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Robata Yaki

Robata Yaki

Robata yaki is a way of cooking, usually grilling your food over coal. I've had this amazing experience of robata yaki when I visited Hokkaido. The region that's famous for this style cooking is no other than Kushiro in the Tokachi region of Hokkaido. They usually grill seafood and vegetables over it. Of course the menu item changes depending of which restaurant you go to but overall they serve seafood because Hokkaido is mostly known for delicious and fresh seafood. I ordered a Scallop, chan chan yaki, fish with roe and oysters. Aside from the oysters where they grill it before hand for you, you can grill nearly everything written on the menu on the grill in front of you. I know some people dislike grilling their own food and would ask why would I pay to make my own food? Well this is all about experience of being able to do it in a place and culture which have done it throughout history. This type of cuisine is not just for tourist but also speaks history of they way these people in this region of Hokkaido lived. To understand more about others we have to put ourselves in their position and see through their perspective. This is what amazes me about local cuisine, it tells you a story about not just the food but people and culture. If you are in for an excitement and wouldn't mind this amazing experiencing grilling your own food over coal then this is a type of cuisine you would have to try.

The grill.

The grill.

How you grill.

How you grill.


Already grilled oysters.

Already grilled oysters.

Salmon chanchan yaki grilled robatayaki style.

Salmon chanchan yaki grilled robatayaki style.

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Hakodate Lucky Pierrot

Chinese Chicken Burger or simply known as #1 set.

So you came all the way to Hakodate and I bet the last thing on your mind would be having a hamburger. Yes, you did not read it wrong, I'm talking about hambugers. Everyone thinks Hakodate is all about Shio ramen and seafood but actually Hakodate is quite well known for their Western style cuisine. Today I will be introducing you to the Hakodate chain burger joint called "Lucky Pierrot". Though it is a chain, it can only be found in Hakodate and no where else in Japan, not even other regions of Hokkaido. This is what makes this burger chain "local". The burger to talk about here is the infamous "Chinese Chicken burger". I know the name might sound a little bit racist and tick some people off but I tell you it was tasty. The chicken is fried and marinated in this sweet red sauce (kind of like the sweet and sour pork in Chinese cuisine) and you get 3 inside your burger. When you get your burger is almost always hot and the chicken inside is always juicy. If you get the set it comes with a cut of french fries put in a cup with a kind of white sauce covering them. The sauce is actually made with cream and cheese and if you look further down there is chilli down there too! Every time i get a chance to drop by Hakodate I have to have this burger at least once. Believe me, after one of these bad boys you will keep craving for more.

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Chinese Chicken Burger set

Chinese Chicken Burger set

menu

menu

dessert menu

dessert menu

dessert

dessert

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Hakodate Shio Ramen

Shio Ramen

Hakodate's shio ramen is also a local cuisine eaten among locals. When you think of Hokkaido you would think of miso ramen and not shio but for Hakodate, shio ramen is the way to go. The soup base is made of asari or clams and the they add the shio soup base to make the perfect soup for the ramen. For the noodles they use the thin noodles (hoso-men) and boy let me tell you, that balance is really good. If you want something not that filling but warms your stomach then shio ramen is something you should try especially during the winter. What beats a bowl of hot (atsu atsu) ramen during the cold of winter?

Shio Ramen at one of the more notable restaurant near Goryokaku Tower

Shio Ramen at one of the more notable restaurant near Goryokaku Tower

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Cisco Rice

Cisco Rice

Cisco rice is a really awesome dish you can find in Hakodate. Though this dish is only featured at one restaurant near the Red Brick district, locals (especially students) frequent this joint. So what is this Cisco Rice? Well, it is a plate of buttered rice with a kind of meat sauce and sausages on top. It might sound a little to bland and not special enough to some of you but let me tell you, the taste will just blow your minds away. The rice has just the right amount of saltiness from the butter and combine it with the sweetness of the meat sauce it like a match created in heaven. The sausage might seem to be there for presentation to some people but actually they get their sausages from a local sausage shop called " Carl Raymon". This is what makes this dish so perfect, not only the rice and sauce but the sausages on top. It is cooked just right where when you bite into it you still get the snap you are looking for when you bite into lets say a hot dog. Overall, I absolutely love this place and would recommend it to all you people out there who is thinking of dropping by Hakodate! Also, if you are planning to drop by to look at the beautiful night view of Hakodate, this restaurant is actually close by and you can have an early dinner and warm your stomachs before heading up to the mountain top!

Cisco Rice@California Baby

Cisco Rice@California Baby

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Chanchan Yaki

Chanchan Yaki

Hello, I am back with a dish that is famous in the Hokkaido region called "chan chan yaki". You might all ask, "so what is this "chan chan yaki?" No worries, I am here to tell you all about it. Chan chan yaki is actually a way of cooking your fish, and in Hokkaido they like to grill it over fire. This might seem normal but they slit the fish so it will butterfly open and grill it. While they are grilling it, on the meat section they will put on this miso infused paste and let it gently grill. When its ready to perfection they will serve it to you. The most awesome thing about this dish is the paste which they smother the meat of the fish with. It is a combination of miso and other ingredients which it seems that every shop and family has their own secret rub. Also another thing is that according to region and season the fish changes, I was lucky to have this dish in two separate regions of Hokkaido, Wakkanai (used Hokke) and Kushiro (used Salmon). If you are a fish lover or just want to try new local cuisine and have a chance to come to Hokkaido I will recommend this dish. I don't even like fish but this fish tasted outstanding.

Chanchan yaki in Wakkanai with Hokke

Chanchan yaki in Wakkanai with Hokke

Chanchan yaki in Kushiro with salmon and being grilled robata yaki style

Chanchan yaki in Kushiro with salmon and being grilled robata yaki style

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