- May 5th, 2015
[Nakama in Niseko Kutchan] Seaweed Laver Ball Salt Broth Ramen with Roasted Pork Fillets
Ramen Shop Nakama (ラーメン店 なかま) is a popular ramen restraunt in Kutchan town, Niseko, and is near Kutchan Station and Mishima's Moss Pink Garden (三島さんちの芝桜). Mrs. Katsuko Nakagawa (中川 勝子) established the ramen restraunt in 1997. They got the Bib Gourmand in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition. The ramen restraunt with an atmosphere such as a typical ramen restraunt is not so large. White and red interior decoration is very bright. Counter seats and table seats are provided, so I guess that even family customers enjoy meals.
Mishima's Moss Pink
Mishima's Moss Pink Garden (三島さんちの芝桜) is a private garden in Niseko, Kutchan town located in the western direction of Sapporo city, and is around 1 km away from Kuchan Station. After retirement from a farmer, Mr. Kazuo Mishima (三島和夫) has been planted the moss pink not to prevent tuning a agricultural land into a wasteland since the early 2000s. The moss pink is a perennial plant of the family polemoniaceae native of North America, and is a kind of the phlox. He has expanded the moss pink field every year, and now the park space is 4,000 m2. I was really surprised at the area of moss pink very much when I visited here. Admission free. A free parking lot and a restroom are provided, too. If the parking lot is full, visitors can park their cars at Kutosan Park Parking Lot (くとさんパーク駐車場) and Asahigaoka Park Parking Lot (旭ケ丘公園駐車場). Because the garden is thrown open to visitors in his good faith, the visiotrs follow a manner, and appreciate the moss pink. Read More
Niseko (ニセコ) is the general term for towns and villages around Mt. Yotei (羊蹄山) in the southwestern direction of Sapporo city, and contains Niseko town (ニセコ町), Kutchan town (倶知安町), Kyogoku town (京極町), Makkari village (真狩村), Kimobetsu town (喜茂別町), Kyowa town (共和町), Rankoshi town (蘭越町) and Iwanai town (岩内町). The Niseko means "A river in a gorge" in Ainu language, and the origin of the word is Niseko Anbetsu River (ニセコアンベツ川). In a winter, skiing and snowboarding can be enjoyed, and rafting along Shiribetsu River (尻別川) can be enjoyed in a summer. It is one of the features that the Niseko has various nature such as the Mt. Yotei, Shinsen-numa Swamp (神仙沼) and Oyunuma Pond (大湯沼). In addition, tasty water from the Mt. Yotei and tasty ingredients are abundant. In a spring, cherry blossoms can be enjoyed, summer activities and nature can be enjoyed in a summer, fall foliage can be enjoyed in an autumn, and winter activities can be enjoyed in a winter, so tourists can enjoy the nature of Hokkaido including various onsen and tasty foods in Niseko throughout the year. 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
Seaweed Laver Ball Salt Broth Ramen with Roasted Pork Fillets
I visited here around 17:00 on a weekday. I was the first customer on that day. I sat at a counter seat, and asked a waitress about ramen restraunt's recommendation. She replied me "Ume and Salt Ramen with Roasted Pork Fillets (梅塩チャーシュー) or Seaweed Laver Ball Salt Broth Ramen with Roasted Pork Fillets (海苔玉チャーシュー)". I did not know which to choose, but I finally ordered the Seaweed Laver Ball Salt Broth Ramen with Roasted Pork Fillets. The price was JPY 1050.
About 10 minutes later, the Seaweed Laver Ball Salt Broth Ramen with Roasted Pork Fillets was served. Roasted pork fillets, fried bean sprouts, green onions, bamboo shoots and a seaweed laver ball on noodles. The large roasted pork fillets caught my eyes. The noodles were made by Sagami Making-Noodles Factory (さがみ屋製麺).
It was seemed to be eaten while breaking the seaweed laver ball with chopsticks, and I tryed it immediately. I had a sip of the soup. The taste of seaweed laver was blended with the soup was very tasty! Light soup was added to the taste of the seaweed laver, and I felt that the umami beceme riched. I was surprised at the taste for the first time. I guessed that the Michelin was surprised at this taste. The noodles went well with the soup. The soft roasted pork fillet was also tasty. Thanks for the tasty ramen!
Seaweed Laver Ball Salt Broth Ramen with Roasted Pork Fillets and Atmosphere of Ramen Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (5 Cars)|
|Business hours||11:00-15:00 and 17:00-24:00
* Sunday and National holiday 11:00-24:00
|Regular closing day||Wednesday|
|Home page||Home page is not provided|
|Mapcode||385 810 826*63|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Kutchan. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Niseko 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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