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[Kukai in Eniwa] Pork Rice Bowl and Buckwheat Noodles Are Rated by MICHELIN GUIDE

April 16th, 2015

Kukai

Grilled Pork over Charcoal Fire Kukai (炭焼豚丼 空海) is a famous pork rice bowl restraunt in Eniwa city located in the southeastern part of Sapporo city, and is relatively near Shimamatsu Station. Mr. Takeshi Watanabe (渡邊 猛) is a restraunt owner. He established the restraunt in 1998 in the Sapporo, and moved the restraunt from the Sapporo to the Eniwa in 2011. They got the Bib Gourmand in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition and 2017 Special Edition, and it has got popular more. A line is formed at lunchtime. In addition, visitors sometimes have a long wait, so it is not allow to enter the restraunt with infants.

Appearance of Building
Eniwa, Pork Rice Bowl -Kukai-

The restraunt has an atomosphere such as a typical local restraunt, and is not large. Counter seats and table seats are provided, so I guess that even family customers enjoy meals. But note that young children can not enter the restraunt.

Look of Restaurant
Eniwa, Pork Rice Bowl -Kukai-

Buckwheat Noodles of Hokkaido

Hokkaido occupies about 40% of buckwheat production of Japan, and is the largest buckwheat production in the Japan, and Nagano prefecture, Ibaraki prefecture, Fukushima prefecture and so on follow the Hokkaido. The climate is cool in a summer, and a large temperature gap is great for good buckwheat, and the buckwheat production of the Hokkaido is increasing. Horokanai (幌加内), Fukagawa (深川) and Otoineppu (音威子府) are the 3 largest production places. Especially, the Horokanai is the best buckwheat production and the largest planted area in the Japan, and is well-known as a buckwheat town, and uses buckwheat fields as tourist attractions well. In Fukushima town, Sengen Soba Buckwheat Flowers Viewing Party (千軒そばの花鑑賞会) is held in buckwheat fields, and a fantastic conbination of the buckwheat fields and Matsumae Kagura (松前神楽) can be enjoyed. Article is here

Buckwheat Noodles
Buckwheat Noodles of Hokkaido

Pork Rice Bowl and Buckwheat Noodles

I visited here around 11:00, just opening hour, on a weekday. I sat a counter seat, and read a menu. Because this restraunt was also well-known for serving tasty buckwheat noodles, I ordered a pork rice bowl and buckwheat noodles served on a flat bamboo sieve set meal (空海セット * Kukai-set). The price was JPY 1050.

Pork Rice Bowl from Top
Eniwa, Pork Rice Bowl -Kukai-

About 15 minutes later, the Kukai-set was served. While wating for the meal, visitors came one after another, and the restraunt was almost full. This restraunt was really popular. As for the pork rice bowl, preserved pork in sweet sauce with charcoal-broiled mesh patterns sharpened my appetite. Its taste was not too salty, and not too sweet. Rice went with well the sauce, it was tasty!

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Grilled Porks Piled Up
Eniwa, Pork Rice Bowl -Kukai-
Pork with Charcoal-Broiled Mesh Patterns Sharpen My Appetite
Eniwa, Pork Rice Bowl -Kukai-
Rice Tasted Sauce
Eniwa, Pork Rice Bowl -Kukai-
Poured Sauce on Rice
Eniwa, Pork Rice Bowl -Kukai-

The hand-made buckwheat noodles were made from rare botan buckwheat (牡丹そば) produced in Urausu (浦臼), and were stiffer, and had a specific texture with chewability. It was tasty, too! Thanks for the tasty meal!

Buckwheat Noodles Served on Flat Bamboo Sieve from Top
Eniwa, Pork Rice Bowl -Kukai-
Buckwheat Noodles
Eniwa, Pork Rice Bowl -Kukai-
Pickled Vegetables
Eniwa, Pork Rice Bowl -Kukai-

Pork Rice Bowl and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Pork Rice Bowl

Parking lot Parking is provided (10 Cars)
Business hours 11:00-14:30 and 17:00-20:00
Regular closing day Tuesday, Monday Evening
Telephone number +81-123-37-1230
Home page Home page is not provided
Mapcode 230 309 000*38

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