso, characterized by its rich, salty-sweet flavor.

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    Moriguchizuke

    Moriguchi daikon pickled with sake kasu (a byproduct of sake brewing). Moriguchi daikon is a particularly long daikon radish cultivated only in this area.

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    Prawn crackers

    These savory rice crackers are baked using fresh shrimp in an outstanding display of traditional technique passed down from the Edo era.

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    Uiro

    A type of confectionery made simply from rice flour and sugar. Created with carefully selected ingredients, it has an elegant, subtle flavor with a distinctive mild sweetness.

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    Curry Udon

    Udon noodles served in a thick, creamy stock that evolved independently in Nagoya.

Nagoya souvenirs

Nagoya souvenirs are diverse, ranging from classic items to popular animal goods.
Get some souvenirs to remember Nagoya!
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    Arimatsu Shibori (tie-dyed silk fabric)

    Traditional dyeing techniques are said to have been transmitted to Nagoya around 400 years ago. Various products have been developed, including yukata robes, scarves, and bags.

    The latest Marimomen goods: cute designs with a pop edge
    ©marimomen

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    Arimatsu Shibori (tie-dyed silk fabric)

    Traditional dyeing techniques are said to have been transmitted to Nagoya around 400 years ago. Various products have been developed, including yukata robes, scarves, and bags.

    Arimatsu Shibori parasol
    Arimatsu Shibori hand towel
    ©HISADA

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    Ceramics

    Ceramics as represented by the Noritake brand, founded in Nagoya. Its delicacy and sophistication have been acclaimed worldwide.

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    Nagoya Meshi themed items

    Many items bearing Nagoya Meshi motifs are available.

    Ten-musu pattern jacquard fabric pouch

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    Nagoya Meshi themed items

    Many items bearing Nagoya Meshi motifs are available.

    Soebumisen (themed notepaper)
    ©Daiwa Syoten Co., Ltd.

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    Nagoya Castle Goods

    Souvenirs you can purchase at Nagoya Castle, symbol of Nagoya.

    Memorial medal engraved with images of the castle and its mythical shachihoko

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    Nagoya Castle Goods

    Souvenirs you can purchase at Nagoya Castle, symbol of Nagoya.

    Gold shachihoko mascot key holder

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    Nagoya Castle Goods

    Souvenirs you can purchase at Nagoya Castle, symbol of Nagoya.

    Smartphone case with motif of the golden sliding-screenfrom Hommaru Palace

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    Centrair Goods

    Airport-only goods that can be purchased at stores in Centrair.

    Jacquard fabric with cute airplane design

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    Centrair Goods

    Airport-only goods that can be purchased at stores in Centrair.

    Handkerchieves and candy in a can, etc

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    Animal Goods

    Popular animal goods available at Higashiyama Zoo and the Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium.

    One good-looking gorilla: A photo anthology of the popular gorilla Shabbani in Higashiyama Zoo
    Published by FUSOSHA Publishing Inc.

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    Animal Goods

    Popular animal goods available at Higashiyama Zoo and the Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium.

    The Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium’s original plush “Real Orca”, whose design was overseen by the orca keepers. About 80 cm in overall length, Real Orca is cute yet powerful.