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Eat Brown Bear and White Bear!? Pretty Kumayaki -Roadside Station Aioi-

March 31st, 2015

Roadside Station "Aioi (あいおい)" is in Tsubetsu town located in the southern part of Kitami city. I heard from Ms. Tani that Bear Shaped Pancake called Kumayaki (クマヤキ) became a popular topic, and visited here. 4 types of the Kumayaki, Brown Bear containing Chunky or Smooth Red Bean Paste (ヒグマのつぶあん), Brown Bear containing Soymilk Custard Cream (ヒグマの豆乳カスタードクリーム), Polar Bear containing Chunky or Smooth Red Bean Paste (シロクマのつぶあん) and Cold Brown Bear containing Chunky or Smooth Red Bean Paste and Fresh Cream (ナマクマのつぶあんと生クリーム). The price was JPY 150 per one.

Appearance of Road Station
Tsubetsu, Kumayaki (Japanese Bear Shaped Pancake) -Roadside Station Aioi-
Appearance of Shop
Tsubetsu, Kumayaki (Japanese Bear Shaped Pancake) -Roadside Station Aioi-
Menu
Tsubetsu, Kumayaki (Japanese Bear Shaped Pancake) -Roadside Station Aioi-

Only 2 types of the Kumayaki were sold when I visited here in 2015 the first time. The price was JPY 120 per one. I was going to purchase those at once, but only the Brown Bear containing Soymilk Custard Cream was sold. The Polar Bear was sold out. It was popular. As for the the Brown Bear containing Soymilk Custard Cream, the brown pancake filled with cream and jam bean. The soymilk was used for its pancake, and a feature was soft and fluffy pancake. I felt that the Brown Bear containing Soymilk Custard Cream was too sweet, but it would be supplied sugar if I was tired. By the way, the Kumayaki has before and behind perfectly, and the back has a tail, too.

Japanese Bear Shaped Pancake from Top
Tsubetsu, Kumayaki (Japanese Bear Shaped Pancake) -Roadside Station Aioi-
Tail on Back
Tsubetsu, Kumayaki (Japanese Bear Shaped Pancake) -Roadside Station Aioi-
Japanese Pancake Filled with Cream
Tsubetsu, Kumayaki (Japanese Bear Shaped Pancake) -Roadside Station Aioi-
I Ate Face
Tsubetsu, Kumayaki (Japanese Bear Shaped Pancake) -Roadside Station Aioi-
Japanese Pancake Containing Bean Jam
Tsubetsu, Kumayaki (Japanese Bear Shaped Pancake) -Roadside Station Aioi-

The road station highly recommend the Kumayaki, and types of the Kumayaki increased when I visited here in 2017. The price was more expensive, too. I bought the Brown Bear containing Soymilk Custard Cream and the Polar Bear containing Chunky or Smooth Red Bean Paste this time. I could see that it was popular for almost visitors to buy the Kumayaki. I was going to eat the Polar Bear containing Chunky or Smooth Red Bean Paste first. The bear shaped dough using Tapioca flour was soft and chewy. The Chunky or Smooth Red Bean Paste produced in Tubetsu was very sweet, so I think it suits for person having a sweet tooth.

Shirokuma (Polar Bear)
Tsubetsu, Kumayaki (Japanese Bear Shaped Pancake) -Roadside Station Aioi-
Chunky or Smooth Red Bean Paste
Tsubetsu, Kumayaki (Japanese Bear Shaped Pancake) -Roadside Station Aioi-

Then I ate the Brown Bear containing Soymilk Custard Cream. Its dough with using homemade soymilk without using water was fluffy. The custard cream was made from the soymilk. But the cream was different from previous cream. It was a shame that the previous fluffy cream was very tasty.

Higuma (Brown Bear)
Tsubetsu, Kumayaki (Japanese Bear Shaped Pancake) -Roadside Station Aioi-
Custard Cream
Tsubetsu, Kumayaki (Japanese Bear Shaped Pancake) -Roadside Station Aioi-
Parking lot Free parking is provided (94 Cars)
Business hours 09:00-18:00 * It changes depending on seasons
Regular closing day Tuesday, the year-end and New Year holidays
Telephone number +81-152-75-9101
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 866 463 123*30

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