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Mapo Yakisoba

Mapo Yakisoba

Mapo Yakisoba is one of many soul food people who live in the prefecture Miyagi eat. What makes this dish so interesting is that other parts of Japan has never thought of adding Mapo Tofu to noodles, only rice. The yakisoba is just plain yakisoba with no sauce or topping. Over the yellowish noodles they pour the hot and spicy Mapo Tofu on top, completely covering up all of the noodles until you can only see Mapo Tofu and the red sauce. I prefer eating this as to the traditional Mapodofu don because not only its something fresh to me but also it goes better with yakisoba in my opinion.

Mapo Yakisoba

Mapo Yakisoba

Posted by Ohana_Matsumae 03:41 Archived in Japan Tagged snow food japan history hotel cow ice resort hot milk power miyajima beef cold tohoku onsen tongue tofu noodles ramen spicy sendai matsushima miso yakisoba miyagi mapo mapo_tofu mapodofu gyutan sengoku date_masamune 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.

Posted by Ohana_Matsumae 04:01 Archived in Japan Tagged snow food fish salmon drink ice ski snowboard castle resort corn hot seafood hokkaido tuna otaru sapporo onsen hell gourmet genghis ramen butter spicy pepper niseko hakodate genghis_khan kaisen_don furano asahikawa hotate jigoku shoyu shio karamiso gengis ebi kaisen Comments (0)

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