- September 27th, 2014
[Butaichi Head Office in Obihiro] Charcoal-Broiled Mesh Patterns of Pork Rice Bowl with Ribs and Loin Looks Tasty
Butaichi (ぶたいち) is a chain store specializing in charcoal-broiled pork rice bowl (炭火焼豚丼専門店) based in Obihiro city. Hokkaido Products Research Laboratory corp. (北海道物産研究所株式会社) has run the pork rice bowl restraunt as a new business since 2011. Mr. Takanaori Sato (佐藤 孝尚) is a company president. The head office is in the Obihiro, and some branches open a business in the Obihiro, Otofuke, Tokyo and Saitama.
My visited place is the head office facing Seinan Streen, and it is located with Obihiro Station and Obihiro Horse Race Track (帯広競馬場). The building has a conspicuous sign, so it is easy to find. The building is not so small, and counter seats and table seats are provided, so I guess that even family customers enjoy meals.
Obihiro Banei Horse Racing
Obihiro Banei Horse Racing (帯広ばんえい競馬) is the only horse racing style in the world. Horses with a sled rival each other in power and speed. The horses have a good battle in Obihiro Horse Race Track located in the center of Obihiro city. The horse racing is often held in Saturday, Sunday and Monday through the year except April, and opening hours is different depending on seasons, and a night horse racing (ナイター開催), a twilight horse racing (薄暮開催), a daytime horse racing (デイ開催) are held. Illumination can be enjoyed in the night horse racing. The top grade horse racing is Banei Memorial (ばんえい記念) at the end of the fiscal year, and the last big horse racing is like Arima Memorial (有馬記念) of Japan Racing Association. Admission is JPY 100. A parking lot is free of charge. Read More
By the way, a highway bus "Potato Liner (ポテトライナー)" runs between the Obihiro and the Sapporo, and a express bus "North Liner-go (ノースライナー号)" runs between the Obihiro and Asahikawa. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Obihiro Station and Obihiro Airport.
Obihiro (帯広) that about 170,000 people live is the 6th largest commercial city in Hokkaido, and is one of regional hub cities of the Eastern Hokkaido area. It has flourished as the center of the Tokachi district. The Obihiro is also a stockyard for agricultural products in whole Tokachi district, and Potato, Beet, Wheat and Chinese Yam are famous as a local product. As for a climate, it is hot that temperature rises to nearly 30 degrees in a summer, and it is cold that temperature falls to nearly -20 degrees in a winter. It has a large temperature gap, but it has less snow relatively in the Hokkaido. Therefore skating is popular in the winter. Mr. Hiroyasu Shimizu, an olympic gold medalist, come from the Obihiro, and there is much competition population of the skating. Read More
Pork Rice Bowl of Hokkaido
Pork Rice Bowl (豚丼) is a rice bowl dish dished up grilled pork with sauce on rice. It is said that Mr. Hideshi Abe (阿部 秀司), the founder of Pancho (ぱんちょう) in Obihiro, made the Pork Rice Bowl for the first time. So it has been famous in the eastern part of Hokkaido, but the dish is well-known in the whole of Japan now. The feature is that grilled pork overflows from a lid of a bowl. About 200 restaurants sell the Pork Rice Bowl even around the Obihiro, Tokachi. Each restaurants are particular about sauce and types of pork. Standard sauce of pork rice bowl in the Obihiro is salty-sweet sauce, but some restaurants such as "Tsuruhashi (鶴橋)" serve a pork rice bowl with bitter sauce, so each restaurants compete on the original taste. As for types of the pork, a lots of restaurants use various pork such as pork loins, pork ribs, superfine pork loins and superfine pork ribs. Read More
Pork Rice Bowl
Since my friend recommended ro me that you should eat a pork rice bowl of the Butaichi, I visited here early in the evening on a weekday. The Butaichi uses a meal ticket system, and first customers should buy a meal ticket via a ticket vendor near the entrance. Their pork rice bowl has lots of types such as pork loins (ロース), pork ribs (バラ), pork medallions (ヒレ), superfine pork loins (特上ロース) and superfine pork ribs (特上バラ). Furthermore, customers can choose to mix the pork loins with the pork ribs and mix the superfine pork loins with the superfine pork ribs. A quantity of rice are 4 types, too. The ticket vendor has 54 buttons. I did not decide what I should eat. Finally, I ordered a Pork Rice Bowl with Boned Ribs and Pork Loin (ロースとバラのミックス), and the quantity of the rice was regular size (普通盛). The price was JPY 890.
About 10 minutes later, the pork rice bowl was served with a bowl of miso soup and a dish of pickled radish. The pork had charcoal-broiled mesh patterns, and looked tasty. The appearance sharpened my appetite. I ate a bite of it immediately. It was tasty! The sweet-salty flavored pork was tender. When I ate the pork with rice, the taste of sauce and pork juice were put together with sweetness of the rice, and spread over in my mouth. I could not help eating. Thank you for the tasty meal!
Pork Rice Bowl and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Parking lot||Parking is provided (10 Cars)|
|Regular closing day||Irregular closing day|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||124 623 017*82|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Obihiro. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Obihiro is here
A page of Pork Rice Bowl of Hokkaido is here
Pork Rice Bowl of Hokkaido
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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