Located at a 5-minute walk from the subway station Kamimaezu, Meifutsu Tenmusu Senju Honten (main store) is a specialty store of Nagoya gourmet tenmusu, an onigiri (rice ball) with a shrimp tempura inside. Tenmusu has become a typical food of Nagoya today, however, it is said to have its origin at the Senju Honten store in Tsu, Mie. This Senju Honten opened in 1980 as a franchise of the store in Mie and served the role of popularizing the tenmusu as a gourmet food of Nagoya. It is always busy with locals and tourists who come to get a taste of the original tenmusu.
Delicious Tenmusu is Tasty Even When Cold
Apart from the two hours during lunch time when you can eat in-store, the store is mainly for takeouts. That’s why a lot of care is given so that the onigiri (rice balls) stay tasty even when they are cold, such as using only the kind of high quality frying oil that fine dining restaurants use, so that the rice wouldn’t get soggy in it and using a triple wrapping of paper, wood sheets and aluminum.
Tenmusu You Can’t Stop Eating
The rice used for the specialty tenmusu (eat in-store 1 portion 756 yen) is koshihikari, which has a good balance in all aspects of taste, stickiness and flavor. Inside there are two crunchy shrimp! The combination of rice and the saltiness of the shrimp will no doubt get you hooked so much so that you won’t want to stop eating!
Side Dish You Can’t Leave Out
An accompaniment to tenmusu that you cannot leave out is kyarabuki, butterbur flavored sweet’n’spicy in sugar and soy sauce. The taste is pretty strong so it goes perfectly together with the lightly salted tenmusu! It is included on the side when you order tenmusu, but can also be ordered separately for 350 yen.