Kurayoshi (Tsuyu Yakisoba)

by Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Japan

I ended my stroll in the traditional district by dropping by a Japanese restaurant for a late lunch.

Japanese restaurant Kurayoshi, housed in traditional building built nearly 200 years ago, is a popular eatery offering a variety of local dishes, such as soba noodles, sushi and tempura.

I ordered tsuyu yakisoba (fried noodles with broth) for 800 yen ($7).

This noodle dish was created by Kuraishi residents and is known as popular local dish.

The dish featured thick and chewy noodles along with shrimp and mushroom tempura in soy-sauce based broth. The then perfect the dish by putting some Worcestershire sauce on top.

A staffer recommended sampling the noodles with broth before mixing in the Worcestershire sauce so I could enjoy the changing taste of the broth.

I was impressed with the taste of broth as it gradually got thicker and more bitter which made the flavor of shrimp and mushroom tempura stand out. The chewy texture of thick noodles went along well with the broth, as well.

Kurayoshi
Location: 13 Yokomachi, Kuroishi City, Aomori Prefecture
Hours: Thu – Tue, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Tel: 0172-53-2111
URL: http://kurayoshi.info/

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