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Hiroshima is a name known around the world, but there is far more to this slice of Japan than its role in modern history. Hiroshima is famous for its strong sense of cultural tradition and unique cuisine. It has a style that can appeal to anyone.
Without a doubt the most famous food from Hiroshima is Okonomiyaki. Whilst this dish can be found in other parts of Japan, the Hiroshima version is the favourite of both locals and foreigners. The dish is made of a savoury, eggy pancake that is cooked on an iron griddle, or teppan. The pancake then has noodles fried on top of it, and this ingredient is what makes the Hiroshima style so unique. Another eggy pancake is sandwiched on top and then drizzled in tangy oyster sauce. Okonomiyaki can be translated to As you like it; this is because there are optional toppings and filling that you can use to customize your dish. Shrimp, chicken and cheese are all popular additions to the already delicious food.
Miyajima, home of the world-famous floating shrine, is known not only for its beauty but also for its tastiness. Momiji Manju are the island’s signature sweet cake filled with a variety of decadent fillings. The cake is shaped like a maple leaf and has a taste to match, but the inside can be flavoured with anything, such as chocolate, custard, or the original Japanese flavour of red bean paste. These little cakes are guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser.
The oysters found in Hiroshima Bay are known to be exceptionally delicious. The powerful, salty taste is addictively intense, and when combined with their perfectly grilled texture, it makes for the perfect oyster.
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