At the mention of Nagasaki, many people immediately think of champon, a dish loved by both tourists and locals. It’s said that during the Meiji period a local Chinese restaurant invented the dish with the aim of providing students from China with a filling and nutritious meal. Toaku, an ingredient unique to Nagasaki, is used in the noodles to give them a springy texture. This delicious dish also includes fried vegetables and seafood, brought together with the noodles in a rich soup. Sara udon is another famous dish representative of Nagasaki; one can choose either crispy, thin noodles or thick champon noodles.