- April 16th, 2014
[Heiwaen Shiroishi Branch in Sapporo] Very Reasonable Mongolian Mutton Barbecue Meal Set
Heiwaen (平和園) is a popular mongolian barbecue chain restraunt founded in 1970, and the head office is in Obihiro city. They adopt grilled meat style mongolian barbecue without using mongolian barbecue pan for the first time in Japan. Mr. Takanori Nitta (新田 隆教) is a company president now. Except the Obihiro, their branch restraunts also open a business in Makubetsu, Otofuke, Memuro and Sapporo. I visited Shiraishi branch (白石分店) to eat mongolian barbecue with my friend. All seats are table seats, and there are 2 types tables, so customers sit a seat after taking off their shoes or sit a seat without taking off their shoes. I suppose that family customers also enjoy meals.
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
A toasting net is on a table. Liquids drop on the net, so its grilling style looks like Tsukisamu style. They are particular about serving meats for spending time and effort on cutting meat manually and seasoning meats with barbecue sauce called "Ichozuke (一丁付)" in every order. Furthermore, their prices are very reasonable, too. I can not help surprising at the price, JPY 520, of Mongolian Barbecue Noon Meal. Except mutton or lamb, customers can order organs, tongues, diaphragm meats, rice, bibimbap, kimuchi and so on.
Mongolian Mutton Barbecue and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Parking lot||Parking is provided (30 Cars)|
|Business hours||Weekdays 11:30-15:00 and 17:00-22:30. Weekends and National holidays 11:30-22:30.|
|Regular closing day||Year-end and New Year holidays|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||9 499 302*03|
A page of Sapporo is here
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