[Genghis Khan Daruma Head Office in Sapporo] A Lot of People Line Up to Eat Tasty Mongolian Mutton Barbecue
June 10th, 2015
Genghis Khan Daruma (成吉思汗だるま) is a popular mongolian barbecue restraunt founded in 1954 in Susukino, Chuo ward, Sapporo city. Mrs. Sumiko Kanezuka (金官 澄子) is a proprietress now. The mongolian barbecue restraunt is one of the most popular mongolian barbecue with a long line in Hokkaido, and has the head office and 4 branch stores in the Susukino. Tender lamb and an atmosphere of a restraunt filled with smoke have a good reputation. But the head office has been renewed since 2018. Unfortunately, they do not seems to allow to take a photo at their restraunts now. An article before ban is as follows.
I visited the head office. Their opening hour was 17:00. 15 people lined up before the opening hour. I did not think that the Daruma was crowded like this although it was a weekday. The restraunt was small, and O-shaped counter table was at the center of the restraunt. All seats are counter seats, so I guess that family customers and a large number of visitors can hardly to enjoy meals in a busy time. The interior decoration had an atmosphere such as the Showa period, and was very Shibui!
Sapporo (札幌) that about 1,960,000 people live is the largest city in Hokkaido. Although there are various theories, its origin of the name is "Dry Big River (乾いた大きな川)" in Ainu language. A population of the Sapporo is the 4th largest city after Yokohama, Osaka and Nagoya in japan, and the population accounts for 36 % of Hokkaido's population! So the Sapporo has been flourished as the center of the Hokkaido. The area of the Sapporo is 1,121.26 km2, and is about as big as Hong Kong, and is the 7th largest city in the Hokkaido. The Sapporo is also famous as a tourist city, and about 15 million people come. As for a climate, it is hot that temperature rises to nearly 25 degrees in a summer, but it is easy to live without moisture. I always feel a little cool. It is cold that temperature falls to nearly -10 degrees in a winter, and amount of snowfall sometimes has more than 1 m. Article is here
Mongolian Barbecue of Hokkaido
Genghis Khan (ジンギスカン * Mongolian barbecue) is one of the most famous local dishes of Hokkaido, and is a dish to grill sheep meats and vegetables, and is called the comfort food of Hokkaido people. Except the Hokkaido, the Genghis Khan is also a familiar local dish in a part of Iwate Prefecture or Nagano Prefecture. The reason why the Hokkaido is closely related to the mongolian barbecue is that 5 national sheep breeding ranches were built in Takikawa (滝川), Tsukisamu (月寒), Tomobe (友部) in Ibaraki Prefecture, Hojo (北条) in Ehime Prefecture and Kumamoto (熊本) after Japanese goverment declared a production increase of wool in Meiji period. In those days, Japanese had no custom of eating meat, and did not like the taste since the sheep meats had unique taste. But the Genghis Khan is one of devised dishes for using the sheep meats as well as the wool without being wasted. Indeed, the sheep meats are different from beef and pork, and have the unique taste, so it has people divided between those that like it and those that hate it. On the contrary, the unique taste may captivate the Hokkaido people's taste buds. Article is here
After waiting for a short time, a waitress shown me a counter seat. A stocky mongolian barbecue pan on a portable clay cooking stove was so good. Their Mongolian Barbecue was Tsukisamu style without soaking in sauce. When I sat at the counter seat, one dish of mutton and vegetables (onion and green onion are served free of charge) were served without ordering automatically. Because a waitress asked me what you order drink, I ordered a glass of draft beer. The price was JPY 500. A plate of the mutton was JPY 798. I put some mutton on the mongolian barbecue pan, and those were grilled for about 5 minutes.
The customers can add a garlic paste and a mixture of ground pepper to specially made sauce as they like, and it was very tasty when I dip the mutton into the sauce and ate it. My first bite was tasty in particular. A customer next to me could not help making a sound "Yummy!". The mutton was very tender, and medium-rare mutton was just tasty. As for the onion, sweetness was good.
Anyway I ate 3 dishes of the mutton. A person that was very knowledgeable about the Daruma seemed to mix rest of the sauce with roasted green tea and to drink it, and I followed him, and drank it. Sourness was tasty. My payment was JPY 3,299. When I left the restraunt around 17:30, 6 people lined up at an entrance. The Daruma was very popular, after all.
Mongolian Barbecue and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Parking lot||Parking is not provided|
|Regular closing day||Year-end and New Year holidays|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||9 492 172*65|
A page of Sapporo is here