One Meal in Nagasaki: Shippoku Cuisine at Hamamatsu

I mentioned in my previous post that we'd taken a quick weekend trip to Nagasaki, Japan mostly to try different foods, as it has the longest history in Japan of integration with the outside world. Along these lines, we stopped by a Hamamatsu location to try their shippoku cuisine (長崎市、浜松卓袱料理).

Arrival -- Nagasaki, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 32mm — 1/400 sec, f/2.8, ISO 4500 — map & image datanearby photos
Arrival
A Different Kind of chain restaurant -- Nagasaki, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 42mm — 1/250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
A Different Kind
of chain restaurant

The place seemed fairly upscale, but it's a chain of about 100 restaurants owned by the same company that does “Ringer Hut” fast food (named after a 19th-century Nagasaki merchant from England).

The shippoku cuisine is (said to be) heavily influenced by the long Chinese presence in Nagasaki, but frankly, it all seemed like “normal” Japanese to me. Whatever you call it, it was tasty, so let's look at the dishes...

Light Soup -- Nagasaki, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 58mm — 1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Light Soup
Sweet Beans -- Nagasaki, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 58mm — 1/400 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Sweet Beans
Assorted mustard & renkon , beef, okura and chicken(?) -- Nagasaki, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 58mm — 1/400 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1800 — map & image datanearby photos
Assorted
mustard & renkon, beef, okura and chicken(?)
As Fresh as You Can Get wasabi root grated in front of us -- Nagasaki, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
As Fresh as You Can Get
wasabi root grated in front of us
Demonstrating -- Nagasaki, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Demonstrating
Various Sashimi -- Nagasaki, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/400 sec, f/2.8, ISO 4500 — map & image datanearby photos
Various Sashimi
Cooked White Fish of some sort, with a tart plum sauce -- Nagasaki, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/400 sec, f/4.5, ISO 4000 — map & image datanearby photos
Cooked White Fish
of some sort, with a tart plum sauce
Fish and Green Miso -- Nagasaki, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 62mm — 1/400 sec, f/4.5, ISO 3600 — map & image datanearby photos
Fish and Green Miso
Something Tasty I forget what these were, but they were crispy on the outside, molten on the inside -- Nagasaki, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 62mm — 1/400 sec, f/4.5, ISO 3600 — map & image datanearby photos
Something Tasty
I forget what these were, but they were crispy on the outside, molten on the inside
Another Assortment eel, chicken, pumpkin, eggplant, daikon -- Nagasaki, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 56mm — 1/400 sec, f/4.5, ISO 5000 — map & image datanearby photos
Another Assortment
eel, chicken, pumpkin, eggplant, daikon
Pork that absolutely melts in your mouth -- Nagasaki, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/200 sec, f/4.5, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Pork
that absolutely melts in your mouth
Lightly Pickled Veggies -- Nagasaki, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 66mm — 1/400 sec, f/4.5, ISO 4500 — map & image datanearby photos
Lightly Pickled Veggies
Another Light Soup the camera freaked out and overexposed this by a couple of stops, recovered as best I could in Lightroom -- Nagasaki, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 58mm — 1/25 sec, f/4.5, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Another Light Soup
the camera freaked out and overexposed this by a couple of stops,
recovered as best I could in Lightroom
Light Dessert watermelon in gelatin -- Nagasaki, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/400 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1100 — map & image datanearby photos
Light Dessert
watermelon in gelatin
Sweet-Bean Soup to end the meal on the same kind of sweet note as it started on -- Nagasaki, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/400 sec, f/2.8, ISO 5000 — map & image datanearby photos
Sweet-Bean Soup
to end the meal on the same kind of sweet note as it started on

A lot of dishes, but each one little, so the amount was just right for me. (You also get Japnese white rice in there, which I forgot to photograph. It looked like rice.)

Having lived in Japan on and off for 20+ years, I find it odd that I don't recognize what makes this meal specific to Nagasaki... it wouldn't surprise me to see something quite similar in Kyoto, except perhaps Kyoto would tend to include tofu and yuba.


All 2 comments so far, oldest first...

Photographing food is difficult, even in the studio, so I admire all the more the great results that you got in a restaurant setting.

— comment by Tom in SF on June 10th, 2013 at 11:29pm JST (4 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

So beautiful!

— comment by Zara on June 28th, 2013 at 11:56pm JST (4 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink
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