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Muroran's Curry Ramen

Curry Ramen

So, I've dropped by Muroran, a city just 3 or so hours away from Sapporo by Limited Express train. However I was headed to Kushiro from Hakodate and thought it was a good idea to drop by Muroran just for their well known Curry Ramen. I've had Curry Ramen in different parts of Japan but have never heard of a place that is well-known for it aside from Muroran. I went to a restaurant near by the station to try this soul food which locals often eat. I can tell you that the flavour is definately different from other Curry Ramen I have had in other parts of Japan. If you lie curry then this is a must try because it doesn't taste like the normal curry cubes. The taste is stronger with spice but not as thick as the curry used for other dishes like curry rice or udon. If you drop by this region and have time I highly recommend you to stop by this area and check it out yourself!

Curry Ramen near the station.

Curry Ramen near the station.

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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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