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Isshin located in Hiroshima is known as the founding udon and soba noodle restaurant for Kure City’s famous “hoso-udon.” Isshin is a long-standing restaurant founded back in 1941 and looks the part with its old-fashioned exterior. Kure flourished as a boat manufacturing town and “hoso-udon” has been the quick meal that busy factory workers have lovingly been fed on for generations. There are many restaurants around Kure that serve hoso-udon, but Isshin is the one with the longest history. Isshin is famous for the flavor of its refreshing seafood dashi broth and soft-textured udon noodles.
- 5-1-12 Nishi Chuo, Kure-shi, Hiroshima
- Contact No.
- 15-minute walk from Kure Station on the JR Kure Line
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- 7:00–17:00 Closed on Tuesdays
- Time Required
- 30 minutes
- Other Information
- *Average budget （1 person）: Afternoon -1,000 yenMenu: Niku-tama udon 810 yen, croquette 110 yen
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Birthplace of Kure’s famous “hoso-udon”
“Hoso-udon” uses thin udon noodles that are so soft they would break if picked up by the fingers. Depending on different regions throughout Japan, some may like their noodles strong and springy, but the hoso-udon famous to Kure are known for their soft and mushy texture that’s soft to the tongue. One advantage for this is that the flavorful dashi broth becomes easily entangled in the mass of noodles.
Simmered soft meat and raw eggs in the “niku-tama udon”
One popular item available at Isshin is the “niku-tama udon” （810 yen）. The sweet and softly simmered meat is a perfect match for the sweet soup. Generous servings of green onions sharpen the flavor while the raw egg creates a smooth overall taste. The almost-clear soup with seafood flavors brought to life by the broth is so refreshing that many people end up drinking it all before they leave.
Simple croquette that is often featured in the media
The croquette （110 yen） available on the side menu is a simple dish made with deep-fried mashed potatoes. The croquette goes great with udon and boasts an unshakable popularity. Though it’s just a simple croquette, you can often find it featured on TV thanks to the amazing flavor.