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Ogura Toast In Nagoya

Ogura Toast In Nagoya

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Emmy takes in the cafe culture of Nagoya through Ogura toast, a handful of local specialties including hitsumabushi, and fried favorites tenmusu, miso katsu and more.

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- Hey guys, my name is Emmy and I'm eating my way across Japan in the most unlikely way. I'm on a quest to discover Japan's unique Kit Kat flavors, from Tokyo's rum raisin, toWasabi. I'm tasting, exploring, and unwrapping what each region has to offer. Hi everyone, we're in lovely Nagoya and the Kit Kat flavor here is ogura toast. So apparently ogura toast is a piece of toast that's lovely and buttered and then it's topped with azuki beans which are these little red beans that are sweetened with sugar. It's served often with a cup of coffee. And it's part of theculture. Andis cafes in Nagoya where people enjoy this kind of toast. Before I try that I'm gonna give this a taste first. So this one is chocolate inside. Let's give her a taste. I'm looking for that azuki bean. Or theflavor. I can see that there's a little bit of color in the cream layer. Maybe that's supposed to represent the paste, or the ogura toast. But, I'm not really detecting any of the flavor. To me, it just tastes like a really delicious Kit Kat. I don't taste any of the ogura toast. It's delicious though. So now that I've tasted the Kit Kat let's see if I can find astand and get my hands on the real deal. Nagoya's another big city in Japan but it's a city that loves food and it has a certain kind of style. It's a comfort style of food that has lots of salty sweet flavors and lots of fried things. So I'm really curious to see how ogura toast falls into that tradition. All right, so here I am in in Nagoya. And I'm about to taste ogura toast. And ogura toast is part of a morning ritual called morning or morning Where you go to a cafe to have ogura toast along with coffee. Which is an experience that I've never heard of and I think is very unique to Nagoya. So, I'm super excited to taste it it sounds delicious. Wow. Thank you. I was not expecting the bread to look like this. It's like a sesame seed bread. So it's really, a lot of this is really about the bread. The bread is thick. And chewy. It's sort of typical of what you would find here in Japan. The toast is a lot thicker than what you would find in the U.S. And it is lovely. It's sweet, but not overly so. And then you've got a layer of butter in there that kind of just holds everything together and melts. The butter and the toast kind of signals something in your brain that just says breakfast. So, in terms of what I think Kit Kat was trying to do I think maybe they're trying to go for the subtlety of the flavors. There's that toasty nuttiness and that might have translated a bit into the Kit Kat bar. But I don't taste any of the flavor which I taste in the toast, which I find delicious. So, in that sense the Kit Kat bar was a little bit disappointing. But the toast certainly isn't. Why are you yelling at me? Stop. We're not supposed to stand up. There's a button you push where drinks come out. Drinks. Drinks, nothing. Nothing. They gave me nothing. So we're in a which is a covered shopping arcade. We find them all over in Japan. And this one happens to be Nagoya. So Nagoya just like other parts of Japan have foods that are very specific to its area. So, I'm gonna check this out and see if I can find the most famous ones. So I managed to find some which is unagi, or broiled eel served three different ways. As is, with salt and pepper, and as And then I'm gonna take a little bit of this tea and pour it around. And then I think I'm gonna add some wasabi. And a little bit of green onion. Mmmm. That's terrific. I really really like that way. The tea kind of rehydrates the unagi a bit. It makes it moist and succulent. And then you've got this kind of soup that forms with the rice and the tea. Mmmm. All right. Let's go find something else. Nagoya's really known for its fried food, including which is a rice ball filled with tempura. So I found some treasures down at the department store in the basement. Gosh, it's like a little present. Oh my gosh, look how cute these are. They're so adorable. All right, Really nice. The warm sticky rice and you've got a little bit of shrimp tempura inside. Sweet. And then you've got that that just kind of ties it all together. Delicious. It's also known for its which is, a pork cutlet that's been deep fried and intensely flavored with a miso sauce. All right, let's give it a taste. I smell nice and delicious and fried. Those are scrumptious. They're like pork fishsticks. The breading is crisp and there's a nice little sauce on there, as well. It's miso flavored sweet and savory, a little bit of soy sauce. The meat though, I was expecting it to be like a chunk of meat, it's not. It's like a ground almost like a meatball kind of meat. But, delicious. I don't think I could eat too many of these because they do taste a bit like, you know, like get your waistline a little bit fatter. Next we have the famous wings. Look at this box they put it in how cute is that? Apparently there's a special way of eating them. Directions on the box. I guess you move it by the knuckle and then you do something or other and well, I'll try my best. You're supposed to, I think, well, I'll try. You pull this nugget off here and then you're supposed to I'm not sure. I'm just gonna eat it the way I normally eat wings. Mmmm. Those are really really good. So I think they deep fry them, or something. They're nice and crisp on the outside. They've got a really nice coating of pepper on the outside so it's black peppery and you've got some of this soy sauce in there, as well. But it's mostly salty. And the chicken is perfectly cooked. And it comes right off the bone. And it is scrumptious. Japan reminds me a little bit of Italy in the sense that when you go to different regions there are really specific things that you eat in a particular place. And people get really serious about it. So you can go just across the way or across the river and say, "No no no no, that's how I have my miso." Or, "That's how I have my sushi." Or, "That's how I prepare my noodles." Or pasta. It's really interesting to see how people enjoy the food of their area. And then they're really coveted, and love it in a special kind of way. And then as one to visit it it becomes a really special thing. It's like, I'm going to Nagoya, and I'm gonna eat ogura toast. And I'm gonna go eatchicken. I'm gonna haveunagi. It's really interesting to be able to try something and have it be in a specific place and of its place. And to really have a bit of that culture, as well. Regional specificity of a place is a really special thing.

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