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Hiyajiru

Hiyajiru

I have been to Miyazaki prefecture before but the last time around I didn't really eat lot. In order to make up for it I tried to eat more this trip to share some new local specialty dishes I've found. In this blog post I will be talking about a dish called the "hiyajiru", which basically means cold soup if you transliterated it directly from Japanese to English. The dish is separated into a bowl of cold soup and a bowl of hot steaming white rice. The cold soup is made from white sesame paste, miso paste, tofu and green onions. It was my first time ever trying the dish and didn't know what to expect but the waitress there was really helpful and she taught me how to eat it. The way you're suppose to eat is to pour some of the cold soup over the rice and eat it. The taste is a little bit sweet and salty with a very deep sesame flavour to it. If you're not allergic to sesame then I would recommednd trying this dish because those who like it will love it! There are many restaurants around Miyazaki city which serves this dish and the procedure of making the soup and the ingredients might also be different. Since I only had 2 days in Miyazaki prefecture and the first day I've spent in in Nobeoka city I could only try the "hiyajiru" at one shop. If you have the time I do recommend maybe trying a few more to see which shops' "hiyajiru" suits your tastebuds more!

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Kiritanpo Nabe

Kiritanpo Nabe

Kiritanpo Nabe is a dish famous in the Northern part of Akita prefecture. Kiritanpo is a type of food made resembling the form of a sausage. Unlike sausages, kiritanpo is made out of rice mashed into a paste and formed into a cylinder form on a stick and is usually cooked near a fireplace. These kiritanpo are then cut in half and put into the nabe (hotpot with vegetables and meat) for boil. Since the kiritanpo cook fast, anything more than a few minutes will make it soggy and break up so it is best to let it sit for 2-3 minutes and take it out of the nabe to eat. If you drop by Akita prefecture, this is a must try local dish!

Before putting the ingredients in.

Before putting the ingredients in.

Kritanpo Nabe.

Kritanpo Nabe.

Posted by Ohana_Matsumae 01:37 Archived in Japan Tagged snow food water drink ice rice chicken kamakura meat yakiniku beef nabe vegetables tohoku sushi pork fresh akita ramen veggies sukiyaki kiritanpo ricecake chikuwa kiritanpo_nabe broth Comments (0)

Ika-somen

Squid somen

Ika-somen is a dish that is most famous in Hakodate, Hokkaido. The word somen is referred to a common type of noodles in Japanese cuisine made of wheat flour and Ika means squid. So if transliterated correctly this dish means Squid noodles. However, there really isn't any noodles involved in this dish. All there is is thinly sliced raw squid, cut into the shape of noodles and served with soy sauce and grated ginger. There are other version of the dipping sauce which includes uni and soy sauce or just wasabi and soy sauce. This dish is a work of art, not only it looks gorgeous on the plate but tastes super fresh and chewy. If you are into raw meat then I would recommend trying this dish.

Ika somen

Ika somen

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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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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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