I have finally gotten the chance to travel to Wakkanai and try one of their local cuisines. One might think that it is not worth riding the train for 5+ hours from Sapporo just to get here to eat food when you can have it in Sapporo. Well let me tell you, somethings you can only eat in specific pRts of Hokkaido like the dish I am going o talk about in his blog, Tako Shabu. By hearing the name you can probably already imagine how the dish looks or what it is. Yes this dish is a hotpot dish but instead of the normal beef, you substitute it for tako. So for those who are beginners in Japanese, the word "tako" means octopus and yes you cook the Tako in the hotpot. As for the dipping sauce, it changes according to he restaurant you go to. The shop which I went to, the created their shabu dipping sauce with goma sauce, ponzu, white sesame seeds and other secret ingredients. If you want to ru the full experience of this wonderful dish I would suggest you guys to come up to Wakkanai and try it. Of course there are more wonderful dishes aside from this one. I will write about another local dish of this region in a future post.
The restaurant I went to was called "Furusato" or ふる里 in Japanese. It is near he Dormy Inn which is close to Wakkanai station. Please come check it out. The two grannies here are super nice and will definitely brighten your day with their chatting and food.