- October 5th, 2014
[Furuki in Asahiakwa] Rich Taste Miso Ramen Is Popular
Furuki (ふるき) is a popular ramen restaurant in Midorigaoka, Asahikawa city, and is relatively near Asahikawa Medical University Hospital and Midorigaoka Station. Mr. Mamoru Furuki (古木 守) established the ramen restaurant in 1982. Miso Broth Ramen has a good reputation, so a lot of visitors come to savor the taste. They open a business only at lunchtime, about from 11:00 to 15:00. Regular closing days are Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
A single-storied house with an atmosphere such as the Showa period is not large, but counter seats and table seats are provided, so I guess that even family customers enjoy meals. I visited here around 13:30 on a weekday, the house was built at residential area, and a lot of people gathered only around the ramen restaurant.
High Speed Asahikawa-go (高速あさひかわ号) and Express Nayoro-go (高速なよろ号), express buses, runs between the Asahikawa and the Sapporo, and Taisetsu Liner (たいせつライナー), an express bus, runs between the Asahikawa and the New Chitose Airport, and Sunrise Asahikawa-Kushiro-go (サンライズ旭川・釧路号), an express bus, runs between the Asahikawa and Kushiro, and Limited Express Sekihoku-go (特急石北号), an express bus, runs between the Kitami and Asahikawa, and "North Liner-go (ノースライナー号)", an express bus, runs between the Asahikawa and Obihiro. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Asahikawa Station and Asahikawa Airport.
Asahikawa (旭川) that about 340,000 people live is the 2nd largest commercial city in Hokkaido, and has flourished as the center of the North Hokkaido area. Woodworks have been prosperous since the old days, and furniture is famous. Because water is clear, a liquor such as sake of Otokoyama (男山) and Godo Shusei (合同酒精) are famous, too. Popular tourist attractions such as Asahiyama Zoo (旭山動物園) and Biei (美瑛) are around the Asahikawa, so a lot of tourists use tourist bases in the North Hokkaido. As for a climate, the Asahikawa is located in Kamikawa Basin, the largest basin in the Hokkaido, so it is hot that temperature rises to 30 degrees C in a summer, and it is cold that temperature falls to -25 degrees C in a winter, and it snow very hard, too. So a winter festival using the snow is famous. Read More
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. Read More
Miso Broth Butter Ramen
A lot of preceding customers waited for their turns, so I asked a waitress, then she replied me "I guess that your turn comes for about 20 minutes". A waitress call a customer on the telephone if customers write their names and mobile phone numbers. Therefore I decided to finish an order and wait at my car. After asking her about restraunt's recommendation, she replied me "Miso Broth Butter Ramen (味噌バターラーメン)". I ordered it, and returned to my car. The price was JPY 900. While I was waiting in my car, visitors came one after another. Some overseas visitors came, too.
About 15 minutes later, my name was called by the waitress, and I sat at a counter seat. About 5 minutes later, the Miso Broth Butter Ramen was served. A roasted pork fillet, bamboo shoots, green onions, fried bean sprouts, ground pork and a butter were on noodles. There was much quantity. The noodles made by Asahikawa Making-Noodle Factory (旭川製麺) had a chewy texture. I supposed that the thickness of the roasted pork fillet was about 7 mm.
When I had soup immediately, spicy salty-sweet taste spreaded over in my mouth. It tasted salty, but I felt sweetness such as an apple. The rich taste increased still more when I melted the butter into the soup. I drank up the soup after all. Then a present owner said "Thank you for eating up". This ramen restaurant had a hospitality. By the way, they prepared for closing the restraunt because the soup of the ramen ran out while I was eating. I was glad that I ate the miso butter ramen in time.
Miso Broth Butter Ramen and Atmosphere of Ramen Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (13 Cars)|
|Business hours||Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays 11:00-14:00
* They close a restraunt if soup runs out
|Regular closing day||Sunday, Monday and Tuesday|
|Home page||Home Page is here|
|Mapcode||79 255 023*88|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Asahikawa. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Asahikawa is here
A page of Ramen of Hokkaido is here
Ramen of Hokkaido
By the way, Club Tourism (クラブツーリズム), a Japanese tour travel agency, provides various types of tours such as day trip tours or ordinary tours. In the case of bus tours, tourists do not drive their cars themselves, so they can savor alcohol. Choosen tourist attractions are national parks such as Rishiri and Rebun, Shiretoko, and popular tourist places such as Furano and Biei, and some activities such as hiking and fruit picking are also enjoyed depending on seasons. If you are interested in tour trips, you should visit the club tourism's website for details.
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