- October 17th, 2014
[Gojuban in Tomakomai] Rich Taste Salt Broth Ramen with Fried Bean Sprouts Is Tasty Light Taste
Aji-no-Gojuban (味の五十番) is a long-established ramen restraunt founded in 1967 in Futaba-cho, Tomakomai city. Mr. Tokio Oka (岡 登喜夫) is a ramen restraunt owner at present, and he and his wife manage the ramen restraunt, and have been cooking ramen for nearly 30 years. They are known for serving tasty light taste ramen. When HKT48, a Japanese popular idol girl group, came to the Tomakomai, a part of members savored Gojuban's ramen. I guess that the Gojuban becomes more and more popular.
The ramen restraunt on the 1st floor of a 2 story private house faces Midorimachi 2jo-dori Street, but the entrance is a little away from the street. The ramen restraunt with an atomosphere such as a typical ramen restraunt is not so large. Counter seats and table seats are provided, so I guess that even family customers may enjoy meals. In addition, a lot of Manga books are provided, so local people relax themselves. By the way, Express Tomakomai-go (高速とまこまい号) or Hascup-go (ハスカップ号), express buses, run between Sapporo and the Tomakomai. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Tomakomai Station.
Tomakomai (苫小牧) that 170,000 people live along Pacific Ocean is the fourth largest industrial city in Hokkaido, and is located in the central part of the Hokkaido. There are Oji Paper factory (王子製紙), petrochemical complexes and Tomato-Atsuma Thermal Power Plant, the largest thermal power plant in the Hokkaido. As for a climate, it is warmer than other places in Hokkaido in a summer or in a winter, and it features that the Tomakomai has less snow than other placess in the Hokkaido. Therefore skating as one of famous winter sports is prosperous, so ASIA LEAGUE ICE HOCKEY Team "Oji Eagles" is based in the Tomakomai. Because the Tomakomai is close to New Chitose Airport, and Tomakomai Ferry terminal is built, so the Tomakomai has traffic convenience. Read More
Ramen of Hokkaido
Ramen is a noodle soup dish topped with ingredients. It is said that Chinese noodles is the root of the ramen, and there are various theories, for example, Mr. Mistukuni Tokugawa (徳川光圀 * Mitokomon (水戸黄門)) ate the ramen in 1697 for the first time in Japan or the first ramen was that Keitaimen noodles (経帯麺) served in 1488 was written in Biryueken Diary (蔭涼軒日録). Noodle soup dishes were spread out in Japan because Nanking noodles (南京そば) was served in various China Towns, Japan. In Hakodate with a China Town, Yowaken (養和軒) served the Nanking noodles in 1884. In Sapporo, it is a root of Sapporo Ramen that a noodle soup dish was cooked by Mr. Wang Wen Zai (王 文彩), a chief chef of Takeya Shokudo (竹家食堂), in 1922. Houran (芳蘭), a branch of the Takeya Shokudo, opened a business in 1933 in Asahikawa. Asahikawa Ramen, Sapporo Ramen and Hakodate Ramen called the 3 Major Ramen in Hokkaido were born. But current ramen do not succeed to the taste of those ramen. Read More
Rich Taste Salt Broth Ramen with Fried Bean Sprouts
I visited here around 11:00, just opening hour, on a weekday. I was the first customer on that day. I sat at a table seat, and asked them about ramen restraunt's recommendation, and they replied me "Rich Taste Salt Broth Ramen with Fried Bean Sprouts (もやし塩ラーメンこってり)", so I ordered it. The price was JPY 860.
About 10 minutes later, the ramen was served. A roasted pork fillet, bamboo shoots, green onions, fried bean sprouts, a kamaboko with spiral whirlpool-like pattern and a Japanese dry baked wheat gluten were on noodles. Soup was covered with lard of the fried bean sprouts.
The clear soup was very beautiful. The owner said "Because the soup is considerably hot, you should be careful about burns, and you might put the fried bean sprouts into the soup even if it become tasty", so I was testing it without delay. The fragrant taste and crunchy texture of the fried bean sprouts were good. The seasoning of the soup was just right, too. Although they named the rich taste after the ramen, I thought that this ramen was a light taste. It may be said that it is ramen with a traditional taste. I see their popular reason. The chewy noodles were curled noodles made by Hokkaido Kuma-san (北海道熊さん), and went well with the soup.
After I finished eating, I had a chat with the owner and his wife. My interesting talking was a service ticket in our chat. Every time customers ate ramen, the owner and his wife distributed service tickets without expiration date. So the customers made a service ticket stock storage themselves for the next time. That action has been performed since olden days. The existence of the stock storage was outstanding conspicuously. The service tickets of the customers have been kept after a long absence. The owner and his wife would find out customers' service tickets at an another storage area if they did not find their service tickets. The owner and his wife were very tender, so I thought that the ramen might be called warmhearted ramen. Thanks for the tasty ramen!
Rich Taste Salt Ramen with Fried Bean Sprouts and Atmosphere of Ramen Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (13 Cars)|
|Regular closing day||Tuesday|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||113 223 447*68|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Tomakomai. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Tomakomai is here
A page of Ramen of Hokkaido is here
Ramen 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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