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This Animal-Derived-Free Snack is a Must-Try
When you visit Nagano, one must-try dish will satisfy your taste buds and immerse you in the region’s culinary heritage – Oyaki. This delectable treat is a beloved traditional dish in Nagano Prefecture, cherished by locals and tourists alike.
Oyaki is made primarily from wheat flour, wrapped around various fillings, and then baked. The most common shape for Oyaki is round. The fillings are diverse, with popular options including miso (fermented soybean paste), Nozawana (pickled mustard greens), mushrooms, hijiki seaweed, and yamaimo (Japanese mountain yam).
What sets Oyaki apart is its rustic and comforting flavor. These delightful treats are made using locally sourced ingredients and seasonings, resulting in subtle taste variations across different regions within Nagano Prefecture. Oyaki can be found at local events, festivals, and Michi no Eki (roadside stations), where they are cherished as an integral part of the local food culture.
One renowned establishment that specializes in Oyaki is “Iroha-do” What makes Iroha-do stand out is its commitment to using no animal-derived ingredients. Every product they offer is labeled with “NO MEAT” and “NO FISH.” Both Iroha-do MIDORI Nagano Store and Iroha-do Zenkoji Nakamise Store are listed on Happy Cow, a vegetarian and vegan restaurant search site.
In addition to being vegetarian-friendly, Iroha-do’s Oyaki does not contain any dairy, eggs, or honey. This dedication to catering to vegetarian and vegan customers has made Iroha-do a popular choice among visitors seeking plant-based options. So, when you plan your trip to Nagano, indulge in the mouthwatering Oyaki at Iroha-do and experience the unique flavors of this region.