- November 23rd, 2015
[Misuzu in Obihiro] Soy Sauce Broth Ramen with Nostalgic Taste
Ramen Misuzu (みすゞ) is a popular ramen restraunt facing Hirokoji Shopping Street (広小路) in Obihiro city, and is relatively near Obihiro Station. Mizusu corp. has run it since 1986. The ramen restraunt is on 1st floor of a building, and a cafe named Misuzu (みすゞ) is on the 2nd floor of the same building, so I wonder if family people runs it. The Misuzu makes most of Japanese think of Misuzu Coffee (美鈴コーヒー), but I do not know whether those are connected with each other. By the way, a signboard says UCC coffee.
The ramen restraunt facing a shopping arcade is not so large, and has an atmosphere such as a cafe. Counter seats and table seats are provided, so I guess that even family customers may enjoy meals. But the ramen restraunt is crowded with customers at lunchtime, so a line is expected. So some chairs for waiting are outside the ramen restraunt.
By the way, a highway bus "Potato Liner (ポテトライナー)" runs between the Obihiro and the Sapporo, and a express bus "North Liner-go (ノースライナー号)" runs between the Obihiro and Asahikawa. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Obihiro Station and Obihiro Airport.
Obihiro (帯広) that about 170,000 people live is the 6th largest commercial city in Hokkaido, and is one of regional hub cities of the Eastern Hokkaido area. It has flourished as the center of the Tokachi district. The Obihiro is also a stockyard for agricultural products in whole Tokachi district, and Potato, Beet, Wheat and Chinese Yam 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 -20 degrees in a winter. It has a large temperature gap, but it has less snow relatively in the Hokkaido. Therefore skating is popular in the winter. Mr. Hiroyasu Shimizu, an olympic gold medalist, come from the Obihiro, and there is much competition population of the skating. 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
Soy Sauce Broth Ramen
I visited here around 13:30 on a weekday. 5 groups of customers enjoyed their meals. I sat at a counter seat, and read a menu. The most popular ramen was Soy Sauce Broth Ramen (醤油ラーメン), and I ordered it. The price was JPY 670. Most of other customers ordered the Soy Sauce Broth Ramen, too. I think that it has always been popular.
About 5 minutes later, the ramen was served. Roasted pork fillets, bamboo shoots, a kamaboko with a spiral whirlpool-like pattern, spinach, a dried laver and green onions were on noodles. I ate a sip of soup immediately. The soup was very black, so I wondered if it was too salty, but the taste was lighter than its looks. The appearance looked like Asahikawa Ramen, but the flavor looked like Kushiro Ramen, so it tasted the soup stock of small dried sardines or dried bonito shavings. This tasted nostalgic. The soup was tasty!
The noodles made by Hokari Noodles Factory (保刈製麺) in the Obihiro were curled, and went well with the soup. Those feeled good going down, so I enjoyed the ramen. Thanks for the tasty ramen!
Soy Sauce Broth Ramen and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Parking lot||Free parking is not provided|
|Regular closing day||Irregular closing day|
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|Mapcode||124 624 382*34|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Obihiro. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Obihiro 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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