Inheriting Hiroshima's food culture and spreading the appeal of new food in the wake of the G7!Winners of the Japan-Japan Cooperation Association Chugoku Regional Headquarters Youth Cooking Competition have been decided!

In Hiroshima Prefecture, with the aim of expanding sales channels and consumption of prefecture-produced agricultural, forestry and fishery products, we took the opportunity of the G5 Hiroshima Summit held in May this year to refine the prefecture's diverse food assets with a variety of actors and communicate their appeal. We are promoting the "A Taste of HIROSHIMA" project.

As part of the refinement of this project, hosted by the Chugoku Regional Headquarters of the Japan-Chinese Cuisine Association, we will be serving pork and seasonal vegetables from Hiroshima Prefecture with the aim of nurturing young chefs, discovering talent, and passing on Hiroshima's food culture. A themed competition was held on August 8st (Monday).On the day of the event, in addition to the competition, we unveiled dishes made with local pork and vegetables that had been refined by skilled chefs from four restaurants in the prefecture.

This time, "Seto Momiji" was selected as the main ingredient for the cooking competition.It is a high-quality pork that grows vigorously by mixing oyster shells with its feed, and is characterized by its natural flavor and juiciness.

Ten contestants participated in the competition, each of whom devised a menu according to a theme and submitted it for tasting at the venue.

Competition participants (title omitted)

Name Affiliation Dish name (written in Japanese)
Hiroshi Takeuchi
(Hiroshi Takeuchi)
Chinese restaurant Kiranen
(Hotel Granvia Hiroshima)
New shape of double-pot meat
Hinata Hori
(Hinata Hori)
Chinese Dining Ryu
(Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima)
Pork belly and figs served with puff pastry and Gion parsley sauce
Ren Ma Ming
Chinese Dining Ryu
(Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima)
Assortment of two types of Seto Momiji pork inspired by the local Osaki Shimojima
Naoto Nishimuta
(Naoto Nishimuta)
Chinese food Lifang
(Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima)
Pork shoulder loin with black vinegar and sweet and sour pork, Hiroshima greens and pork with egg spring rolls
Takatoshi Murakami
(Takatoshi Murakami)
Chinese food Lifang
(Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima)
Momiji pork belly steamed with steamed rice Momiji pork shoulder loin steamed with beans
Keisuke Takeshita
(Keisuke Takeshita)
Chinese Saikan Chikurin Steamed Momiji pork with Setouchi lemon sauce and lotus sauce
Hiroto Matsumoto
(Hiroto Matsumoto)
Chinese Saikan Chikurin Stir-fried pork shoulder loin and papaya with salt malt and black pepper, fried pork belly and vegetables with special miso sauce
Kaishu Kawamoto
(Kawamoto Kaishu)
Chinese Cuisine Kawanaji Lemon sweet and sour pork and pork belly with delicious spicy sauce
Takeshi Goto
(Rhythm Goto)
Creative Chinese Cuisine Sichuan braised pork
Yasuji Okuda
(Taichi Okuda)
Hiroshima Drunken Cooking and Confectionery College Deep-fried Seto Momiji pork with the aroma of two colors of kinsha served with dim sum

Cooking scenes by contest participants
We propose a dish that takes advantage of the charm of each vegetable based on the theme.

Competition judging scene
Judging was done on a scale of XNUMX points.Judges from various industries, including culinary school teachers, members of the media, and pork producer representatives, gave their scores while giving their opinions and questions from their own perspectives.

As a result of the judging, the gold prize went to Hinata Hori from Rihga Royal Hotel Chinese Dining Ryu's ``Pork Belly and Fig with Gion Parsley Sauce and Puff Pastry,'' and the silver prize went to Keisuke Takeshita from Chugoku Saikan Chikurin for ``Momiji Pork Steamed Setouchi.'' The bronze medal went to Mr. Yasuji Okuda of Hiroshima Suishin Cooking and Confectionery College for ``Fried Seto Momiji Pork, Flavored with Two Colors of Golden Sand, Served with Dim Sum.''

Hinata Hori won the Gold Award
"Pork belly and figs served with puff pastry and Gion parsley sauce"

``Pork belly and figs with Gion parsley sauce and puff pastry'' created by Mr. Hori, who won the gold award this time, is wrapped in pastry with the theme ingredients Seto maple and figs grown in the prefecture, and is made with Mr. Hori's local ingredients, Gion. This menu is made with a special sauce made with parsley, and is particular about its flavor and appearance.
Mr. Hori commented, ``Chinese food is still not very familiar to young people.I hope they will learn that there are other types of Chinese food and try it.''

Also, during the competition judging, a polished dish from the A Taste of HIROSHIMA project was presented by veteran chefs from four restaurants.These menus will be offered at participating stores in the third round of the Eattrip HIROSHIMA campaign starting in November, and the number of participating stores is expected to increase to more than XNUMX in the future.

Polished menu unveiled
The venue was surprised by the elaborate menu that made use of the theme ingredient, pork.

Chinese Cuisine Koranen
"Seto Momiji pork stew with Shaoxing wine"
Chinese Dining Ryu
"Stew of Seto Momiji pork and Hiroshima greens"
Chinese Saikan Chikurin​
“3 types of Seto Momiji pork, sweet and sour pork, scenery of the Seto Inland Sea”
Chinese food Lifang
"Delicious Hiroshima Dim Sum"
Theme food “Seto maple”
Hiroshima Meat Market Meat and Pork Shipping Association “Momiji-kai”
Representative Mitsuso Hino

Mitsuso Hino, representative of the Hiroshima Meat Market Meat and Pork Shipping Association "Momiji-kai," who participated in the competition judging as a representative of the producers of the theme ingredient "Seto Momiji," said, "Every chef's idea is to make the best use of the ingredients, in a good way. The taste exceeded my imagination," he commented.

Why not take this opportunity to try Chinese cuisine made with pork from Hiroshima Prefecture?

Click here for more information about the EattripHIROSHIMA campaign

Click here for restaurants where you can eat Chinese food using ingredients from Hiroshima Prefecture.

Delicious! Hiroshima's "Tabensai" presents a diverse selection of Hiroshima-style menus and products. Delicious Hiroshima! Please enjoy.

  • Image: A Taste of HIROSHIMA “Tabesai Shop”
  • Image: A Taste of HIROSHIMA “Tabesai Shop”
  • Image: A Taste of HIROSHIMA “Tabesai Shop”
  • Image: A Taste of HIROSHIMA “Tabesai Shop”