Uniquely Nagoya! Why is the “Kishimen” so alluring?

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What is "Kishimen"?

Unlike regular Udon, ‘Kishimen’ is a flat type of Udon with a slippery and smoother texture.

Main Ingredient List

  • Flat type of Udon
  • Bonito Flakes
  • Spinach
  • Boiled fish paste
  • Japanese leek
  • Soup

Average Price

JPY 500 - JPY 1,000

So ‘Kishimen’ is simply just Udon with thinner noodles?
Yes, that is somewhat right!

Kishimen is a flat type of Udon.
I can confidently say that ‘Kishimen’ is one of the most popular types of “Nagoya-meshi”, but many people would probably tell you it is just another type of flat Udon dish.
That is right and we will not deny this fact, but do ponder slightly more and reason out why this dish is actually more popular?
If it is simply just Udon with thinner or flatter noodles, why has it not disappeared into an ocean of regular Udon noodle dishes? There has to be a remarkable difference about ‘Kishimen’ that makes it more appealing than others.
In actuality, it is a dish that has reached a status that cannot be justified in simple words.

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Nagoya’s Speciality!
The enduring appeal of the ‘Kishimen’!

Reasons for the existence and legacy of the ‘Kishimen’!


A Popular FavouriteAFFORDABILITY

Nagoya’s ‘Kishimen’ is a relatively inexpensive dish. Anyone can enjoy this dish at 300yen! This probably explains why ‘Kishimen’ remains a popular dish amongst many!


Slurping ‘Kishimen’!BREAKFAST TIME

‘Kishimen’ is refreshing and one can enjoy this dish freely without any fuss!
A good start to the day can be made possible with a simple breakfast of ‘Kishimen’!
In fact, you can even enjoy a refreshing bowl of ‘Kishimen’ at many train stations in Nagoya!


Flat TexturesA MOUTHFUL

‘Kishimen’ can be enjoyed effortlessly as each bite offers a distinctive pleasure that is unmistakably striking! Try it for yourself and let us know if you favour ‘Kishimen’ over a regular bowl of Udon!


Kishimen Restaurants
(Nagoya Local Food Specialities)

Sohonke Ebisuya Honten

TOP3 Kishimen RestaurantsSohonke Ebisuya Honten

Showcasing handmade noodles by preserving tradition and legacies from the Edo period,

The most distinctive feature of the Ebisuya is the retention of traditiona ...

TOP3 Kishimen Restaurants

Nagoya Meshi
List of Nagoya specialties

The locals have been in love with their own unique food in Nagoya.
Now it is called “Nagoya Meshi” and it finally came into the spotlight in Japan.
It is a must to try some “Nagoya Meshi”, outstanding Nagoya local food specialities when you visit Nagoya!

  • Hitsumabushi

  • Miso Katsu

  • Tebasaki

  • Taiwan Ramen

  • Kishimen

  • Miso Nikomi Udon

  • Nagoya Cochin

  • Ankake Spaghetti

  • Morning Service

  • Curry Udon

  • Taiwan Mazesoba

  • Miso Oden

  • Teppan Italian

  • Tenmusu

  • Ogura Toast

  • Uirou

  • Ebisenbei

  • Ebi Fry

List of Nagoya specialties