Archive for July, 2010

Ramen at Susukino, Hokkaido, Japan

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

The first night in Hokkaido, we stayed at Hotel Royal Stay Sapporo which is close to a subway station (i.e. NOT JR) called Susukino.  Susukino is about 2 miles south of the Sapporo JR station.

ramen across from Hotel Royal Stay Sapporo, Sapporo (Susukino), Hokkaido

When we went out for dinner at night time, we saw a long line across the street from the hotel at a ramen restaurant. Then, we decided to line up on the second night. Well, it was like 11 PM, and we were lining up at the 20th place.

line up for ramen, Sapporo (Susukino), Hokkaido

Almost everyone there are Japanese. I believe they are not local Hokkaido Japanese since it was during a four days public Japanese holiday. Lining up outside the restaurant is never easy.  We were cold, and hungry. And, the worse part is that you are looking at people inside the restaurant eating hot and delicious ramen. After 20 minutes, we were able to sit inside and wait for another 15 minutes to be seated. Let’s check out the menu below…

ramen menu, Sapporo (Susukino), Hokkaido

Here is another menu on the table…

another ramen menu, Sapporo (Susukino), Hokkaido

Here are what we ordered:

Miso ramen, Sapporo (Susukino), Hokkaido

(this is the Miso ramen)

"salty" ramen, Sapporo (Susukino), Hokkaido

(this is the so called “salty” ramen)

Just don’t feel disappointed if you cannot have a chance to have these ramen. I can recommend a great ramen restaurant for you guys which is

Orenchi Ramen, Santa Clara, CA.

Oscar
Founder of FoodPicky.com

Curry Fried Pork over Rice (Katsudon) in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Curry Fried Pork over Rice (Katsudon) near Sapporo JR station, Hokkaido, Japan.

While we were staying at Sapporo Aspen Hotel, we spotted a restaurant across the street from our hotel room.

Restaurant across from Sapporo Aspen Hotel

So, we went there for lunch on the next day.

Katsudon

(Curry Katsudon over Rice)

BBQ meat and seafood

(BBQ meat and seafood stick)

We also find similar BBQ stick from a nearby (1.5 miles away) supermarket behind the Sapporo beer museum (below).

BBQ sticks at a nearby supermarket behind Sapporo beer museum

We only had the curry katsudon over rice. My comment on the katsu is that it was crispy, tender, and juicy. To compare the curry sauce with House Food, it is less sour and less sweet. Perhaps, House Food curry has more lemon juice and sugar.

Anyway, the katsudon is only 600 YEN (US$6.00) which is a great lunch only deal. As for dinner, only the BBQ sticks are available. During night time, most customers are there for the beer and BBQ sticks. They sat there with friends, and chat for a long time. The downside there are many people smoking in the restaurant which is usual in Japan everywhere.

Oscar
Founder of FoodPicky.com

Milk Ice Cream (softcream) in Hokkaido, Japan

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Milk Ice Cream in Hokkaido, Japan

Actually, they call it “softcream” or “soft cream” !

It was around April 2010, I traveled to Hokkaido of Japan with my family.

Hokkaido is the most northern island of Japan.

Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan

We tried three milk ice cream stores in Hokkaido’s Sapporo, Otaru, and the New Chitose International Airport.

milk ice cream in Sapporo JR station, Hokkaido, Japan

Above: I was at the Sapporo JR station, and this was my first taste of milk ice cream in Hokkaido. Well, it was great since I have nothing to compare with.

Then, we traveled to Otaru (in pink below).

Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan

Otaru is called the music city. I don’t know the reason, but there are many stores selling music box. My wife and I bought one for our to be born daughter (Due on Oct 2010), and one for our niece (CCC). Oh, and I bought one for my wife, and she bought one for her best friend’s daughter.

Let’s get back to the ice cream I tried in Otaru.

Nakayama Dairy Farm, Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan

This is the Nakayama Dairy Farm in Otaru. The milk ice cream is a lot smoother, and a lot cheaper (280 YEN = US$2.80) than the Sapporo JR station’s. We ate about 8 milk ice cream per person overall. It’s so good that my wife and I keep going back again and again. The level of sweetness is very acceptable even for my pregnant wife who has gestational diabetes. Her blood sugar level did not went up too much, still under 120 (US scale).

On the last day of our trip in Hokkaido, we visited a milk ice cream store in the New Chitose International Airport. This airport was newly built. It was only one month old. Opened around March 2010. Very clean, I mean, very very clean!!!  Amazing!!! Compare to airport like San Francisco (SFO), or Hong Kong International Airport (HKG), and don’t even mention those in mainland China…. The Japanese did an excellent job keeping things clean and nice. Oh, yeah, back to the ice cream.

New Chitose International Airport, Hokkaido, Japan

New Chitose International Airport, Hokkaido, Japan

Well, I don’t know the name of this store in writing. In English translation, it called “snow” “shadow”. This milk ice cream is a better than Otaru’s although it is more costly. Like 480 YEN (US $4.80). It’s so good that I had two or three. To compare with Nakayama Dairy Farm’s, it is even smoother although the level of sweetness and milk are as good.

I will blog about other food in Hokkaido later.

Oscar
Founder of FoodPicky.com