Dekomawashi

Kita Tomomi

Jul 11, 2017

It may look plain at first sight, but Dekomawashi is actually a famous dish in the Iya area of Miyoshi City. Dekomawashi is made from skewering goushiimo potatoes (locally produced in Iya), iwadofu (a type of tofu), konnyaku (devil’s tongue) and barbecuing them.

There’re many theories as to how Dekomawashi got its name. One suggests that when the skewered ingredients are erected in the stove and spun to prevent them from getting burnt, they look like puppets from traditional Japanese theatre Awa Ningyo Joruri (called “deko”). Another suggests that the way people spin and blow on the hot skewered food before eating it resembles the spinning head of the puppet (‘mawashi’ = to spin).

The taste of Dekomawashi is very much similar to miso dengaku (a miso-glazed tofu dish). The aroma of barbecued miso and the softness of the potatoes will make you melt. It costs only 300 yen for a meal at Miyoshi City’s Takimi Shokudou restaurant. Seeing the sticks standing upright getting barbecued can be a curious sight, but you should really try this gourmet classic from Iya when you’re near the Oboke Koboke area!

見た目は一見普通の焼き鳥(yakitori)。しかし、実際は三好市祖谷地方(miyoshishi-iyatihou)の郷土料理で(kyoudoryouri)、ごうしゅういもと呼ばれる地元のじゃがいもと、岩豆腐(iwadouhu)、そば団子、丸こんにゃくの串焼きで出来ています。名前の由来は諸説(syosetsu)ありますが、囲炉裏(irori)に串をたて、焦げるのを避けるために回しながら焼く様子が、伝統芸能(dentougeinou)の阿波人形浄瑠璃(awaningyoujyoururi)の木偶(でこ)人形(dekoningyou)に似ているという説や、食べる際に熱さを和らげるためにふうふう吹きながら串をまわしていた様子が、木偶の頭を回転させている姿に似ている、という説があります。味は味噌田楽(misodengaku)とほぼ似ていて、味噌が焼きあがった香ばしい香りと、じゃがいものほっこりさに舌がとろけてしまいます。三好市の滝美食堂で300円で食べることができます。

串を立てて焼いている様子を見ると人形を囲んでいる怪しい情景にも思えますが、祖谷地方(iyatihou)のご当地グルメなので、ぜひ大歩危小歩危(ooboke-koboke)を観光する際に食べてみてくださいね。

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