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Hokkaido local foods and drinks vol.1

Introducing here is some Hokkaido local food we cannot get even other areas in Japan.
Those food only available in Hokkaido is very popular for local people with certified taste, so may be reasonable souvenir to your friends as well as eating by yourself.


Dried Komai fish(むしりこまい)

Komai fish is written as 氷下魚 in Chinese character, which means fish under ice. It lives under cold sea , so is common fish for Hokkaido local people though it would not be popular for most Japanese people. The taste of grilled Komai fish is similar to grilled cod fish as both of them belongs to same classification of fish. By the way, this dried Komai fish is often eat when we drink alcohols as the tast mathes Japanese sake or even beer.
Not a few local people like to dip mayonnaise on it. If you have a chance to get dried Komai fish, I recommend to enjoy both original taste and the taste with mayonnaise!



Dried salmon(鮭スティック、とば)

Dried salmon is also very popular snack in Hokkaido, but uncommon food for most Japanese people. If you like seafood especially love raw salmon, try the dried salmon as well! As you see, the colour of salmon between dried one and raw one is different, so you may not notice the dried one is made by salmon at first sight.
The texture of dried salmon is hard, but the more you bite, the better it tastes!

Both dried Komai fish and dried salmon are sold at convenient stores and supermarkets in Hokkaido.

My best soft ice cream in Sapporo – Hakko Gakuen farmars market

Let me share my favourite soft ice cream in Sapporo in this post because ordinary tourist information doesn’t include it and it’s really really delicious!
The ice cream shop located in a farmers market is operated by Hokkaido Junior College Of Agriculture and it also sells vegetable that farmers working in Sapporo suburbs grow.
Milk used to make the ice cream is just brought from cows which are carefully grew up by students of junior college, and the taste of the ice cream is not like normal vanilla but fresh milk itself.

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Most common customers there are local people who has been eating delicious ice cream since childhood. As you may know, fresh milk or ice cream is one of the specialties in Hokkaido, and most of them are very tasty even if you eat it anywhere in Hokkaido. I also agree with an opinion that all ice cream in Hokkaido is much delicious than the one tried in Tokyo or other big cities in Japan, but not a few Sapporo citizens assume ice cream at Hakko Gakuen farmers market is ranked as number one.
The shop is located in Tsukisamu district, a residential area in Sapporo, just 30 min drive away from Sapporo railway station. It is not a big farming area like Furano or Biei, but scenery around the farmers market is as if in a remote area surrounded by nature. Once you visits there, you would fall in love with the environment as well as the taste of soft ice cream !
*Unfortunately, the ice cream is not sold during winter (normally from Nov to mid Apr)

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Hakko Gakuen Farmers Market
Address: 1-12, 2-13 Tsukisamu Higashi, Toyohira, Sapporo
Open: 10:00~17:00
*The ice cream is only sold in the period from late Apr to Oct.

Ebisoba Ichigen at Hokkaido Ramen Dojo

There are a lot of popular ramen shops in Sapporo. Among them, I introduce “Ebisoba Ichigen”, one of my favorite Ramen shops recently. “Ebisoba Ichigen”‘s central branch is located in Sapporo city center, and a branch shop is even located in Tokyo, however the most convenient branch for travellers to Hokkaido would be New Chitose airport branch.
If you come to the international terminal in New Chitose airport, you need to move to the domestic terminal which has the shopping zone and restaurants area. Reaching 3rd floor of the domestic terminal, you could find “Hokkaido Ramen Dojo” many popular ramen shops are gathering. “Ebisoba Ichigen” is just standing very close to the entrance of it.ichigen1
By the way, the characteristic of ramen by “Ebisoba Ichigen” is the noodle soup made of prawn just as the shop name implies. (Ebi in Japanese means prawn). You can select a favorite taste from three kinds, Ebi shoyu, Ebi miso and Ebi shio, and also choose the thickness of each soup such as Sonomama, a standard prawn soup, Hodohodo, a prawn + pork based Tonkotsu soup and Ajiwai which is much thicker taste of Hodohodo. The shop has the menu in English, Chinese and Korean, so it is easy to order any ramen for people who don’t understand Japanese too.


ichigen2 Ramen offered by “Ebisoba Ichigen” may not like traditional Hokkaido Ramen, but once you try it, may be addicted it like me! Unfortunately, the chance we can eat it is only on the occasion we stay in Japan because “Ebisoba Ichigen” has no overseas branches, however it offers packed ramen which enable us to get at the supermarkets in Sapporo. If you buy it, can also try the authentic Ebisoba Ichigen Ramn at your own country. I actually get some when I go back to Sapporo and bring them back to China where I currently live in. The process to cook this packed ramen is different from ordinary instant noodle as noodle and soup need to be boiled separately, and noodle type used is fresh type rather than dry type like normal instant noodle. It takes more time consumed to prepare a bawl of ramen than normal instant noodle, but the taste is much close to the one we try at the actual ramen shop.
I also recommend the packed ramen as a souvenir for friends who especially like Japanese food.

