- April 23rd, 2014
[Ryuho in Otaru] Tasty Large Portion of Hong Kong Style Chow Mein
Ryuho (龍鳳) is a popular Chinese restaurant founded in 1977 in Inaho, Otaru city, and is near Otaru Inaho Post Office and Fishing PAPA. A large portion of Hong Kong Style Chow Mein (あんかけ焼きそば) called the comfort food of the Otaru is famous. Their menu is most of the Hong Kong Style Chow Mein at present. Mt. Tomoki Ota (太田友樹), an owner, trained his cooking skill as a chef at Hotel New Otani Sapporo (ニューオータニ札幌), and he manages the restaurant with his mother because Mr. Kunio Ota (太田洲雄), his father, has succeed to Daimaru ramen (大丸ラーメン).
It is said that the Hong Kong Style Chow Mein in the Otaru was spreaded over by Mr. Koji Kondo (近藤庫司) acted as an executive chef at Otaru center hotel (小樽中央ホテル). A little less than 100 restaurants have adopted the dish on their menus. The most of restaurants in the Otaru serve the Hong Kong Style Chow Mein. It is great influence! * The Hong Kong Style Chow Mein means "Ankake Yakisoba (あんかけ焼そば)" in Japanese. Now, Otaru people form Otaru Ankake Yakisoba PR Committee (小樽あんかけ焼そばPR委員会) to familiarize the Hong Kong Style Chow Mein as the comfort food of the Otaru.
Information Map of Otaru Ankake Yakisoba
A highway bus "Otaru-go (おたる号)" runs between the Otaru and the Sapporo. Unfortunately, the express bus does not run between New Chitose Airport and the Otaru. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Otaru Station.
Otaru (小樽) that 120,000 people live is the 9th largest port city in Hokkaido, and is located in the located in the northwestern part of Sapporo city. It takes about 30 minutes from the Sapporo to the Otaru by a train. The Otaru is one of most popular tourist cities in the Hokkaido, and about 8 million people visit here. It is also well-known as a city with a lot of slopes, and there are 30 slopes with its name, so the Otaru has a lot of slope lands, and has a lot of narrow roads. It is famous as a city with a lot of sushi restaurants, too, and more than 100 sushi restaurants open their businesses. Fresh seafood caught in the Sea of Japan facing the Otaru or caought in various places of the Hokkaido can be enjoyed. As for a climate, the Otaru has calm climate, it is cold in a summer, and it snow hard. The Otaru was called an inaccessible land in the old days because all transportation facilities paralyzed by a heavy snow. Read More
Hong Kong Style Chow Mein
I visited here around 11:00 on weekdays. But the restaurant was almost completely full, and they had very good business. Customers seem to form a line at lunch time. The restraunt was not so large, and had a good atomosphere such as a typical old restaurant. Some table seats were at the building, so I guess that family customers also enjoy meals. I took a table seat, and ordered a soy souce flavored Hong Kong Style Chow Mein (a regular portion) immediately. The price was JPY 800. After waiting for about 10 minutes, and it was served. Anyway, the dish was big! They used 2 ball of noodles in the dish. It was a large portion of the Hong Kong Style Chow Mein.
Ingredients were sliced Chinese cabbages, shrimps, sliced cloud ear mushrooms, pork, soybean sprouts. It tasted thick soy sauce, and I guess that it is suited for a thick taste lover. A platter was a little less than 40 cm in diameter, but I finished eating it without delay. It was a piping dish, and was tasty! They also serve a half-size portion, so I guess that women may also finish eating. Thanks for the meal!
Hong Kong Style Chow Mein and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Parking lot||Parking is provided (7 Cars)|
|Regular closing day||Thursday|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||164 719 893*37|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Otaru. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Otaru 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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