- September 27th, 2015
[Santoka Head Office in Asahikawa] Salt Broth Ramen with Milky White That World People Want to Eat
Ramne Santoka (らーめん山頭火) is a popular ramen chain restaurant run by Ab-out, corp (株式会社アブアウト). in Asahikawa city. Mr Hitoshi Hatanaka (畠中 仁), a chairman, established the ramen restaurant in 1988. The head office given the MICHELIN PLATE by MICHELIN Hokkaido 2017 Special Edition is near Asahikawa station, and some branch ramen restaurants open a business in the Asahikawa, Sapporo, Biei, Sendai, Morioka, Harajuku, Gotanda, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Koshigaya and Naha in Japana. In addition, they also have overseas ramen restaurant as well as the Japan, and some branch ramen restaurants open a business in United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and South Korean. Speaking of the Santoka, Salt Broth Ramen using white pork bone broth soup is famous, and the Santoka get a following worldwide fans.
My visited place is the head office on the 1st floor of Sasaki Building (ささきビル). The ramen restaurant is not so large, and the interior decoration is new. Counter seats and table seats are provided, so I guess that even family customers enjoy meals.
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
Salt Broth Ramen
I visited the head office around 17:00 on a national holiday. It had an atmosphere such as a typical ramen restraunt. No customers came. I sat a table seat, and read a menu. Recommendation of the ramen restaurant was the Salt Broth Ramen (塩ラーメン). I ordered it. The price was JPY 820.
About 5 minutes later, the Salt Broth Ramen was served. While I was waiting for the ramen, 5 groups of customers came to the ramen restraunt in succession. I thought that the Santoka head office was really popular after all. A roasted Pork Fillet, bamboo Shoots, a cloud ear mushroom, a kamaboko with spiral whirlpool-like pattern, green onions and a small Japanese ume were on noodles. I hear that the idea of the Salt Broth Ramen comes from a slim fair skinned woman with thick-color lipsticks. A small Japanese ume only on the Salt Broth Ramen stands out in milky white soup, and I think that it is beautiful color combination.
I had a sip of the soup immediately. The pork broth soup was light taste, but it had Umami, and was tasty. he noodles made by Kato Ramen (加藤ラーメン) went well with the soup. It was also delicious! I savored the real taste of the ramen that world people want to eat. Thanks for the tasty ramen!
Salt Broth Ramen and Atmosphere of Ramen Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Parking lot||Parking is not provided|
|Regular closing day||Open year all round|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||79 343 439*47|
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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