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Ebisoba Ichigen

Address: 3F New Chitose Airport domestic terminal
Open: 10:00-21:00

Eat Hokkaido’s speciality – Genghis Khan

You would find there are many chances to eat delicious seafood when you visit to Hokkaido, on the other hand, may miss some meat during travel around this seafood paradise. If you feel eating any meat, I recommend the mutton and vegetable dish, called as “Genghis Khan” which is known as Hokkaido’s speciality. In general, meats eaten in Japan are beef, pork and chicken, but mutton or lamb are very common for Hokkaido local people. Considering overall Japan, most areas of Japan except Hokkaido don’t provide sheep meat in the restaurants so much, therefore if you visit Hokkaido, I especially recommend you to enjoy “Genghis Khan” at the local restaurant.
There are a few types of “Genghis Khan”. If you are interested in traditional one, a Genghis Khan restaurant, “Daruma” which provides fresh and tender mutton meat with special sauce and fresh vegetables is good choice to enjoy it. “Daruma” has been keeping its original taste since 1956. Mutton meats grilled on clay charcoal brazier are rich and very juicy, which would surely attract you once you taste it.
By the way, “Genghis Khan” is eaten not only at restaurants but also at home. It is grilled on the pan as home cuisine or enjoyed at outside BBQ as party dishes.

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Information about “Daruma”
*The most convenient subway station for all branches is Susukino station
*Daruma is very popular for both local people and tourists, so you may need to que and wait for a while. Around 17:00, just the time restaurants open or after 22:00 is better timing to visit if you don’t want to wait for a long time.

Daruma-Main branch
Address: 1F Crystal building, Minami 5 Nishi 4, Chuo-Ku, Sapporo
Open: 17:00-3:00

Daruma-6.4 branch
Address: 1F Noguchi building, Nakadori, Minami 6 Nishi 4, Chuo-ku, Sapporo
Open: 17:00-5:00
*This is the biggest branch which has 26 seats.

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Address:
Minami 4 Nishi 4 Chuo-ku, Sapporo
Open: 17:00-3:00
*This branch is closest to subway Susukino station and located just behind of Lafiler.

Daruma-4.4 branch 2 floor restaurant
Address:
2nd floor of Daruma-4.4branch
Open: 17:00~3:00
*This branch is especially recommended to ladies who mind smoke and smell of grilled meat. Smoke ventilation and lockers are equipped.

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Eat Miso ramen at Yoshino

Speaking of Sapporo local food, most travellers may come up with Ramen first.
Sapporo especially has a lot of Ramen restaurants, and it is said there are more than 600 ramen restaurants in the city.
Ramen is one of the soul foods for most Hokkaido local people.
Asahikawa city is famous for soy source taste ramen, Hakodate city is the city of the salt taste ramen and Sapporo city is famous for Miso taste ramen, even though those cities are all located in Hokkaido.
I will introduce a delicious Miso taste ramen I’ve eaten at Sapporo city center.
The ramen restaurant is Yoshino (よし乃) which is located in the underground shopping center very close to Sapporo station. Though its central branch is located in Asahikawa city, the most popular taste in Yoshino is Miso taste ramen (JPY 800). The soup looks very rich, but you would find it is not actually heavy after eating it. The rich soup matches wavy and medium thin noodle very much. Yoshino serves traditional Hokkaido ramen which includes stir-fried bean sprouts, and onions on the noodles.
When you order any ramen at Yoshino, firstly have to buy meal voucher at the vending machine in front of the restaurant. If you have any trouble about the way of buying voucher, please ask the restaurant staff to show you English menu.
The shop is not very big with 18 seats only, and so you might wait for a while at the lunch time. However, don’t worry! it would not become more than 30 minutes, because most local customer can finish eating Ramen within 30 minutes after it serves!

Yoshino (APIA Branch)
Address: APIA Joyful walk Kita 5 Nishi 4, Chuo Ku, Sapporo
Open: 10:30〜21:30
Official Website: http://www.asahikawa.co.jp/