Spicy TanTanmen @ Chinchikurin Hiroshima Okonomiyaki

What most people come here for is the Okonomiyaki. You can read more about that here. Now, on with the noodles.

Don’t confuse this with the spicy tantan ramen, this Hiroshima style TanTanMen is a soupless noodle dish that has various levels of spiciness and contains sansho pepper.  You can choose from 1 of 4 levels of spice.  I went with level 2 and it was just enough “numbness” to my lips and tongue.

This dish contains a hearty portion of noodles topped with ground pork, onion, and a sprinkle of chili pepper. The Chinchikurin mixing broth contains a variety of oils and spices. I even noticed a hint of sesame, which gave it a really nice flavor. 

When you get the dish, mix the various ingredients at least 30 times then eat it all! Once you’ve eaten all the noodles, add rice to the remaining mixture and enjoy the rest of remaining ingredients!