There are many dishes that will surprise and amaze you in Aichi, an area that has its own unique food culture! Here are five incredible dishes that you will surely want to photograph and boast about.
1. Amakuchi Matcha Ogura Spaghetti at Cafe Mountain
Cafe Mountain is an extremely famous restaurant with a never-ending stream of customers from near and far who come in search of mysterious and strange dishes such as sweet spaghetti. The most popular dish at this cafe is the Amakuchi Matcha Ogura Spaghetti, which is made of piping hot thick spaghetti topped with fresh whipped cream, red bean paste, peaches, and cherries. If you want to take a photo of this dish, make sure to do so before the fresh cream melts from the heat of the noodles. After you take a picture, eat the noodles while covering them in the whipped cream. Your own tongue will have to be the one to decide on the taste of this dish! At Cafe Mountain, they say you have “reached the summit” if you managed to eat everything on your plate or you have become “lost in the mountains” if you ate gave up. Try to eat at this cafe and challenge that summit!
2. Cafe au Lait at Cafe Tsuzuki
At Cafe Tsuzuki, ordering the Cafe au Lait (500 JPY) will give you the chance to witness a must-see performance of the waiter serving your drink. He goes up a step ladder with coffee in his right hand and milk in his left, then pours them into your cup from a height of 2.5m. The performance of the cheerful master always fills the room with cheer and laughter. The coffee and milk are poured from a high place, so the froth on your coffee will not disappear easily and you will be treated to coffee with a very mild taste. When taking a souvenir photo, people will naturally chant “cafe au lait!” When the cafe is crowded, they may not pour your Cafe au Lait this way, so it would be better to check first. Don’t forget to take photos and videos!
3. King Pancake at Hachinosu Cafe
The King Pancakes (1,500 JPY), the masterpiece dish at Hachinosu Cafe, are perfect for people with a sweet tooth as it is made up of 10 pieces of pancakes, nine regular pancakes at the bottom and a heart-shaped pancake on top. When you take a photo, you have to capture the height of that tower of pancakes. Make sure to capture the bee on top, too. The 10 pancakes in this dish are light and fluffy, and are accompanied by fruit, ice cream, and whipped cream, so when eaten together with maple syrup, you will definitely be able to finish it all without getting bored. The pancakes are cooked upon order, so eat them while they are hot.
4. Okitsune Burger at Okitsune
The Okitsune Burger is a local dish in which the hamburger buns are made of aburaage (thinly sliced fried tofu). This restaurant has already sold 120,000 burgers since the first time it was served to customers. The thick aburaage is fried and covered in a secret sauce, so you might get addicted to its crunchy texture and fragrant smell. Two pieces of fried tofu sandwich are filled with tonkatsu (fried pork cutlet), fresh lettuce, onions covered in an acidic ketchup, making this burger a big hit among customers. Those who eat this burger often say that it is lighter than the usual hamburger. If you want to take a photo of this burger, then it would probably be best to capture the moment when you take a mouthful or highlight the texture of the fried tofu.
5. Kishimen at Yoshinoya
At Yoshinoya, you can eat Nagoya’s specialty, kishimen (thin and flat noodles). The standard width and thickness of kishimen noodles were originally 4.5mm and less than 2mm, but they have now become extra broad noodles with width of up to 40mm. As a result, they look more like cloth than noodles. You may not be able to make slurping sounds when you eat these noodles, but their appeal is their springy elasticity. You will not be able to cut them even if you lift them with your chopsticks! When you're taking photos, if you pick up the noodles high with your chopsticks, they will probably slip and fall to the bowl, so take care not to let the sauce splatter. For those who are not steady with chopsticks, it would be best to pick up the noodles by folding them on top of the soup.
The above dishes are creative and fun dishes that are found in Nagoya, ranging from dishes that will make you wonder why up to dishes that may be surprising but are still totally delicious. Make sure to capture the special characteristics of these dishes when you take a photo to show them off.
*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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