- July 18th, 2014
[Hana-chan in Asahikawa] Fried Squid Leg Rice Bowl Is Born by Relationship of Various People
Hana-chan (花ちゃん) is a noodle stand (立ち食いそば屋) at Kagura Shopping Center (神楽中央ショッピングセンター) facing National Route 237 in Kagura, Asahikawa city, and is near Asahikawa City Museum (旭川市博物館) and Asahikawa Taisetsu Arena (大雪アリーナ). Mrs. Masako Aoyama (青山雅子) is a shop maneger. The noodle stand become popular with riders touring in Hokkaido, and they appreciate Fried Squid Leg Rice Bowl (ゲソ丼 * Geso-don). Except it, Soba, Udon, Ramen, Rice Bowls and Curry and Rice are served. Please help yourself to a glass of water.
The Fried Squid Leg Rice Bowl is a bowl with rice (どんぶり * Donburi) topped with the fried squid legs and sliced green onions. Some restraunts serve it in Asahikawa city, but each restraunts cook it in their own ways, so it is said that each dishes are different. Hana-chan's Fried Squid Leg Rice Bowl was covered on Popular Japanese TV program "Himitsu-no-Kenmin Show (秘密のケンミンSHOW)", so a lot of visitors come. The shop has an atomosphere such as a typical good old noodle stand, and a lot of comics are lined on bookshelves, so I guess that local people come to relax themselves. The shop is not large, but it is cozy. Seats are counter seats, so I suppose that family customers and a large number of people can hardly enjoy meals in a busy time.
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
Fried Squid Leg Rice Bowl
I visited here around 16:00 on a weekday. * Their business hour is only lunchtime at present. No one was at the shop. I sat at a counter seat, and read a menu. I found The Fried Squid Leg Rice Bowl called the comfort food of the Asahikawa. It had 2 types of seasonings, Soy Sauce Flavour (醤油ダレ) or Salt Sauce Flavour (塩ダレ), and I ordered the Fried Squid Leg Rice Bowl with the Salt Sauce Flavour. The price was JPY 400.
After waiting for about 5 minutes, and it was served with a dish of pickled radish. The rice was covered with fried squid legs and sliced green onions, and its looks was different from Tempura Rice Bowl, a same type of dish, and I hardly ever saw the looks. I ate a mouthful immediately. It was a little oily, but it had a light taste of the salt sauce flavour, and I finished eatin it.
I asked her about this dish, and she replied "A commercial trucker, a regular customer, felt jealous of an owner's staff meal Fried Squid Legs in about 1998. Furthermore, it was born because it was advised by the trucker when he wanted to eat it with rice together. The salt sauce flavour was born because a female rider from Nagoya was not able to eat the soy sauce flavour dish in about 2008". It is a dish created through a relationship of various people.
Fried Squid Leg Rice Bowl and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Parking lot||Parking is provided (7 Cars)|
|Regular closing day||Sunday|
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|Mapcode||79 341 176*66|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Asahikawa. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
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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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