- September 16th, 2014
[Sakura-tei in Asahikawa] Salty Soy Sauce Flavored Pork Rice Bowl
Sakura-tei (さくら亭) is a popular restraunt founded in 1988 in Midori-machi, Asahikawa city, and is near Chikabumi Station and Aeon Mall Asahikawa-nishi. Mr. Takio Utsumi (内海 多喜夫) is a restraunt owner. He trained his cooking skill in Obihiro called "Pork Rice Bowl Town", and his Pork Rice Bowl (豚丼) has a good reputation, and the Sakura-tei is crowded with local people at lunchtime. Except the Pork Rice Bowl, Various rice bowls, set meals, ramen, curry and rice and so on are served. A large portion of something is also well‐received.
The building is large, and the ceiling is high. A lot of Manga books are provided, so local people relax themselves. All seats are table seats, so I guess that even family customers and a large number of customers enjoy meals. But crowded restaurant is expetcted at lunchtime, and it takes time to cook dishes.
Asahikawa (旭川) that about 340,000 people live is the 2nd largest commercial city in Hokkaido, and has flourished as the center of the North Hokkaido area. Woodworks have been prosperous since the old days, and furniture is famous. Because water is clear, a liquor such as sake of Otokoyama (男山) and Godo Shusei (合同酒精) are famous, too. Popular tourist attractions such as Asahiyama Zoo (旭山動物園) and Biei (美瑛) are around the Asahikawa, so a lot of tourists use tourist bases in the North Hokkaido. As for a climate, the Asahikawa is located in Kamikawa Basin, the largest basin in the Hokkaido, so it is hot that temperature rises to 30 degrees C in a summer, and it is cold that temperature falls to -25 degrees C in a winter, and it snow very hard, too. So a winter festival using the snow is famous. 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
I heard from Mrs. Gishi that the Sakura-tei served a traditional pork rice bowl, so I visited here around 11:00 on a weekday. Only a group of customers enjoyed meals. I sat at a table seat, and oredered a Pork Rice Bowl. The price was JPY 800.
About 15 minutes later, the Pork Rice Bowl with a bowl of miso soup, a dish of salad, a dish of cucumber pickles. Speaking of the Pork Rice Bowl, Obihiro (Tokachi) is famous. The taste of standard Pork Rice Bowl of the Obihiro is salty-sweet sauce. I had an image of the normal Pork Rice Bowl of the Obihiro, so I was surprised at the taste of Pork Rice Bowl of the Asahikawa. It tasted soy sauce from tender pork produced in the Asahikawa. A container was not a bowl, and it was the nest of a box. This was a great difference, too.
I ate rice with together sauce, and it was tasty, so I could not help eating. Speaking of the Asahikawa, soy sauce ramen was famous, so I thougt that the Pork Rice Bowl of the Asahikawa was the original taste of the Asahikawa as well as the Asahikawa ramen while eating it. In addition, I found that a large portion of pork was also famous, and it seemed to be worth seeing. Curry and rice or ramen have originality as well as the pork rice bowl, too. Thanks for the tasty meal!
Pork Rice Bowl and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube
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List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Asahikawa. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Asahikawa 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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