[Hachiya Head Office in Asahikawa] Soup of Soy Sauce Broth Ramen Changes Its Color
February 11th, 2015
Hachiya (蜂屋) is a long-established ramen restaurant run by Hachiya corp. in Asahikawa city. Mr. Enao Kato (加藤 枝直) established it in 1947. Naosumi Kato (加藤 直純) is a company president at present. Originally, the Hachiya was derived in an ice cream shop using honey. * The bee means "Hachi (蜂)" in Janapese. Their name is named after the honey. Mr. Kumahiko Kato (加藤 熊彦), Enao's elder brother, established Kato Ramen Noodle-making Factory (加藤らーめん), one of the most famous noodle-making factories in the Asahikawa, and the Hachiya laid the foundation of Asahikawa Ramen with the Kato Ramen. The foundation year of the Hachiya is same as Aoba (青葉), a famous ramen restaurant in the Asahikawa, and it is well-known as one of roots of the Asahikawa Ramen. The head office is near Asahikawa Ginza Mall (旭川市銀座商店街), and has a branch ramen restaurant. 5Jo Establishment Branch (五条創業店) opens a business in the Asahikawa. It got the Bib Gourmand in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition and 2017 Special Edition.
I visited here around 11:30 on a weekday. The ramen restraunt with an atmosphere of a traditional ramen restraunt was large. An atmosphere of the Showa period was good. All seats were table seats, so I guess that even family customers enjoy meals. A parking lot was vacant, and the restaurant was vacant, too, but the parking lot became full when 11:40 past. Visitors came to the restaurant one after another, too. The Hachiya was popular, after all.
List of Highway Bus
Refer to following companies for the highway bus service between the Asahikawa and the Sapporo, the New Chitose Airport, the Kitami, the Obihiro and the Kushiro.
|Chuo Bus(中央バス)||From Sapporo to Asahikawa|
|Chuo Bus(中央バス)||From Asahikawa to Sapporo|
|Chuo Bus(中央バス)||From Asahikawa to Sapporo||
|Chuo Bus(中央バス)||From Sapporo to Asahikawa||
|Asahikawa Denki Kido(旭川電気軌道)||From New Chitose Airport to Asahikawa||
|Asahikawa Denki Kido(旭川電気軌道)||From Asahikawa to New Chitose Airport||
|Hokkaido Kitami Bus(北海道北見バス)||From Asahikawa to Kitami|
|Hokkaido Kitami Bus(北海道北見バス)||From Kitami to Asahikawa|
|Takushoku Bus(拓殖バス)||From Asahikawa to Obihiro|
|Takushoku Bus(拓殖バス)||From Obihiro to Asahikawa|
|Akan Bus(阿寒バス)||From Asahikawa to Kushiro|
|Akan Bus(阿寒バス)||From Kushiro to Asahikawa|
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. Article is here
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. Article is here
Soy Sauce Broth Ramen
I sat a table seat, and asked a waitress about ramen restaurant's recommendation, so she replied me "Soy Sauce Broth Ramen (醤油ラーメン). Customers can choose a quantity of fat between rich (こってり) or normal (普通)". I asked her recommendation, so she replied me "It is different depending on the person". Therefore I ordered the Soy Sauce Ramen with rich fat. The price was JPY 750.
About 10 minutes later, the Soy Sauce Ramen was served. A roasted pork fillet, bamboo shoots and green onions were on noodles. The appearance looked traditional Asahikawa ramen, but the color of soup was darker! The soup was made from burning lard (焦がしラード) and double soup mixed pork bone soup stock with fishery product soup stock. Of course the noodles wewe made by the Kato Ramen Noodle-making Factory.
I had a sip of soup immediately. It was good old taste for a person from North Hokkaido. It was not salty than I expected. The soup changed in color from brown to amber when I stirred the soup. It was Intriguing! When I drank up the soup, letters of "Thank you (ありがとう)" in Japanese appeared on the bottom of a bowl. It was Intriguing, too! The noodles went well with the soup, and it was tasty. Thanks for the tasty ramen!
Soy Sauce Broth Ramen and Atmosphere of Ramen Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (5 Cars)|
|Regular closing day||Wednesday|
|Home page||Home page is not provided|
|Mapcode||79 345 393*37|
A page of Asahikawa is here