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Andrew Artist & researcher based in KL since 2009, passionately exploring

Yamachan's Views, Menu & Outside

Yamachan’s Views, Menu & Outside

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 Food is worth fl ying for – I love Yamachan-

I f you blinked, you might miss one of my favorite elements of Nagoya. That is correct, chicken wings. Or more lovingly known as Yamachan. Every city and on a greater scale, prefecture in Japan tends to be known for some speciality foods. Out of Aichi prefecture and particularly Nagoya, miso ranks pretty high. Miso is more commonly recognized in its soup form. Before becoming the key ingredient in the soup, it is a seasoning paste created by fermenting soy beans with salt and the fungus scientifi cally called Aspergillus oryzae. I personally enjoy using it as a rub for chicken to be marinated overnight and then barbecued. What does this

Yamachan Logo

Yamachan Logo

have to do with chicken wings? We’ll get to that later.

Flying somewhere just for food may be the current foodie trend, but I see few other reasons to go to some places. Food is a staple, whenever and wherever you are. Delicious specialties are generally region specifi c. Yamachan is an Izakaya based in the Aichi prefecture. The area is the regional hub for Toyota. I’m not sure if that can be tied to the delicious awesomeness of their misobased treats like the local favorite miso-katsu. Stepping back briefl y, if you are unfamiliar with the concept of an Izakaya, another of my favorite places to be, is a bistro of sorts. The emphasis is on shared plates and drinks. People meet up and can order a number of different fl avors, satisfy their taste buds and keep the bill relatively low.

If you and your group are facing a diffi cult time deciding what to order, you can get the

Tebasaki Chicken Wings Yamachan Logo Yamachan's Views  Menu & Outside 40

Tebasaki Chicken Wings

ball rolling by simply stating “toriaezu nama biiru” or “namachu.” Although it doesn’t count as “nama” (draft beer) you can try a bottle of Red Miso Ale, a beverage very unlikely to be encountered elsewhere. Then, you can order what you are really there for, tebasaki. Noted on your chopsticks, or somewhere near if memory serves me right, is the graphic breaking down the steps to properly dig in. Take the wing between your forefi ngers, fold it over in half, thus separating the crispy outside skin and tendons from the inside meat. Place the folded over wing between your teeth and the meat slides right off into your mouth. Breathe in deeply, and savor the peppery edge. You are currently in chicken wing heaven.

Now, you can actually consider packing up and heading off to visit the next town. But it’ll probably delay a few days so you’ll have just a bit more time to visit a few more Yamachan’s.