[Kiraito in Sapporo] Miso Broth Ramen with An Extra Large Portion of Cut Green Onions
April 15th, 2014
Kiraito (喜来登) is a popular ramen restaurant in Tanukikoji (狸小路), Chuo ward, Sapporo city, and is located between Odori Park (大通公園) and Susukino (ススキノ). They are famous for serving Miso Broth Ramen with an extra large portion of green onions. I do not know detailed history of the Kiraito, but I heard that they started as a ramen restaurant branch of Itosue (糸末) that was one of pioneer ramen restaurants of miso broth ramen together with Sanpei (三平). Then they became independent. In that kind of meaning, it can be said that their ramen inherits traditional Sapporo miso broth ramen.
The ramen restaurant with a good old atmosphere of the Showa period is not large. Inside walls are covered with cards for autographs and signed ramen bowls, so I guess that visitors are overwhelmed on that situation. Counter seats and table seats are provided, so I guess that even family customers enjoy meals.
Odori Park (大通公園) is in the very center of Sapporo city, and is located between Sapporo Station and Susukino. Offices and commercial facilities are built around the park, and it is just at very center of the big city. But 92 types 4,700 trees such as lilac, Japanese elm and cherry tree are planted, and fountains and flower beds are built, so the park is well-known as a place of relief for Sapporo citizens as well as tourists. The park has been chosen as one of The 100 Best Roads in Japan (日本の道100選), Japanese City Park Best 100 (日本の都市公園100選), The 100 Best Townscapes (都市景観100選) and Japan's Top 100 Historical Parks (日本の歴史公園100選), so it is one of the most famous parks in Japan. Article is here
Sapporo (札幌) that about 1,960,000 people live is the largest city in Hokkaido. Although there are various theories, its origin of the name is "Dry Big River (乾いた大きな川)" in Ainu language. A population of the Sapporo is the 4th largest city after Yokohama, Osaka and Nagoya in japan, and the population accounts for 36 % of Hokkaido's population! So the Sapporo has been flourished as the center of the Hokkaido. The area of the Sapporo is 1,121.26 km2, and is about as big as Hong Kong, and is the 7th largest city in the Hokkaido. The Sapporo is also famous as a tourist city, and about 15 million people come. As for a climate, it is hot that temperature rises to nearly 25 degrees in a summer, but it is easy to live without moisture. I always feel a little cool. It is cold that temperature falls to nearly -10 degrees in a winter, and amount of snowfall sometimes has more than 1 m. 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
Miso Broth Ramen
I sat at a counter seat, and read a menu. Only 3 types of ramen, Miso Broth Ramen (みそ), Salt Broth Ramen (しお) and Soy Sauce Broth (しょうゆ) were wrote on the menu. Since I was in the ramen restaurant for the famous Sapporo Miso Broth Ramen, I ordered the most popular Miso Broth Ramen (味噌ラーメン). The price was JPY 700.
About 10 minutes later, the ramen was served. Green onions, ground meat, bean sprouts and bamboo shoots were on noodles. After all, the cut green onions caught my eyes. I supposed that the height of the cut green onions was about 20 cm. I want green onion ramen lovers to eat it. The soup was light and mild taste. I felt salty, but it went well with the noodles made by Morizumi Noodles Factory (森住製麺). Those were tasty! Thanks for the tasty ramen!
Miso Broth Ramen and Atmosphere of Ramen Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube.
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