Yamaguchi Prefecture’s famous food
In this edition of Access, I`d like to introduce you to a couple of Yamaguchi Prefecture`s famous foods. Yamaguchi has something for everyone, whether you`re looking for desserts or sushi.
Uiro is a traditional sweet popular in Yamaguchi City. It is made from bracken flour, sugar, and red bean paste, which is then steamed until solid. It dates back to the Muromachi Period.
This is a type of pressed sushi popular in the Iwakuni area. Instead of hand-molding the sushi, the chef puts the ingredients in a wooden mold and steps on the lid to create the square shape. Because it was easy to carry, it was a popular meal for samurai, and even today, it holds an important role in festivals and celebrations.
● Kawara Soba or “Noodles on a Tile”
Kawara is the Japanese term for “roof tile,” and that is what your kawara soba will be cooked and served on. Ingredients include tea flavored buckwheat noodles, beef, strips of egg crepe and a special sauce. This is a specialty of Shimonoseki, among other places.
● Kamaboko or Fish Cake
Kamaboko can be found in various areas throughout the prefecture. It is made by placing fresh fish paste in the shape of a half cylinder on a wooden board and then boiling it from underneath.