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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Asahikawa Ramen Village (旭川ラーメン村)

Do you like ramen?

Ramen is a Japanese noodle dish. It consists of Chinese-style wheat noodles served in a meat- or fish-based broth, often flavored with soy sauce or miso, and uses toppings such as sliced pork, kamaboko, green onions, and occasionally corn.

Almost every locality in Japan has its own variation of ramen, from the tonkotsu (pork bone broth) ramen of Kyushu to the miso ramen of Hokkaido.

Eight popular, long-standing ramen diners from the city of Asahikawa are gathered here at this ramen theme park established in 1996 to excite Asahikawa ramen lovers.

The current lineup of diners is Asahikawa Ramen Aoba, Asahikawa Ramen Ittetsu-an Matsuda, Asahikawa Ramen Ishida, Ramen Shop Tenkin, Ramen Santoka, Ramen Village Saijo, Original Asahikawa Ramen Ichikura, Koubou Kato Ramen, and Asahikawa Ramen Baikoken.

There is a big ramen object in the village. It is taller than I!!!!

Asahikawa ramen is an original Hokkaido ramen hailing from Sapporo that fuses all sorts of noodle cuisine. Its wavy noodles curl around in the dense, hot and oily broth made from pork bone and seafood. Mini servings are available in addition to regulars, allowing you to enjoy and compare the taste of EVERY shop's noodles.

Today, we chose "Saijo".

There are several ramens on the menu, but I recommend Ukokkei (silky fowl) ramen, through which you will become healthier and more beautiful.

■Ukokkei ramen (salt flavor) named Kuroshio (Black Current) ramen

Their ramen features a light and rich broth, cooked while remaining sensitive to health, with simmered whole silky fowls and carefully selected water.

They've captured the victory in the salt flavor category of the Asahikawa Ramen Competition.

Just for reference.....
I'll show you some other shops here!

This is "Santoka", one of the most popular ramen shops in Asahikawa! Its tonkotsu (pork bone) broth is great!!!!!

■Hot miso ramen
It is named hot, but hot for Japanese people. You know, it's mildly hot for people from the rest of the country :)

■ Soy sauce ramen
I love it!!

The sliced pork is the best of the best! It's juicy and tender!

The noodle is not very wavy.

Gyoza (Japnanese dumplings or jiao-zi)

Typical Japanese gyoza is fried like this.

If you want to eat miso ramen, I recommend "Baikoken".

■Miso ramen
It soup is very rich and its menma (bamboo shoots) is very thick!!!
Plz enjoy noodles with a lot of bean sprout!

Its noodles are not very wavy.

If you like to try the orthodox Asahikawa ramen, plz go to "Koubou Kato Ramen".

The first shop, originally soba (buckwheat noodle) restaurant, was founded in 1947,  and created the prototype of Asahikawa-style ramen; thick curly noodles in soy sauce flavored pork bone soup.

 ■Char siu & mayonnaise bowl
This is a bowl of rice topped with minced naganegi onion and chopped grilled pork mixed with mayonnaiseI love it! It really  goes well with ramen!

Aging soy sauce flavored ramen
This is the most popular ramen in this restaurant!
They use seafood and pork bones to make broth and the combination was perfect! This is the origin of Asahikawa ramen!

This ramen village has a souvenir corner and you can buy take-out ramen etc.

But if you love ice cream, plz enjoy Yumabi Melon soft ice cream here!

■Where is Asahikawa Ramen Village?

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■Tour guide information■
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