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Kishimen

Flat Noodle

Kishimen is a broad and flat noodle often seen in the Nagoya area. When written in Chinese characters, the word literally means noodle of go stone (game pieces of Japanese chess). The broth is somewhere between the Kanto style and the Kansai style, with a touch of sweet sake seasoning. Dried bonito shavings are tossed on the dish before serving. Thinly-sliced kamaboko steamed fish paste, boiled and seasoned spinach, and deep-fried bean curd are among regular ingredients. The most accepted opinion is that noodles made in the present Imaoka Township in Kariya, Aichi Prefecture, (formerly called Imokawa in Mikawa) is the precursor of kishimen. The flat noodles produced in the area were known as the local specialty since the early Edo Period. Kiyushoran, a book written in the same period, says that that the local noodles could be the origin of so-called himokawa udon of Edo (present Tokyo). A wooden monument in Imaoka also claims that the area is the birthplace of himokawa udon. (See the rhyming of himokawa and Imokawa?) Opinions are divided about why the noodle is called kishimen. One theory is that Kishimen was originally not shaped like a noodle but like a go game stone (or the state of a ribbon-shaped noodle coiled to look like a game piece of Chinese chess), and was called kijimen (literally meaning "go game stone noodle"), which was changed into kishimen. Another idea is that people in Kishu (present Wakayama Prefecture) originally made the noodle, which was thus called kishumen (Kishu noodle) and then changed into kishimen. And finally, ther is an opinion that it was first called kijimen because the noodle dish contained kiji (pheasant) used as an ingredient when it was presented to the domain lord.

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Restaurants

This is a chain of Japanese restaurants based in the Tokai region and focused on noodle dishes. It has la...
Miya Kishimen is a venerable old restaurant located beside Minamishinike pond on the grounds of Atsuta Ji...
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