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[Sanpei in Sapporo ] Originator of Miso Broth Ramen and Ramen and Rice Combo Meal

March 29th, 2014


Aji-no-Sanpei (味の三平) is a long-established ramen restaurant in Chuo ward, Sapporo city, and is near Odori Park (大通公園). This ramen restaurant locates at a building specialized in stationery called Daimaru Fujii central (大丸藤井セントラル), so visitors can not find it if they imagine an old building for the long-established ramen restaurant. Mr. Morihito Omiya (大宮守人) that cooked Miso Broth Ramen (味噌ラーメン) for the first time started a ramen stall in 1950, so the Sanpei is well-known for the originator of the Miso Broth Ramen.

Shop Curtain
Miso Broth Ramen -Aji-no-Sanpei in Sapporo-

The ramen restaurant is not large, and looks new. Counter seats and table seats are provided, so I guess that even family customers enjoy meals.

Movie of Sanpei

Odori Park

Odori Park (大通公園) is in the very center of Sapporo city, and is located between Sapporo Station and Susukino. Offices and commercial facilities are built around the park, and it is just at very center of the big city. But 92 types 4,700 trees such as lilac, Japanese elm and cherry tree are planted, and fountains and flower beds are built, so the park is well-known as a place of relief for Sapporo citizens as well as tourists. The park has been chosen as one of The 100 Best Roads in Japan (日本の道100選), Japanese City Park Best 100 (日本の都市公園100選), The 100 Best Townscapes (都市景観100選) and Japan's Top 100 Historical Parks (日本の歴史公園100選), so it is one of the most famous parks in Japan. Article is here

Odori Park and Sapporo TV Tower
Odori Park and Sapporo TV Tower


Sapporo (札幌) that about 1,960,000 people live is the largest city in Hokkaido. Although there are various theories, its origin of the name is "Dry Big River (乾いた大きな川)" in Ainu language. A population of the Sapporo is the 4th largest city after Yokohama, Osaka and Nagoya in japan, and the population accounts for 36 % of Hokkaido's population! So the Sapporo has been flourished as the center of the Hokkaido. The area of the Sapporo is 1,121.26 km2, and is about as big as Hong Kong, and is the 7th largest city in the Hokkaido. The Sapporo is also famous as a tourist city, and about 15 million people come. As for a climate, it is hot that temperature rises to nearly 25 degrees in a summer, but it is easy to live without moisture. I always feel a little cool. It is cold that temperature falls to nearly -10 degrees in a winter, and amount of snowfall sometimes has more than 1 m. Article is here



Ramen of Hokkaido

Ramen is a noodle soup dish topped with ingredients. It is said that Chinese noodles is the root of the ramen, and there are various theories, for example, Mr. Mistukuni Tokugawa (徳川光圀 * Mitokomon (水戸黄門)) ate the ramen in 1697 for the first time in Japan or the first ramen was that Keitaimen noodles (経帯麺) served in 1488 was written in Biryueken Diary (蔭涼軒日録). Noodle soup dishes were spread out in Japan because Nanking noodles (南京そば) was served in various China Towns, Japan. In Hakodate with a China Town, Yowaken (養和軒) served the Nanking noodles in 1884. In Sapporo, it is a root of Sapporo Ramen that a noodle soup dish was cooked by Mr. Wang Wen Zai (王 文彩), a chief chef of Takeya Shokudo (竹家食堂), in 1922. Houran (芳蘭), a branch of the Takeya Shokudo, opened a business in 1933 in Asahikawa. Asahikawa Ramen, Sapporo Ramen and Hakodate Ramen called the 3 Major Ramen in Hokkaido were born. But current ramen do not succeed to the taste of those ramen. Article is here

Ramen of Hokkaido

Miso Broth Ramen

I visited here around 13:00 on a weekday. 3 groups of preceding customers enjoyed their meals. I sat a counter seat, and ordered the Miso Broth Ramen called the origination of the Sapporo Miso Broth Ramen. The price was JPY 850. About 5 minutes later, the ramen with a dish of pickled vegetables was served. Ground pork meat, green onions, onions, bean sprouts, cabbages, bamboo shoots and radish sprouts were on noodles.

Miso Broth Ramen from Top
Miso Broth Ramen -Aji-no-Sanpei in Sapporo-

I had a sip of soup. The soup made from pork bone soup stock was light taste, and had a bit salty. A waiter said "First miso precipitates on the bottom of a ramen bowl, so you should stir the soup, and eat the ramen". The noodles made by Nishiyama Making-noodle Factory (西山製麺) were curled, and went well with the soup. Those were tasty! It is said that they served ramen and rice combo for the first time, too. Thanks for the tasty ramen!

Parking lot Parking is not provided
Business hours 11:00-18:30
Regular closing day Monday and Second Tuesday
Telephone number +81-11-231-0377
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 9 492 686*32

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