Okayama has an almost endless selection of unique local gourmet specialties, from hearty, energizing meals to sweet and fresh sweets that help relieve tiredness! Cycling trips in Okayama nourish both the mind and body!
A perfect combination of octopus, from the scenic fishing port of Shimotsui, and Kojima’s own special salt! This plate of salt-fried noodles represents the concentrated essence of the Seto Inland Sea. Sample the flavors of octopus, salt, and noodles in perfect harmony!
This local specialty features juicy conger eel, famous in Tamano City, mixed with rice and combined with a rich, sweet, and salty kabayaki (grilled eel) sauce. Topped with an onsen tamago soft-boiled egg, this dish is the pinnacle of deliciousness. Simply unforgettable!
As home to many chicken farms, over the years, Kasaoka has built up a wealth of knowledge about the best ways to use all parts of chickens young and old. One of the most famous dishes is Kasaoka ramen noodles, made using a flavorful stock made from chicken bones and slices of roast chicken. Although not a heavy soup, you will find its rich umami flavors irresistible!
These distinctive yakisoba fried noodles add the tang of tomatoes to the basic curry flavor. The name “Indian” means “curry flavored,” and this dish has been a popular choice for local school lunches for many years and is loved by people of all ages.
This has been a staple dish in Hiruzen since ancient times with stir-fry noodles in a sweet and salty miso-based sauce mixed with chicken (or kashiwa as chicken is known locally). According to local tradition this unique sauce was created by hand as sauces were generally hard to come by. The flavor of the sauce varies from shop to shop.
This local dish is made only during winter months using oysters caught fresh each day. The fresh oysters are succulent even after being cooked, and add a luxurious taste to this special okonomiyaki.
Tsuyama has long been a place where wagyu cattle have been bred and this is why it has always been possible to source delicious and fresh offal from the local sashu beef cattle. More than 50 restaurants in Tsuyama offer this special dish, with each one differing slightly depending on the chef.
This restaurant specializing in rice topped with egg was opened as the first phase of a plan to invigorate the town using eggs. Here, diners can eat all the rice and eggs they can fit in their stomachs. Big crowds line up to eat here even on weekdays.
The Soja area is the top baking region in Okayama Prefecture.There are many specialties to try, including Soja dog, fruit choux buns, and ice cream with specialty bread!
Due to the mild climate of the Seto Inland Sea the area produces an abundance of fruits such as white peaches, muscat grapes, and pione grapes. Of course, you can simply enjoy them fresh, but the fruit parfait is a must-try! W ith a rich variety of flavors and appearances, one of the charms of these fruit desserts is that the toppings change with the seasons.
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