When people are asked which place we eat Japanese nice food, they answer that it is Hokkaido.
Hokkaido is a producing place of various ingredients. There are fresh fish and good vegetables.
We introduce delicious food of the best sightseeing area, Sapporo, which is the main city of Hokkaido.
This article will help your Hokkaido trip.
Must eat Sapporo food
1. Fresh Fish
Hokkaido is a good area to get fresh fish every day because there is surrounded by the sea.
You eat fresh one everywhere in Hokkaido.
Hokkaido is well-known for the sightseeing spot to eat delicious fish in Japan.
The fish growing in cold sea is fatty and good.
You meet various fresh fish dish such as kaisendon (a rice bowl of fresh fish), sushi, sashimi(sliced fresh fish).
I recommend you eating fresh fish dish during Sapporo sightseeing.
Jingisucan is mutton barbecue. The common cooking method is to grill mutton and vegetables on the iron plate.
Serving mutton soaked in sauce or not soaked depends on the restaurant.
After the war, Japanese people has increasingly worn western styled clothing.
So a lot of sheep was raised to produce wool in Japan. Especially, Hokkaido had a lot of sheep farms.
The situation developed how to cook mutton to eat easily. Now jingisucan is familiar to people.
Most people don’t like mutton because of unique strong aroma. Now, there are some methods to remove the aroma and cook it well. So mutton is popular to tourists.
Some people become to like mutton after eating jingisucan at Sapporo. You will meet great jingisucan in Hokkaido.
3. Soup Curry
The local food of Sapporo is soup curry. There are over 200 soup curry restaurants at Sapporo. It is popular to tourists.
Soup curry is a soup seasoned curry including big-sized vegetables. White rice is on the side.
It is said that the origin is an owner of the restaurant cooks soup including spice and herbal medicine for his sick father.
4. Miso Ramen
Ramen you must eat at Sapporo is Miso ramen. In 1950s, miso ramen was created because a customer requested an owner of “Aji no Sanpei” to put a noodle into miso soup.
Hokkaido is really cold. So you miss this warm and rich tasted miso ramen.
Miso ramen restaurants exist everywhere in Sapporo. The feature of ramen is different depending on the restaurant.
If you come to Sapporo, you try it at various restaurants.
Zangi is a fried seasoned chicken serving in Hokkaido. Originally, zangi was created at Kushiro of Hokkaido. As it was popular, restaurants in Sapporo has served it.
It is said that the origin of zangi is fried big-sized chicken served by a restaurant. Zangi is strongly seasoned with soy sauce, garlic and ginger. This strong taste is the feature of zangi.
All most people like fried chicken. If you come to Hokkaido, please eat zangi with alcohol.
What is the feature of Sapporo food
As Hokkaido is surrounded by the sea, it is said that fish dish is the best in Japan. The taste of fish growing in cold sea are really tasty.
The feature of Hokkaido is any dish using fish is delicious, for example sushi, kaisendon, Japanese hot pot.
Hokkaido is the coldest area in Japan. The method to cook soup and preserved food is developed.
So there are some dish eaten in only Hokkaido which are sampeijiru (soup stewed with fish and vegetables) and ishikarinabe (miso soup with fish and vegetables), ruibe (frozen sliced fish).
Must visit restaurants in Sapporo
1. Hachikyou main shop
Hachikyou is a must visit fish restaurant when you come to Sapporo. The popular menu is tsukko meshi, which is a rice bowl with salmon roe.
You can see the exciting performance that the staff pours salmon roe over bowls of rice until it is almost overflowing the bowl.
We absolutely recommend you eating the rice bowl full of salmon roe.
There are various fish dish. If you like seafood, you must be satisfied at here.
2. Daruma main shop
Daruma is the most famous jingisucan restaurant at Susukino of Sapporo. The restaurant often has a line because it is popular.
Mutton served at the restaurant is thick and not strongly aroma. People who don’t like jingisucan enjoy eating it.
Sauce is handmade and matches mutton. You try to add garlic and hot pepper in it if you want.
There are only 16 seats. It is small but lively. You enjoy your meal.
3. Rojiura Curry SAMURAI. Sakura shop
Rojiura Curry SAMURAI. Sakura shop is a good curry soup restaurant in Hokkaido that most people recommend.
The taste of the soup is really good. So a lot people line up in front of the restaurant. The curry soup based coconut milk has mild but spicy.
You won’t stop eating it. You add toppings that you want to eat.
If you have vegetables disliked, you get your curry soup changed them into others. Soup curry also tell you about good taste of vegetables from Hokkaido
4. Menya Saimi
Saimi is the one of good miso ramen restaurants. The miso ramen with good aroma of miso makes you hungry.
The soup of it is light but rich taste. The wavy noodle is well soaked up soup.
The ramen is topped with grilled pork, seasoned bamboo shoots, Japanese leak and bean sprouts.
You also enjoy the texture of them. If you put grated ginger in the soup in the middle, you will eat it up.
This is our recommended ramen you want to eat it again.
5. Sapporo zangi hompo
If you want to enjoy zangi with lemon sour, this is a good restaurant.
You taste zangi topping with soy sauce, yuzukosyo (a condiment paste made from yuzu zest and chills peppers), red pickled ginger, tartar sauce or salt with seaweed.
This zangi is less strong taste than others. So you enjoy eating it with various topping.
Except zangi, you eat some alcohols, side dishes and set meals.
Hokkaido has the best dish in Japan.
Sapporo which is the main city of Hokkaido has various delicious food like fresh fish, zangi or ramen.
All Sapporo food is really good. If you come to Sapporo, try to eat Sapporo food at various restaurant. However be careful not to eat too much.