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Spicy noodles to every taste

Date Posted: 2008-05-16

Noodles are what millions of people in the East eat for a lunch. But most people’s picture of noodles is a steaming bowl with customers slurping noisily as they try to cool the noodles and broth while eating.
But there is another style of noodles that are eaten cold. Noodle restaurant Jyaken’s specialty is Hiroshima-style noodles that are dipped in a spicy cold sauce, and the meal is very good indeed.

Jyaken manager Mikihiro Kurihara explains that the secret is in the sauce. “We use a very special homemade stock soup that contains bonito flakes, pork, chicken and seaweed,” Kurihara says. The other ingredient is the hot sauce that is added into the stock soup where the noodles are dipped when eating.

Another specialty of Hiroshima-style noodles is that the spiciness of the sauce can be adjusted to match the customer’s taste, ranging from mild to intensively hot and spicy.

The noodles are then topped with vegetables and pork meat that are mixed into noodles before dipping.

The noodles are made in house from scratch in traditional way to ensure their freshness.

The manager’s lunch special at Jyaken consists of a bowl of noodles, the spicy sauce, relish, pickles, and a piece of cheese cake and coffee or tea for dessert, and costs \650.

Ryansai is another Hiroshima specialty containing cold noodles topped with pickled vegetables from Hiroshma Prefecture. The meal costs only \450 and has become one of the favorites of Jyaken’s foreign customers, according to Kurihara. “Many of our regular foreign customers come back for this dish again and again,” he says.

The atmosphere inside of the restaurant is that of a traditional noodle shop. It is very clean with four tables and additional seats at a long counter.

Jyaken opened last December. It is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day except on Mondays when its closed. It is located next to Plaza House shopping center. Free parking is available in front of the Plaza House. Their telephone number is 098-933-6471.

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