[Ippontei around Lake Toya] Black Soy Sauce Broth Ramen Called Toya Black
April 11th, 2015
Ramen Ippontei (ラーメン一本亭) is a popular ramen restraunt founded in 2000 in Toyako Onsen Resort (洞爺湖温泉) located in the south side of Lake Toya (洞爺湖). Mr. Hideo Fujiwara (藤原 秀夫) is a ramen restraunt owner. They got the Bib Gourmand in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition and 2017 Special Edition. The ramen restraunt facing Yosomiyama-dori Street (よそみ山通り) is a single-storied building, and has an atomosphere such as a sushi restaurant, and is not large. Counter seats and some small separate Japanese style rooms are provided, so I guess that even family customers may enjoy meals.
Lake Toya (洞爺湖) between Toyako town and Sobetsu town located in the northwestern part of Muroran city is the 3rd largest caldera lake in Japan after Lake Kussharo and Lake Shikotsu, and was born by large-scale eruptions 110,000 years ago. In Shikotsu-Toya National Park, the perimeter of the lake is about 43 km, and 58 sculptures are located around the lake, and those create scenes in accord with the lake. Geographical features of mountains and the lake have been authorized in the World Geopark. The lake is one of major tourist attractoions in Hokkaido, and a lot of international tourists come. Windsor Hotels Toya Resort & Spa that 34th G8 Summit (Hokkaido Toyako Summit) was held at is famous, too. Around the Lake Toya, there are Toyako Onsen Resort (洞爺湖温泉) that is a sightseeing base, Toya Silo Observation Deck (サイロ展望台), Ukimido Park (浮見堂公園), Toya Onsen (洞爺温泉), Nakatoya Onsen (仲洞爺温泉), Nakatoya Camping Ground (仲洞爺キャンプ場), Green Stay Toyako (グリーンステイ洞爺湖), Takarada Camping Ground (水辺の里財田キャンプ場), Sobetsu-cho Onsen (壮瞥町温泉), Mt. Showa-shinzan (昭和新山) and Mt. Usu (有珠山). Article is here
Toyako Onsen (洞爺湖温泉) is a large hot-spring resort located in the south side of Lake Toya (洞爺湖) between Toya town and Sobetsu town, and is one of the 5 major hot spring resorts in Hokkaido together with Jozankei Onsen (定山渓温泉), Yunokawa Onsen (湯の川温泉), Sounkyo Onsen (層雲峡温泉) and Noboribetsu Onsen (登別温泉), and 3 million tourists come every year. The Toyako Onsen is a base for sightseeing of the Lake Toya, and there are 15 accommodations, handbaths, footbaths, restaurants, souvenir shops, convenience stores, Funsui-hiroba Fountain (噴水広場公園), Toyako Visitor Center Volcano Science Museum (洞爺湖ビジターセンター火山科学館), a ferry port in the hot-spring resort, and there are Mt. Usu (有珠山), Mt. Showashinzan (昭和新山), Nishiyama Sanroku Kako Walking Path (西山火口散策路) and Konpira Crater Lookout (金比羅火口展望台) around the lake. A Lake Toya speciality manju Wakasaimo (わかさいも) and Ippontei (一本亭) that got the Bib Gourmand in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition are famous, too. 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
Black Soy Sauce Broth Ramen
I visited here around 13:00 on a weekday. The Ippontei was popular with local people as well as tourists, and 4 groups of local people enjoyed their meals. I sat at a counter seat, and read a menu. I heard that Black Soy Sauce Broth Ramen (黒正油ラーメン) was popular, so I ordered it and Japanese Gyoza Dumplings (餃子). The price of the ramen was JPY 700, and the price of the Japanese Gyoza Dumplings was JPY 500, so the total prices were JPY 1200.
About 10 minutes later, the ramen and the Japanese Gyoza Dumplings were served successively. A roasted pork fillet, bamboo shoots, a Japanese dry baked wheat gluten and green onions were on noodles. Ingredients produced in Hokkaido were mainly used.
I ate a sip of soup immediately. It was tasty! Soup stock was made from more than 10 types of ingredients for over 20 hours. I supposed that the soup was too salty as much as the black appearance, but it was wrong. It had sweetness like soba noodles soup, and was just right seasoning. This black soup is called "Toya Black (洞爺ブラック)" by ramen lovers, and the nickname is cool!
The noodles were egg noodles made by Nishiyama Making-Noodle Factory (西山製麺), and went well with the soup. The large roasted pork fillet caught my eyes, too, and was also tasty.
The Japanese Gyoza Dumpling was popular, and most of local people ordered it. The dumplings were just out from a pan, and it was tasty, too. Thanks for the tasty meals!
Black Soy Sauce Broth Ramen and Atmosphere of Ramen Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (2 Cars)|
|Business hours||11:30-14:00, 18:00-20:00 * They close a restraunt if soup runs out|
|Regular closing day||Monday, Year-end and New Year holidays * If Monday is a national holiday, the next day is a closing day|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||321 519 373*34|
A page of Shikotsu-Toya National Park is here
Shikotsu-Toya National Park