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Chinrai-ken is a Chinese restaurant in Kure City, Hiroshima, that was established 60 years ago and was the first restaurant in Kure City to serve Kure-reimen cold noodles. Kure-reimen is a local specialty that uses flat and wide springy-textured noodles covered with an exquisite strong-flavored sauce that has a masterful balance of spicy and sweet. This dish was born in 1955 and has become so popular that people crave these cold noodles even in the heart of winter. As a food with simple flavors, nowadays this dish is well loved all across the country. In addition to the signature dish of Kure-reimen, over 30 other kinds of snacks and dishes can be found on the menu at Chinrai-ken. This is one popular restaurant that draws crowds every day waiting in line for lunch.
- 4-2-1 Hondori, Kure-shi, Hiroshima
- Contact No.
- 15-minute walk from Kure Station on the JR Kure Line・1-minute walk from the Hondori San-chome bus stop.
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- 11:30–15:00 *However, the restaurant may close when ingredients sell-out. This often happens between 14:00 and 15:00. Closed on Tuesdays （Open in case of national holiday, then closed the following day）
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 30 minutes
- Other Information
- *Average budget （1 person）: Afternoon -1,000 yenMenu: Kure-reimen （small） 650 yen （large） 800 yen, Kure-reimen gansu 800 yen
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Restaurant that is the birthplace of the famous Kure-reimen in Kure City, Hiroshima
Kure-reimen which is now known all over the country is originally a specialty of Kure City, Hiroshima. The founder of Chinrai-ken chose flat and wide noodles that go perfect with the original sauce that has a great balance of sweet and spicy while keeping down tastes of sourness. The Kure-reimen made here is sure to get you hooked after only one taste.
It’s worth waiting in line! The peerless Kure-reimen
The flat and wide noodles used in the Kure-reimen （small 650 yen, large 800 yen） have a slippery texture while also maintaining a strong and springy body. These noodles become entangled in the sweet and spicy sauce that will get you hooked after only bowl. You can also try adding the original “su-karashi” seasoning made with pickled chili peppers partway through the meal for a whole different taste to enjoy.
Special summer menu, “Kure-reimen gansu”
The “Kure-reimen gansu” （800 yen） is a special item available only on the summer menu that dishes up generous amounts of vegetables along with Hiroshima’s specialty “gansu” （fried kamaboko fish paste） like a salad. “Gansu” is considered a kind of soul food in Kure City made from a mixing of vegetables and minced fish like sardines that is then fried.