- November 10th, 2015
[Inoue Shokudo in Bifuka] Pork Bone Broth Ramen Surprised Me
Inoue Shokudo (井上食堂) is a long-established restraunt founded in Showa era in Bifuka town between Asahikawa city and Wakkanai city, and faces National Route 40, and is near Arcs Bifuka Branch (アークス美深店), a supermarket, and Bifuka Station. Mr. Tomio Inoue (井上 富夫) is a restraunt owner at present. The restraunt on the 1st floor of a 3 story building has the appearance with an atmosphere of the Showa era. The interior decoration is old style, and there is small but a cozy raised seating place and a tatami-room. Counter seats and table seats are provided, so I guess that even family customers may enjoy meals. Please give yourself plenty of time and peace of mind to enjoy your meal because you may wait for a long time in busy time or lunchtime.
Crowded menus on walls stand out. Ramen menus have 8 types of soup stock, 5 types of ramen seasoning, 8 types of fat and oil, 7 types of noodles and 3 types of firmness of noodles, and those are multiplied by, and the ramen is completed. Anyway there are many types of ramen.
Except the ramen, they serve very many types of dishes, too. It takes a lot of effort to cook the ramen when the restraunt is crowded, and visitors seem to have a long wait. By the way, a soft serve ice cream is famous, too, and 5 liter soft serve ice cream can be ordered. I guess that its height looks about 40 cm.
The Bifuka is famous as the setting of “Wild Sheep Chase” written by Mr. Haruki Murakami (村上春樹), a famous Japanese novelist, and also has Truck Kingdom (トロッコ王国), Matsuyama Wetland (松山湿原) and Mt. Hakodake (函岳). By the way, founders of Sanpachi Ramen (さんぱちラーメン) and Aji-no-Tokeidai (時計台) are from the Bifuka, and the Bifuka will be a town excited at ramen. All ramen restaurants in the Bifuka seem to be tasty.
Matsuyama Wetland (松山湿原) in Bifuka town is the northernmost high moor at 797 m above sea level in Japan, and is located in the northern direction of Asahikawa city. Tourists must climb a mountain trail with 900 m in length to look around. It takes about 30 minutes from a trailhead to the mountaintop. However, it is quite hard to climb the mountain trail. Because a muddy ground is not good condition, Tourists should wear their non-slip shoes. I slipped and fell down once. Read More
Mt. Hakodake (函岳) in Bifuka town is located in the northern direction of Asahikawa city. Altitude of the mountain is 1,129 m. A signboard written as “Superb View, Mt. hakodake (絶景函岳)” was built along Japan national route 40, and I reach to the mountaintop when I followed a road. Tourists did not climb the mountain on foot. But I had to drive on the gravel road of one car width for a little less than 30 km. Speed did not rise, and it took about 1 hour from Bifuka to the mountaintop by a car. It was a place that many people did not visit here very much, and nature was very rich. I saw North Fox and Yezo Squirrel on the road several times. 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
Pork Bone Broth Ramen
I visited here around 13:30 on a weekday. No one enjoyed their meals. I sat a table seat. They had too various types of dishes on the menus. I did not know which to choose, but I finally ordered Pork Bone Broth Ramen (豚骨ラーメン), restraunt’s recommendation, and chose noodles made by Toyooka Making-noodles Factory (豊岡製麺) in Nayoro, and others were up to the restraunt owner. In adittion, I ordered a 5 Liter Soft Serve Ice Cream, too. The price of the ramen was JPY 580, and the price of the soft serve ice cream was JPY 810, and the sum total was JPY 1390. While the restraunt owner cooked the ramen, a cat named Nxinxi (にぃにぃ), a drawing card, offered services. The cat was very friendly, and rubbed her body against me.
About 10 minutes later, the ramen was served. I was surprised at separated ingredients, and had to help topping ingredients myself. 4 spices, Spicy Miso (辛味味噌), Garlic Paste (おろしニンニク), Chili Oil (ラー油) and Ginger Paste (おろしショウガ), were offered together, too.
I put few bamboo shoots, few roasted pork fillets, chopped scallions on the noodles, and seasoned the soup with the Spicy Miso and the Garlic Paste myself. Milky white soup made from pork bone soup stock was light taste and creamy, and that was my taste. It was tasty! The chewy noodles were curled, and went well with the soup. I ate up everything without delay. Thanks for the tasty ramen!
Pork Bone Broth Ramen and Atmosphere of Ramen Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (4 cars)|
|Regular closing day||Iregular closing day|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||651 221 777*57|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Bifuka. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
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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