Champon noodles are the representative dish of Nagasaki, with its thick noodles and other ingredients such as seafood, paste products, and vegetables. This article lists down some restaurants where you may enjoy some delicious Nagasaki Champon noodles.
1. Chinese Restaurant, Shikairou
This Chinese restaurant was established in 1899 and serves as the origin of Champon noodles in Nagasaki. The first generation owner of this restaurant started making Champon for exchange students who did not have enough money. Their vibrant Champon (972 JPY) topped with thinly-sliced omelette is a dish with lots of volume. This restaurant is located near Glover Garden, which makes it easy to access during your trip. From the 5th floor, you may have a view of the Nagasaki Harbor while dining. In the lower floors, you may find the "Champon Museum" (Free Entrance), which shows the history of the noodles, as well as shops that sell Nagasaki specialties, which makes the building itself an attraction.
This store was put up by a Chinese national who came to Japan. It is not the fanciest restaurant in the world but it certainly is a popular restaurant loved by the locals. Examples of their dishes would be the "Champon" (750 JPY) and the "Special Champon" (1,100 JPY), as well as the "Gyoza Dumplings Set Menu" (1,000 JPY). This would be a good place to drop by to enjoy the flavors and atmosphere unique to the area.
3. Yokohama Shianbashi Branch
This is a popular store that is frequently visited by celebrities and is only a 2-minute walk from the Nagasaki Dentetsu Shianbashi Station. The number one recommended dish is the "Special Champon" (1.080 JPY (incl. tax)). The reasonably priced set dishes and lunch sets are well-received as well. This restaurant would be a good place to drop by if you ever feel hungry late at night or even after a drink, as they are open till late hours.
4. Horaiken Bekkan
This is an exquisite Chinese-style restaurant near the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum. A lot of people come to eat here including the locals and foreign visitors. Aside from the orthodox "Champon" (864 JPY (incl. tax)), they also serve a half-sized dish composed of one half noodles and one half toppings (702 JPY (incl. tax)), and "Soboro Champon" (1,080 JPY (incl. tax), where the meat is swooped with grounded and flavored meat. This place is a must-try for those interested in Chinese atmosphere.
5. Kouzanrou Nagasaki China Town Main Branch
This Chinese restaurant is famous for their Champon and is located in Nagasaki China Town, one of the three major China Towns in Japan. They serve 3 types of Champon noodles. Among them is the popular dish "first class Champon" (1,500 JPY (excl. tax)), which includes a good array of ingredients and a delicious broth. They also have classic Chinese food such as shrimp with chili sauce and shark fin soup. It would be recommended to make a reservation if you are looking to have a slow dine-in, as the spacious restaurant comes with individual rooms where you may eat course meals.
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So, what do you think? There are many other restaurants within Nagasaki aside from the ones in this article. Please give Champon a try at different places, as each restaurant has its own distinct taste.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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