[Kukai in Eniwa] Pork Rice Bowl and Buckwheat Noodles Rated by MICHELIN GUIDE
April 16th, 2015
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.
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.
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
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. Article is here
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.
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!
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!
Pork Rice Bowl and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Parking lot||Parking is provided (10 Cars)|
|Business hours||11:00-14:30 and 17:00-20:00|
|Regular closing day||Tuesday, Monday Evening|
|Home page||Home page is not provided|
|Mapcode||230 309 000*38|