- September 7th, 2015
[Sugawara Head Office in Asahikawa] Salt Broth Ramen Has Clear Light Soup with Umami
Ramen Sugawara (ラーメンすがわら) is a long-established ramen restraunt founded in 1974 in Asahikawa city, and is near Asahikawa City Hall. Enfoods corp. runs it, and Mr. Daisuke Sato (佐藤 大輔) is a company president. The Sugawara used to have some branch ramen restraunt, but only the head office opens a business now. Speaking of Asahikawa Ramen, Soy Sauce Broth Ramen is famous, but Salt Broth Ramen of the Sugawara has a good reputation.
The ramen restraunt on the 1st floor of Shichifuku Building (七福ビル) near Heiwa Shopping Street (平和通買物公園) is a little large, and has an atmosphere of a typical ramen shop. 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 here around 19:00 on Sunday. 5 groups of customers enjoyed their meals at the ramen restraunt. I sat at a counter seat, and read a menu on a wall. The Salt Broth Ramen must be the most recommended dish because the Salt broth ramen of the menu was written "We have been cooking the Salt Broth Ramen since 40 years ago". I ordered the Salt Broth Ramen (塩ラーメン). The price was JPY 650.
About 7 minutes later, the Salt Broth Ramen was served. How beautiful clear soup is! Their soup took soup broth from pork bone, chicken, vegetables and fishery products. Speaking of the Asahikawa Ramen, double soup mixed animal soup stock with fishery product soup stock is famous, so I wonder if they follow the soup stock of the Asahikawa Ramen. It was light soup, but it had Umami, too. I guess that a light taste enthusiast wants to eat the taste. The noodles were made by Sato Making-noodle Factory (佐藤製麺工場). It is different from Sapporo Ramen, and does not seem to be used egg. The soup went well with the noodles, and it was tasty! Thanks for the tasty meal!
Salt Broth Ramen and Atmosphere of Ramen Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (3 cars)|
|Regular closing day||Monday|
|Home page||Homepage is this|
|Mapcode||79 373 297*30|
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
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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