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Local gourmet food of a particular region tastes good, especially when you're in the area. We've picked the top 5 local gourmet dishes that you won't want to miss when visiting Myoko. Some only came about because this is deep-snow country. Won't they taste even better once you know how they were created?

Pork miso soup ramen

This pork miso soup ramen was created by a renowned pork miso soup restaurant in Myoko City. Word got around about the tasty ramen and it spread across the Myoko area. The ramen is very substantial with plenty of ingredients, pork miso soup and noodles. It's available at ramen bars and set meal restaurants. (Photo: Pork miso soup restaurant Tachibana)

Bamboo sushi that's been popular since the warlord era

Bamboo sushi is a local cuisine, with vinegared sushi rice on top of a bamboo leaf, topped with many ingredients and condiments. It's said to have started off as an on-the-go food for warriors during the warlord era, as it's made by wrapping rice in antibacterial bamboo leaves, and can be eaten without chopsticks. Ingredients include mountain vegetables, mushrooms, root vegetables, walnuts and other foods you can find in the mountains. There's a wide variety of ingredients, all very colorful. You can enjoy bamboo sushi at restaurants and also in lunchboxes sold at the station.

Myoko Kogen Beer

Myoko Kogen Beer is a craft beer made with the technique from an esteemed brewery in the Czech Republic, the home of beer, and pure water from snow-clad Myoko Kogen. It comes in three varieties: Pilsner, Weizen and Dark Lager, all of which are available from souvenir stores in Myoko. They're brewed at a local craft beer brewery, Tatra-kan, and served fresh at the brewery's adjacent restaurant with buffet meals, ham and sausage.

Traditional seasoning "Kanzuri"

Kanzuri is a spicy seasoning that's been around in Myoko for a long time. It's made with salt-pickled local red chili fermented with yuzu citrus and rice malt. Just before fermentation it's dried on the snow to diffuse the spiciness and concentrate its flavor. Made carefully over three years, Kanzuri goes well with all kinds of dishes, including stews, meat and fish. It is true snow country seasoning, with body-warming chili.

Bright red yaki soba

This yaki soba (fried noodles) is a local dish devised because "Aka" of "Akakura" means red. Made of rice flour, the noodles have a soft and fluffy texture, and though the bright red color makes it look hot, surprisingly it's not. In fact, the striking color comes from red vegetables from Myoko Kogen. The yaki soba is served at Akakura Onsen and nearby restaurants, with each restaurant arranging it in its own way. It'll be fun to hop between restaurants and try different yaki sobas as you stroll the hot spring town.
text : Chiho Kuriyama

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Pork miso soup restaurant Tachibana

Address
2-3-10 Kurihara, Myoko-shi, Niigata 944-0007

Myoko Kogen Beer Tatra-kan

Address
Ikenotaira Onsen, Myoko-shi, Niigata 949-2112

Miyoshiya

Address
476 Akakura, Myoko-shi, Niigata 949-2111

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