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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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Chanchan Yaki

Chanchan Yaki

Hello, I am back with a dish that is famous in the Hokkaido region called "chan chan yaki". You might all ask, "so what is this "chan chan yaki?" No worries, I am here to tell you all about it. Chan chan yaki is actually a way of cooking your fish, and in Hokkaido they like to grill it over fire. This might seem normal but they slit the fish so it will butterfly open and grill it. While they are grilling it, on the meat section they will put on this miso infused paste and let it gently grill. When its ready to perfection they will serve it to you. The most awesome thing about this dish is the paste which they smother the meat of the fish with. It is a combination of miso and other ingredients which it seems that every shop and family has their own secret rub. Also another thing is that according to region and season the fish changes, I was lucky to have this dish in two separate regions of Hokkaido, Wakkanai (used Hokke) and Kushiro (used Salmon). If you are a fish lover or just want to try new local cuisine and have a chance to come to Hokkaido I will recommend this dish. I don't even like fish but this fish tasted outstanding.

Chanchan yaki in Wakkanai with Hokke

Chanchan yaki in Wakkanai with Hokke

Chanchan yaki in Kushiro with salmon and being grilled robata yaki style

Chanchan yaki in Kushiro with salmon and being grilled robata yaki style

Posted by Ohana_Matsumae 08:11 Archived in Japan Tagged food hiking ski snowboard hot seafood bears hokkaido otaru sapporo sushi gourmet genghis ramen spicy niseko hakodate soup_curry genghis_khan kaisen_don seafood_don jigoku_ramen furano asahikawa hotate snow_festival yukimatsuri sapporo_tv_tower wakkanai obihiro muroran tokachi nemuro kitami 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!

Posted by Ohana_Matsumae 23:49 Archived in Japan Tagged landscapes waterfalls sunsets_and_sunrises people snow planes food fish mountain drink ice snowboard castle romantic festival resort hot couple seafood yakiniku hokkaido beef sake romance uni otaru sapporo onsen ice_cream sushi udon gourmet powder matsuri genghis butter spicy niseko hakodate unga soup_curry genghis_khan kaisen_don seafood_don jigoku_ramen furano asahikawa hotate snow_festival yukimatsuri sapporo_tv_tower jigoku shoyu shio karamiso gengis ebi kaisen curry_ramen tako maguro ikura amaebi Comments (0)

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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