We ate various local dishes at the Tanakaya.
The main characteristic of the dishes was that almost all of the food was made with vegetables instead of meat or fish.
( On the other hand In the city area you usually eat dishes which include lots of meat or fish. )
Let’s see the unique food in Iiyama city.
This is “Sasa sushi.” which is served at the celebrated day.
This is vinegared rice which is topped by egg, shiitake (mushroom) and walnut.
It is said that people gave this to “Kenshin Uesugi” who was a military commander.
This is a potato.
I wonder how the owner sliced it so thin.
This is a pumpkin which is called “Somen kabocha”
Somen means noodle and Kabocha means pumpkin.
The food looks like noodle, doesn’t it?
There was also soybean curd(tofu) mixed with green soybean
The left one is frijole in soybean paste.
The Middle one is called “Yatara” which includes soy sauce, egg plants, local green pepper and “myoga”.
Myouga is good spice.
The right one is called “Goya Chanpuru”
It is Okinawa food and it is a fried food which includes goya, egg and tofu.
The left ones are small potatoes.
The farmers can’t sell small potatoes so they cook them for themselves.
That’s a good idea.It is boiled with sugar, milin and soy sauce.
I’m not sure about the right one.Maybe it is eggplant pickle.
This is a kind of plum which tastes sweet but acidic a little.
This is breakfast.We need both rice and bean paste soup(miso soup) every day.
The people living in Iiyama city like using miso for dishes as you may notice.
During the winter, they can eat food which they have stored up in advance..
The miso must be great because it keeps food fresh for a long time.
What a healthy food!
If you eat them every day, you don’t need medicine and doctors.
“An apple(miso?) a day keeps the doctor away.”