There are many types of Nagasaki gourmets at restaurants in Nagasaki, from Western food to Japanese food and even sweets. This article will introduce five major specialties recommended in Nagasaki.
"Nagasaki Champon (長崎ちゃんぽん)" is a gourmet that represents Nagasaki. It is a ramen created by a Chinese shopkeeper of a Chinese restaurant in Nagasaki City around the year 1900. It has a creamy soup with a rich base of pork chicken bones, with rich, thick noodles and ingredients such as seafood, pork and vegetables.
There are shops where you can eat Nagasaki Champon at various places throughout the prefecture including Nagasaki City, Hirado City and Unzen City. It is especially prevalent in Nagasaki city. The Chinese restaurants such as “Shikairo (四海樓)”, the birthplace, and “Tentenyu (天天有)” are popular.
"Sara Udon (皿うどん)" is a specialty gourmet of Nagasaki second to "Nagasaki Champon". Although the ingredients and seasonings are similar to Nagasaki Champon, it includes thin noodles that fried with oil and provide with a crispy texture, lots of soup with toromi, and other ingredients. In addition to thin noodles, there are also thick noodles, being cooked together with the soup and other ingredients.
If you want to eat Sara Udon, we recommend the popular Chinese restaurant "Kozanro (江山楼)" and "Sosyuurin (蘇州林)" in Nagasaki City.
"Turkish rice (トルコライス)" is a western-style food that originated from Nagasaki City. It is standard dishes where pilaf, Tonkatsu and spaghetti are served on one plate. Each store has different flavorings and ingredients, but it is a hearty dish that usually combines three or more Western dishes.
Most of the shops offering Turkish rice are gathered in Nagasaki City. Among them, the famous restaurants would be Bistro Bordeaux, which is said to be the birthplace, and Tsuruchan which the oldest coffee shop in Kyushu, founded in 1925.
"Goto Udon (五島うどん)" is an old local dish from the Goto Islands. It is called one of the "three major udon of Japan" along with Sanuki Udon and Inaniwa udon. It is characterized by its fine noodles. With a diameter as thin as 2 mm in comparison to normal udon. Although the noodles are thin, it is firm and easy to eat.
If you want to eat Goto Udon, the udon specialty store "Chikusuite (竹酔亭)" and "Mijioka (美女花)" located in the popular tourist spot "Fukue samurai residences street Folk Museum (武家屋敷ふるさと館)".
"Kanzarashi (寒ざらし)" is a Japanese-style sweet from the Shimabara area. It is eaten by putting in lots of small, round white dango made from mochi rice inside syrup made from honey and sugar. The round white dango are chilled in Shimabara's spring water, and are characterized by their soft texture. In addition, it has great compatibility with the rich sweet syrup.
Kanzarashi is served at Japanese restaurants and sweet shops in Shimabara city. Among them, “Ginsui (銀水)” and “Shimabara Mizuyashiki (しまばら水屋敷)” are popular as restaurants where you can eat in a traditional Japanese house.