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Genghis Khan

Hokkaido grill lamb and veggies

You probably heard of Genghis Khan before; the leader of the once all powerful mighty empire of Mongol. However, in Hokkaido, Genghis Khan is a name of a popular food. This dish resembles yakiniku but instead of beef, it focuses on lamb and veggies. Lamb is the most popular meat in Hokkaido and you will often find other dishes that uses lamb. After cooking the delicious lamb meat on the grill you dip it into a special sauce and bon appetite! I love Genghis Khan, more than any other meat dishes in Japan. There are many Genghis Khan all-you-can-eat shops in Hokkaido so just feel free to walk into one and try this amazing delicacy.

Genghis Khan at Sapporo Beer Garden

Genghis Khan at Sapporo Beer Garden

Genghis Khan all-you-can-eat in Otaru

Genghis Khan all-you-can-eat in Otaru

PS: It goes amazingly well with beer!

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Kaisen-don

Kaisen-don (Seafood don)

Kaisen-don is what every tourist who goes to Hokkaido and dream about eating aside from the famous Miso ramen. Kaisen means seafood and it has various different kinds of raw seafood being put on top of a bowl of rice. Kaisen-don always comes with wasabi and soy sauce. According to the locals, the correct way of eating a Kaisen don is first, put the wasabi into the soy sauce. Second is to mix it well enough until the soy sauce and wasabi becomes a milky green coloured liquid. Last but not least is to pour this yummy goodness over the seafood itself and bon appetite.

This is a Kaisen don (Uni and Ikura) teishoku (set meal) which I had at a restaurant near Nijo Fish Market in Sapporo

This is a Kaisen don (Uni and Ikura) teishoku (set meal) which I had at a restaurant near Nijo Fish Market in Sapporo

Tip: Aside from Kaisen don, there are very other versions to pick from: Ikura don (Salmon Roe), Uni don (Sea Urchin), Ikura-Uni don (Sea Urchin and Salmon Roe), Ebi-Kani don (Shrimp and Crab), Ebi-Kani-Hotate don (Shrimp, Crab and Scallop), etc.

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Hokkaido Ramen Part One

Jigoku Ramen & Butter Corn Miso Ramen

The most notable ramen in Hokkaido probably is Miso ramen. Everyone come from all around Japan to savour this delicious dish. However to people in Hokkaido, Miso ramen is just one out of many different types of ramen flavours in Hokkaido. If you move towards Asahikawa, they are famous for shoyu flavour ramen and if you move further down south to Hakodate, shio flavour is the flavour there. However in this post I will be talking about two kinds of ramen you can find in Sapporo. The first one will be Jigoku ramen and the second one will be the Butter Corn Miso ramen.

Jigoku ramen, it literally transliterate into Hell ramen. The soup is spicy and if the spice is no enough for you they have different level of spiciness for you to choose from. The toppings are basically what you would find in Hokkaido, a ton of different kinds of seafood and spring onions as toppings.

The true Jigoku Ramen

The true Jigoku Ramen

Other kinds of Jigoku Ramen in Sapporo

Other kinds of Jigoku Ramen in Sapporo

The second ramen I would like to introduce is the Butter Corn Miso Ramen. Everyone knows how good the taste is when you put butter and corn together. Now try adding as a topping to Miso ramen and the explosion of flavour will burst wildly in your mouth (in a good way). The richness of the miso based soup goes along well with the butter being melted into the corn and soup. In fact I do think that the butter melting into the soup enriches the flavour of the miso making everything come together well. Aside from the butter and corn, you have your normal ramen toppings such as chashu pork and some veggies.

Butter Corn Miso Ramen

Butter Corn Miso Ramen

PS: I will come back at a later point in time to talk about Part 2 of Hokkaido Ramen. I will be talking about the Shoyu based ramen in Asahikawa and the Shio based ramen in Hakodate.

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Soup Curry

Curry of the far North

Mostly known as the Snow Country, Hokkaido is best known for its lavender field, Ski Resorts and seafood. Since Hokkaido has long winters and short summers, people in Hokkaido need to find different ways to keep themselves warm. One of the ways to keep themselves warm during the cold winter is by eating hot and tasty food. The most well known of all is the soup curry. Unlike other kinds of curry you find in Japan where it is thick and saucy, soup curry's rue is thin like water. One might think that if it is thin then it might be lacking some flavour. The truth is this magical dish is packed with flavor, probably more than the average curry you find in other parts of Japan. Although soup like, it is made with many different herbs and spices and resembles more of Thai yellow curry. Along with the curry, there are different toppings you can choose from: vegetables, chicken, mutton, etc. If you drop by Hokkaido I recommend you to try out this dish if you haven't yet!

Soup Curry with Chicken Drumstick

Soup Curry with Chicken Drumstick

Soup Curry with Mutton

Soup Curry with Mutton

Soup Curry with Mutton at a different store in Sapporo

Soup Curry with Mutton at a different store in Sapporo

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