5 Specialty Cuisine That You Should Try In Hokkaido
Hokkaido cuisine is one of the northern island’s biggest attractions. Hokkaido is also called “Kingdom of Seafood”, where you can find the freshest sushi, crab, and the other seafood there. You'll regret if you don't try these specialty cuisines in your visit of Hokkaido!
This is the first reason why many tourists from all over the world come to Hokkaido. There, you can enjoy the freshest seafood such as crab, sea urchins, salmon, herring, salmon roe, cod, squid, octopus, abalone, shrimp, and etc. The most amazing of which is most probably crab. Depending on the season, you will be able to enjoy Queen crab, Horsehair crab, and Blue king crab. I recommend you to try “Donburimeshi” (a bowl of rice topped with sea urchins, salmon roe, or scallops).
#2 GENGHIS KHAN ジンギスカン
This is a Japanese grilled mutton dish with cooked vegetables, which are prepared on a metal grill. It is named after the man who founded the Mongol Empire. The mutton is usually dipped in a shoyu (Japanese soy sauce).
#3 ISHIKARI NABE 石狩鍋
This is a Japanese version of salmon soup, which is served in a hot pot. The soup is miso based and includes many types of vegetables. This hot pot style is the best dish for Hokkaido people due to the cold weather in the winter months. The main ingredients are salmon and tofu, which provide protein and will keep you warmer, longer. It is really good to eat during winter in Japan.
#4 Sapporo Ramen 札幌ラーメン
Sapporo, the capital city of Hokkaido, is famous for its ramen. Although the ramen restaurants in Sapporo have several types of ramen, miso ramen is the one most tourists like to have. One of the traits of ramen in Hokkaido is that the soup is usually made with lard to keep the worms of the soup.
#5 IKA SOMEN イカソーメン
“Ika” means squid, and “somen” means thin noodles. It is a type of sashimi, which is made from raw squid cut into fine strips, served with grated ginger and soy sauce. Usually, I do not really like to eat raw squid, except this dish. It is really delicious.
There you have it, a list of the most well-known dishes from Hokkaido, Japan. As you can see, the specialty is seafood. If you are seafood lover, I recommend you to go to Hokkaido! Enjoy and have fun!