A relaxing view of Hokkaido, Japan. -Photo by John Cummings under CC BY 2.0

HOKKAIDO: ALL OF THE RESTAURANTS PICKED BY ANTHONY BOURDAIN ON NO RESERVATIONS

In his exploration of international cuisine, Anthony Bourdain experienced the timeless and carefree culture of Hokkaido by having a taste of its traditional dishes. Here are the delicious dishes and destinations featured on No Reservations – Anthony Bourdain Hokkaido, Japan Season 7 Episode 8 (originally aired April 25, 2011):

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Miso Ramen – Anthony Bourdain Hokkaido

WHAT IS IT?

Miso Ramen is a Japanese noodle soup that originated in Hokkaido in the 1930s. The heart and soul of ramen is the broth, which is usually made from boiled pork bones. Noodles, on the other hand, are also important in this dish, and good noodles must be made using fresh eggs. A ramen soup can also come with different toppings including pork belly, scallops, shrimp, chicken, butter, corn, and many more! This is indeed a complete meal.

WHERE TO FIND IT?

Ganso Ramen Yokocho (Original Ramen Alley)
3 Chome Minami 5 Jonishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo
Hokkaido 064-0805, Japan

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Kaisen Chirashi Don – Anthony Bourdain Hokkaido

WHAT IS IT?

Chirashi is a big bowl of rice topped by “scattered” fish or seafood. “Don” simply means bowl! Wakakoma restaurant is famous for its “13-seafood bowl”, but Anthony had a simple bowl of rice topped with a mountain of sea urchin and some roe. “How can anyone not love this?”, asked a drooling Bourdain while staring at his bowl. Do like Tony and have it with a beer!

WHERE TO FIND IT?

Wakakoma Restaurant
21 Chome-1-11 Kita 11 Jonishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo
Hokkaido 060-0011, Japan

Yakitori

WHAT IS IT?

Yakitori is skewered chicken that is grilled in charcoal. They’re usually eaten with some sort of alcohol: beer, saké or sochu. (Tony also had “fish sperm sacks”. Bottoms up?)

WHERE TO FIND IT?

Yakitori Torimatsu
1 Chome-4-3 Kita 3 Jonishi, Kutchan, Abuta District
Hokkaido 044-0053, Japan

Soba

WHAT IS IT?

Soba refers to thin noodles made from buckwheat flour. In Anthony Bourdain’s episode in Niseko, Hokkaido, every noodle strand is delicately made by Master Tatsuro Raisan, who has been practicing this art for several years. If you want to experience this delicious meal, check out the address below.

WHERE TO FIND IT?

Rakuichi Soba
431 Niseko, 字 Niseko, Abuta District
Hokkaido 048-1511, Japan

WHAT IS IT?

Robatayaki

WHAT IS IT?

Robatayaki refers to the method of cooking using charcoal. In robatayaki, many dishes are prepared in just one serving. You may enjoy different kinds of grilled seafood like crabs, scallops, and fish. Once you’re done with the meal, sake (rice wine) is the best dessert in robatayaki. What is more interesting in this culture is you get to wear a traditional Japanese costume for this dining experience.

WHERE TO FIND IT?

Noboribetsu Onsen Kyo Takinoya
162 Noboribetsuonsencho, Noboribetsu,
Hokkaido 059-0551, Japan