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Monday, January 13, 2014

Sake and Soba Kinsuian (酒とそば 錦水庵)| Soba Restaurant | Kuriyama (栗山)

We came to Kuriyama (栗山), 1 hour away from Sapporo, to enjoy delicious sake. Let's go to "Kobayashi Sake Brewery (小林酒造)" first↓

We can try almost all kinds of sake brewed here↓ Wonderful, isn't it?
(If you are interested in the sake brewery and its sake brewery festival (酒蔵まつり), please refer to my other post→)

After enjoying fragrant sake, we went to "Sake and Soba Kinsuian (酒とそば 錦水庵)", a popular soba restaurant.

The house was built in the early 1900's and renovated as a restaurant recently. I love this nostalgic atmosphere!!!

If you love sake, I recommend prix-fixe menu.

They make soba from buckwheat produced in Hokkaido and mother water for sake. How great it is!

I'll show you a 2,000 yen prix-fixe.

■Baked soba miso (そば焼き味噌)
It really really really goes well with sake!!! You could drink a bottle of sake with this small amount of saba miso!!! Hahaha!

■Soba Salad (そばサラダ)
The topping is fried soba. How amazing it is!

■Deep-fried eggplants with minced duck (鴨みそ田楽)
The duck meat is seasoned with soy sauce and miso, and sooooooooooo delicious!!!

■Grilled duck (鴨料理)
Duck produced in Fukagawa (深川) is very famous. When you come to Hokkaido, you should try it!

We really enjoyed sake with these dishes.......

■Two kinds of soba (そば合盛)
I love this course.
Inaka soba (田舎そば) is made of whole grains of buckwheat. That's why it is dark brown. And seiro (せいろ) is made of milled buckwheat.

Both of them are made of same buckwheat, but have different fragrance!!! We enjoyed comparing with each other....

Just for reference,
this is soba with duck tempura (鴨天そば)↓, a seasonable soba available only during the winter time.

Hot soba and cold soba taste completely different, although the noodles are the same! How interesting it is!!

The tempura absorbs the yummy x yummy broth!!

We cannot finish the course without sobayu (そば湯), soba water.

■Soba mochi with red bean sauce (そばがきしるこ)
This is a hot dessert, which is very soft and spongy. I love it!

It goes well with green tea! I feel so happy I was born in Japan!!

■Where is "Sake and Soba Kinsuian (酒とそば 錦水庵)"?

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