Thursday, March 11, 2010

Nankinmachi 南京町

Kobe's chinatown (Nankinmachi) is slightly small measuring only 3-4 blocks and it can be accused of being slightly kitschy with its over-the-top Disneyesque (e.g. it's a small world) colors and decorations however, it also offers history, atmosphere and good eats. Nankinmachi developed around the residential area of Chinese merchants who settled in Kobe after the city's port had been opened to foreign trade in 1868 and although the food has a Japanese twist it is still a great place to get dim sum. The steaming hot baozi offered street-side and the moist soup dumplings will not disappoint.

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