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1. Soup Curry

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Japanese style curry is known to be on the dense side.  However, there is also a particular type which is called “soup curry”, with the texture and appearance of a soup. You encounter soup curry everywhere in Japan, but the origin of this special curry dish is none other than Sapporo, where over 200 soup curry joints are found. Loaded with fresh, quality ingredients, soup curry in Hokkaido deserves a special recognition.  “Yellow” in Sapporo center serves numerous selections of various soup curry dishes, curry lovers out there, check it out!

HP: www.yellow1996.com

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HP: www.yellow1996.com (Japanese)

Address: 1-12-19 Elm bldg 1F, Minamisanjo-nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido  (Google Map)

2. Chanchan-yaki Grill

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Chanchan-yaki is a mixed grill menu with salmon and vegetables cooked together on one griddle.  The typical condiment for chanchan-yaki is miso. Traditionally this was a typical recipe for fishermen, but now it is a favorite for every Hokkaido family.  You can taste chanchan-yaki at many pubs in Sapporo.  If you are in Nemuro there is a specialized restaurant “Salmon-tei”, perfect dinner location for salmon fans.

HP: www.shibetsu.net (Japanese Only)

Address: 6-1-2 Kita1jo-nishi, Shibetsu-cho, Shibetsu-gun, Hokkaido (Google Map)

3. Ramen

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You might think you can eat ramen anywhere, everywhere.  But think again!  In Hokkaido, with so many excellent, fresh local specialties readily available, even a bowl of ramen becomes something special.  How about ramen adorned with fresh seafood like crab and scallops, or ramen cooked in the spring water straight from the highest peak of Hokkaido Mt. Daisetsu?  At “Asahifu Ramen” of the Asahikawa airport, you can even try “Milk ramen”.  Served in a special broth with the local fresh milk as its base, and topped with the local butter, asparagus and corn, it’s truly a unique ramen experience.

HP: www.aapb.co.jp (Japanese Only)

Address: 16 Asahikawa Airport Terminal bldg 3F, Higashi 2-sen, Higashikagura-cho, Kamikawa-gun, Hokkaido (Google Map)

4. Ginghis-Khan Barbecue

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Ginghis Khan is a type of barbecue, with mutton, lamb and vegetables cooked on a special iron griddle.  Ginghis Khan grill can be readily found also in Tokyo, but they can be expensive, and the particular odor may not be for everyone.  In the meantime, there are tough competitions going on among numerous Ginghis Khan restaurants in Hokkaido, each one strives to be the best, bringing up the general quality.  “Itadakimasu”of Sapporo is run by a local farm, you can enjoy excellent Hokkaido lamb at great prices.。

HP: じんぎすかん.net (Japanese Only)

Address: 5-1-6 Minami5jo-nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido (Google Map)

5. Ishikari Hot Pot

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Hokkaido’s winter is long and cold, therefore hot pot dinners are very much loved.  “Ishikari Hot Pot”, with its broth made with kombu seaweed and miso, and loaded with salmon, tofu, Japanese white radish, carrots, shiitake mushrooms and leek, is one of the typical Hokkaido hot pot recipes.  As the name suggests, it originates in Ishikari. A historic restaurant“Kindaitei”, where the recipe is said to have been born, is a perfect place to try this dish to warm up your body and soul.。

Address: 1 Shin-machi, Ishikari-shi, Hokkaido (Google Map)

6. Ikameshi – Rice stuffed Calamari

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Ikameshi is a steamed calamari stuffed with rice.  The extra sticky and glutinous mocha-rice is typically used for this recipe.  It is a simple dish seasoned with soy sauce based condiment, all the more so you can savor the goodness of the pure food.  “Shibata”, a shop at the Mori station of the Hakodate Line sells Ikameshi bento.  To taste this delicious bento while enjoying the beautiful landscape aboard the train is one special experience.  Ikameshi also goes very well with Japanese sake, or perhaps too well… so do drink with discretion! 

HP: www.ikameshi.co.jp (Japanese Only)

Address: 32 Honcho, Morimachi-aza, Kayabe-gun, Hokkaido (Google Map)

7. Rui-be – Frozen Sashimi

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Ruibe, frozen salmon sashimi is a traditional specialty of the Ainu, indigenous tribe of Hokkaido.  Salmons are caught during the autumn and winter season and stored frozen, then thinly sliced and served still frozen – in this condition, the excess moisture in the flesh is eliminated, which makes the flavor even more intense.  There are many pubs in Hokkaido which serve ruibe, among which “Nemuro Hamaichiban” of Sapporo is a curious place to try them, where different types of ruibe, with octopus or mackerel pike instead of salmon are available.

HP: hamaichiban.jp (Japanese Only)

Address: 2-1 Kita 3jo-nishi Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido (Google Map)

8. Jaga-Butter – Hot Whole Potato with Butter

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Steaming hot whole potato (boiled, baked or steamed) dressed with butter and salt, “Jaga-butter” is a pure delicacy at its simple best.  No wonder such a simple dish tastes so good in Hokkaido.  Hokkaido is the main producer of potatoes in Japan, and there are many farms which produce fresh butter.  An ideal place to taste Jaga-butter is the famous stall “Tokibi Wagon” inside the Odori Park of Sapporo, where a combo menu of a Jaga-butter and a grilled corn on the cob is offered for mere 300 yen.  An irresistible bargain!

Address: 1 Odori-nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido (Google Map)

9. Escalope

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Escalope, or pork-cutlet served on a bed of risotto seasoned with either butter or ketchup – it is a famous dish of Nemuro-city.  It used to satisfy the hungry fishermen coming back from the sea, but today, it is everyone’s favorite.  Restaurant Dorian, in business for nearly 50 years, is especially popular for their glorious and voluminous escalope. The secret of their escalope is their special, slow cooked demi-glace simmered for over a week. Arrive hungry!

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Address: 2-9 Tokiwa-cho, Nemuro-shi, Hokkaido (Google Map)

10. Teppo Miso Soup

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This is no ordinary miso soup, Teppo miso soup is loaded with fresh crabs caught in Nemuro.  It is called Teppo, which means rifle in Japanese, because the manner the diner picks out the flesh from the crab legs resembles the technique of cleaning a rifle.  The essence of the crab perfectly blends in with the miso, creating a unique, special flavor.  You can enjoy Teppo soup in many pubs and sushi bars of Hokkaido.  At “Shikihanamaru” Tokeidai branch of Sapporo, delicious sushi with Teppo soup can be enjoyed also at lunch time.

HP: www.sushi-hanamaru.com

HP: www.sushi-hanamaru.com (中文)

HP: www.sushi-hanamaru.com (Japanese)

Address: Sapporo Tokeidai bldg. 1F 2-1, Kita1jo, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido (Google Map)

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