Nagasaki Shrimp Toast is an absolutely perfect example of a fusion between Japanese and Chinese foods. The aromatic flavors of sesame and shrimp with undertones of Japanese sake provide it with a unique Nagasaki taste.
“So wait a minute” you may be saying to yourself, “isn’t Shrimp Toast a Chinese dish?” Well yes, absolutely. But Nagasaki has a deeply embedded Chinese culture that goes back for hundreds of years. And although many dishes commonly eaten in Japan have Chinese origins, over the years the Japanese have put their own unique spin on recipes and made them their own. Anybody who has spent time in Nagasaki knows the taste of Nagasaki-Style Chinese food, from noodle dishes such as Champon and Saraudon, to melt in your mouth kakuni manju (stewed pork in a steamed bun), Nagasaki Chinese cuisine is a cuisine unto itself.
In Nagasaki, Chinese food is a staple and people come from all around Japan to experience it. Whenever I am in Nagasaki I visit Shinchi, Nagasaki Chinatown, and order a helping of Shrimp Toast and big heaping bowl of Saraudon. But even if you can’t go yourself, you can try this amazing recipe out. It’s easy to make at home and none of the ingredients are hard to find.
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Nagasaki Shrimp Toast can be served with hot Chinese mustard or sweet chili sauce for dipping. Make sure to enjoy it while hot.