CREATORS’ VIDEO DIARY / Nagoya’s great food culture

Courtesy of Nagoya Meshi PR Council

Ankake spaghetti

By ayanonono / Special to The Yomiuri Chukosei ShimbunHello, this is ayanonono.

I heard from the editor of this column that it will be translated into English and carried in The Japan News. Therefore, this time I’d like to change things up by publicizing the beauty of my beloved hometown Nagoya to the world.

I wonder what Nagoya reminds you of? Maybe Nagoya Castle for a tourist spot, and miso-nikomi udon (udon noodles cooked in a miso-based broth) or miso-katsu (deep-fried pork cutlet with miso sauce) for food?

My recommended Nagoya foods are ankake spaghetti (spaghetti with a thick sauce) and cafe breakfast.

Ankake spaghetti is literally a plate of thick spaghetti topped with a thick sauce, which is hot and tastes excellent. With a lot of pepper in it, the spicy sauce is really addictive. You have little chance of finding the dish in Tokyo, so I often ask my family in Nagoya to send me ankake spaghetti in retort pouches.

The morning sets at local kissaten cafes are also a specialty of Nagoya. You order a cup of coffee, and then toast, egg and other foods are brought to you as a service. There are even cafes where you are served ogura toast, which is toast with anko red bean paste on top. Nagoya is home to many local cafes that compete with each other to offer distinct breakfasts.

Many people also regularly go to their favorite cafes. My granddad used to take me to a cafe in our neighborhood to have breakfast. Some long-time patrons order just by saying things like, “Coffee, butter!” (meaning, a cup of coffee and toast with butter). If you are ever staying in Nagoya, don’t have breakfast at your hotel. I hope you will instead experience the deep culture of morning sets at a local cafe!!

Well, when I start writing about Nagoya I need more space. Is it possible I could someday become the city’s tourism ambassador or something? This is a little ambition of mine I’ve just come up with.

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YouTuber ayanonono began posting videos during her first year of high school, quickly becoming popular. Every day she uploads videos with a wide variety of content, such as makeup tutorials, new product introductions and food reports, looking at the subjects from the viewpoint of her generation.

This article is a translation of the YouTube column that appeared last Friday in The Yomiuri Chukosei Shimbun, a weekly paper for junior high and high school students. The original Japanese text and its translation will be carried alongside each other in the paper on the final Friday of every month.Speech

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