- May 21st, 2015
[Closed Business: Namishibuki Kitami Branch in Kitami] Milky Taste of Salt Broth Ramen with Green Onion Surprised Me
Namishibuki (波飛沫) is a popular ramen restraunt founded in 2008, and the head office is in Utoro, Shari town. The Namishibuki means "Sea spray" in Japanese. Mr. Hiroaki Kitabayashi (北林 弘明) is a ramen restraunt owner. He trained his cooking skill at Santoka (山頭火), a famous Asahikawa ramen restraunt, and became independent. It is said that the Namishibuki take from the taste of the Santoka's Ramen. They have also a branch ramen restraunt founded in 2011 in Kitami, and Mr. Hikaru Kaida (開田 光) is a shop manager. Both of the head office and the Kitami branch got the Bib Gourmand in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition, so that is amazing! My visited ramen restraunt was the Kitami branch. Unfortunately, the Kitami branch was closed down in June, 2018. This article before closing is as follows. Mr. Hikaru Kaida becomes independent, and open a ramen restraunt named "Menya Hikaru (麺屋 ひかる)" at present.
An express bus "Dreamint Okhotsk-go (ドリーミントオホーツク号)" runs between the Sapporo and the Kitami, and Limited Express Sekihoku-go (特急石北号), an express bus, runs between the Kitami and Asahikawa, and Senpoku-go (釧北号), an express bus, runs between the Kitami and Kushiro. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Kitami Station.
Kitami (北見) that about 120,000 people live is the 9th largest commercial city in Hokkaido, and is one of regional hub cities of the Northeastern Hokkaido area. The Kitami became incorporated with Rubeshibe town (留辺蘂), Tanno town (端野) and Tokoro town (常呂) in 2006, and has became the largest city by area in the Hokkaido. In Japan, it is the 4th latgest city by the area. The Kitami is also an agriculture city, and Onion and White Runner Bean are famous as a local product. As for a climate, it is hot that temperature rises to nearly 30 degrees in a summer, and it is cold that temperature falls to nearly -25 degrees in a winter, and it snow hard, too. 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
Salt Broth Ramen with Green Onions
I visited the Kitami branch around 13:00 on Sunday. The ramen restraunt with an atmosphere of a typical ramen restraunt was almost full, and was not large. It is said that a line is formed at lunchtime. Counter seats and table seats are provided, so I guess that even family customers enjoy meals. A waitress shown my seat, and I sat a counter seat, and ordered a bowl of Salt Broth Ramen with Green Onion (塩ネギラーメン). The price was JPY 880.
About 10 minutes later, the Salt Broth Ramen with Green Onion was served. The appearance was considerably white, a red chinese wolfberry fruit was outstanding.
I was surprised at the taste when I had a sip of soup immediately. This was light pork bone soup, and it was the taste like milk flavor soup. It had just the right amount of salt, too, and was tasty! The noodles were made by Kobayashi Making-noodles Factory (小林製麺) and, went with well the soup. It was unusual for having both roasted pork fillet and braised pork belly. I was satisfied. Thanks for the tasty ramen!
Salt Broth Ramen with Green Onions and Atmosphere of Ramen Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (8 Cars)|
|Business hours||Weekday 11:30-14:30, 17:00-22:00
Saturday and Sunday 11:00-21:00
|Regular closing day||Tuesday|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||561 762 360*68|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Kitami. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
Kitami Ponyu Onsen
A page of Kitami 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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