- April 10th, 2014
[Matsuo Genghis Khan Sapporoeki-mae Branch in Sapporo] Takikawa Style Mongolian Barbecue Can Be Savored Even in Sapporo
Matsuo Genghis Khan
Matsuo Genghis Khan (松尾ジンギスカン) is a famous mongolian barbecue chain restraunt founded in 1956, and their head office is in Takikawa city located between Sapporo city and Asahikawa city, and is affectionately called "Matsujin (マツジン)" by Hokkaido people. Mr. Yoshihiro Matsuo (松尾 吉洋) is a company president now. Mongolian Barbecue (Genghis Khan) of Hokkaido has 2 styles, Takikawa style (滝川流) and Tsukisamu style (月寒流), and the Matsuo Genghis Khan is one of the most famous Takikawa style mongolian barbecue restraunts. It is also a feature that they produce and sell sheep meats and sauce themselves. Except the Takikawa, their branch restraunts and franchise restraunts also open a business in the Sapporo, New Chitose Airport, Kitahiroshima, the Asahikawa, Abashiri, Kushiro, Chitose, Iwanai, Iwamizawa, Shinjuku, Akasaka, Ginza and so on.
I visited Sapporoeki-mae Branch (札幌駅前店) on the basement 1st floor of Nihonseimei Sapporo Building (日本生命札幌ビル) around 14:00 on a weekday. The restraunt is very clean, and it has an atmosphere such as non barbecue restraunt. All seats are table seats, so I suppose that family customers also enjoy meals. I think that female customers are likely to favorite it because the restraunt does not has smoke.
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 waitress shown my seat, and I sat at a table seat, and ordered a single serving of lamb immediately. The price was JPY 1040. About 10 minutes later, the lamb with vegetables was served. By the way, they have original mongolian barbecue pan, special order products, and have improved on it since long ago. This is five-generation mongolian barbecue pan at present. A pattern of a pine and a chinese character of "松" are engraved the pan. * 松 means "Pine" in English.
The lamb is produced in Australia and New Zealand. It is said that they remove a sinew and a fat manually. Barbecue sauce made from Apples, Onions, Gingers, Soy Sauce and 10 types of secret spices has a good reputation. It is their policy that eaters should grill ingredients on the top of the pan and boil ingredients in a pool at the bottom of the pan. They make wise remarks with fully utilized sauce. The lamb was tender, and the vegetables were light crunchy texture, so those were tasty. Thanks for tasty meal!
Mongolian Barbecue and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Parking lot||Parking is not provided|
|Business hours||11:00-15:00, 17:00-23:00|
|Regular closing day||Year-end and New Year holidays|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||9 522 433*65|
A page of Sapporo 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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