Travel Japan let's be a foodie in Hokkaido

Hokkaido offers seasonal dishes of all of the four distinct seasons. It is true that the deliciousness and beautiful appearance of these foods lies in the wisdom and devotion of the maker. It is a superb destination for food obsessed travellers.

King Crab

Whether you are looking to eat some awesome authentic seafood dishes or dairy products within Japan, then make your choice wisely. I mean choose your right destination that could fulfil your desire. Anyway, Hokkaido is the right destination for you. Seriously, there are so many yummy dishes that you could hardly find other parts of Japan.

You have to Taste the Dishes from the North of Hokkaido, Japan

Hokkaido Ramen (No-Halal)

Hokkaido ramen is a mix of many different styles, each delectable in its own way. In Sapporo, you’ll find miso ramen with thick, wavy noodles. It’s topped with local ingredients such as Hokkaido butter, sweet corn, and even fresh scallops—proof that seafood finds its way into most great Hokkaido cuisine.

In Hakodate, you can enjoy shio ramen, which has a salty chicken broth sometimes with an added touch of pork. The noodles are thin, straight, and served a bit soft.

Asahikawa is known for its shoyu ramen, a soy-based broth made with chicken, seafood, and pork bone topped with a thin layer of oil that floats on top of the soup. The noodles are thin, wavy, and chewy and are made with a lower water content so they can soak up more ramen broth.

Boiled Potatoes with Butter

Potatoes came to Japan through European traders in the 16th and 17th centuries but production took off in Hokkaido, which is more suited in climate for their growth, being cooler than the rest of the country.

To cook the potatoes just put in a pot full of water. Bring to a gentle boil and simmer for about an hour. Occasionally add water to keep the potatoes covered. Use a bamboo skewer to test the potatoes. If they can be pierced easily, they're done.

Quarter the piping hot potatoes and top with butter and salt. Simple, but Oishiiiiiiiii!

Kaisen Don

Kaisen-don is a donburi, or bowl of hot rice, topped with fresh seafood and sashimi. Common toppings include fat salmon, juicy crab legs, shiny ikura (salmon caviar), sweet scallops, and creamy uni (sea urchin)--and if you think you don’t like uni, just wait until you try it in Hokkaido!

Genghis Khan BBQ (Jingisukan)

The founder of Mongol Empire, Genghis Khan did not invade the Hokkaido region, did he? But there is a popular local specialty named after this great ruler which is locally pronounced as Jingisukan. Please note that it is a grilled mutton dish. A special helmet-shaped pan made from cast iron is used to roast the mutton including other ingredients like cabbage, pumpkin, and bean sprouts.

Sapporo Beer (No-Halal)

Beer is popular in Japan, and the birthplace of beer in Japan is Hokkaido. Sapporo Beer is the oldest and most popular beer brand in the country, first introduced and brewed during the Meiji period in 1877. So for an introduction of the history of beer in Japan and the brewing process, as well as a taste of Sapporo beer straight from the tap. Every kinds of beer in Hokkaido would look to you so appetizing!

Soft Serve Ice Cream (Melon)
Yubari King Melon

Hokkaido’s cold climate and expansive countryside make it ideal for dairy farming, and Hokkaido is famous for its delicious milk, cream, and butter. This high-quality dairy is the secret to Hokkaido “soft cream”, or soft serve ice cream, which tends to have a milkier flavor than other ice creams due to the use of fragrant farm-fresh milk and rich, pure cream.

And Yubari itself is a town, located not far from Sapporo. If you ever have a chance to see Yubari king melon farm then seriously visit it and taste slices of melons. I am sure its sweetness would delight you very much. 

Hokkaido Snacks

Sapporo Nogakko

Due to the popularity of Hokkaido’s agricultural and marine products, they have also been made into delicious confectioneries and snacks to be enjoyed anytime of the day.

Shiroi Koibito (Sweet Selection)
Nama Chocolate (ROYCE)

Make sure you get your hands on the local Shiroi Koibito white chocolate cookies, Royce chocolates that are manufactured in Hokkaido, Jaga Pokkuru potato chips, Yakitokibi corn crackers, as well as yubari melon flavoured jelly and snacks. These are my favourites!

Jaga Pokkuru
Yubari Melon flavoured snacks

Hokkaido snacks make the best souvenirs to bring home for family and friends, and to remind you of all the delicious fares you had in Hokkaido.

Air Asia X’s inaugural flight from Kuala Lumpur to Hokkaido on the 1st October 2015. AirAsia flight D7 550 will be flying from Kuala Lumpur to Sapporo at 11.35pm every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. It will arrive at 8.10am.

Flights from Sapporo to Kuala Lumpur will leave at 9.20am every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and arrive at 5pm.