“Unlike its counterparts in Yokohama and Nagasaki, Kobe’s Nankinmachi sets itself apart as being the most colorful and foreign-looking Chinatown in all of Japan” (From Wikipedia). What does that mean? I don’t know. But what I do know is that every single thing we ate was delicious. Which doesn’t usually happen, does it? Usually there are one or two things that turn out to be kinda ave; not as good as they looked/smelt/the huge line indicated. But not here. Everything was delish!
Although it was originally created in France, doria is now found almost exclusively in Japan. It’s basically a rice gratin; rice is either flavoured or topped with other ingredients such as bolognese sauce or sauteed prawns, covered in white sauce and cheese and finally, as if it couldn’t possibly get any better, it’s grilled.
Yesterday, I tried doria for the first time at Kobe Motomachi Doria restaurant at Sanda-Premium Outlets (a ginormous outlet mall with 210 outlet stores!) in Kobe. Our dorias were served bubbling hot in a fonduesque bowl with a small burning fire/candle underneath. Making doria the rice/risotto equivalent of a pasta bake -comfort food at its starchiest.
Also, if you’re ever in or around Kobe, make sure to check out Sanda-premium outlets. Shopping cardio for the win. Thank you dear Yuka and adorable family for taking me there! I can’t wait to go back. I’m addicted. #shopaholicannonymous