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Nikuman: One of the attractions of Yokohama Chinatown (and Yoyogi Park)

Finding Nikuman, a steamed meat bun, is very easy in Japan. If it is cold outside, rest assured that it will be available at any convenience store at a reasonable price. So why make it all the way to Chinatown in Yokohama, called chūkagai (中華街) in Japanese?NikumanFor the ultimate taste experience and just for fun! Chinese Nikuman is something you will never forget. It is bigger, juicier, and tastier than the regular store-bought (and more expensive, of course). It is a total bliss to hold a hot steamed meat bun when your hands are freezing!

Sometimes you don’t even have to go to Yokohama, because on festival days in Yoyogi Park Nikuman are sold there.Nikuman

It’s quite convenient if you have already visited Chinatown and only want a piping hot Nikuman to snack on. Keep your eye peeled for stacks of Bamboo Steamer Baskets with fresh Nikuman.NikumanTo be exact, nikuman (肉まん) is a kind of chūkaman (中華まん), Chinese-style steamed bun. It is called a pork bun in English, because usually it contains pork, the favorite meat of Chinese people. You can also see あんまん with くるみ, which means “a bun with bean-jam filling and walnuts”.Nikumanまん is a hiragana spelling of 饅, the first part of “manjūkanji. Manjū is a Japanese name of Chinese mantou, filled or unfilled flour buns. Mantou came from the regions of China where wheat is grown, and was considered a luxurious food.Nikuman

Information

Nikuman in Yoyogi Park (only on festival days)

Address: 2-1 Yoyogi-Kamizonocho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Distance to Airport: 84km from Narita Airport
Opening Hours: park is always open, Nikuman is sold on festival days
Entrance fee: free; prices of Nikuman depend on seller
Tel: 03-3469-6081
Station: JR Harajuku Station
Access: 5 min. walk from JR Harajuku Station
Offical website: Yoyogi Park

Article by Olga Kaneda

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