[Saimi in Sapporo] Miso Broth Ramen with Tasty Grated Ginger
September 26th, 2014
Menya Saimi (麺や彩未) is a popular ramen restaurant in Misono, Toyohira ward, Sapporo City, and is relatively near Sapporo Subway Toho Line Misono Station and Tsukisamu Park (月寒公園). Mr. Masahiko Oku (奥 雅彦) trained his cooking skill at Sumire (すみれ), a famous ramen restraunt, and has established the Saimi since 2000. He is only a few people allowed to become independent by the Sumire. They got the Bib Gourmand in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2017 Special Edition. The Saimi is one of best ramen restaurants in the Sapporo.
They moved to a new building in 2014. The ramen restraunt is not so large. Counter seats and table seats are provided, so I guess that even family customers enjoy meals. But the ramen restraunt is crowded with customers in busy time.
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
Their business time started at 11:00, so I would line up 30 minutes ago. But 5 preceding visitors formed a line before me. Fortunately, they opened the ramen restaurant at 10:45. At that time, about 20 people were likely to form a line. Since it is said that the Saimi has the longest line in Hokkaido, more long line is expected at lunchtime. I sat at a counter seat, and ordered Miso Broth Ramen (味噌ラーメン). The price was JPY 750. Other customers ordered Miso Broth Ramen with a large portion of Roasted Pork Fillets (チャーシュー大盛) or Miso Broth Ramen with a lrage portion of noodles. The roasted pork fillets were also popular.
About 10 minutes later, the was served. Roasted pork fillets, bamboo shoots, bean sprouts, ground meats, green onions and grated ginger were noodles. The grated ginger on the roasted pork fillet is Saimi's highlight. I had a sip of soup immediately. It was mild, and had slightly miso flavor and Umami. The grated ginger worked well, so the soup was tasty!
The noodles were curl noodles made by Morizumi Noodles Factory (森住製麺), and went well with the soup. The roasted pork fillets were 2 types, extra thick sliced roasted pork fillet and cut roasted pork fillet. Different texture was good. After all, they are a ramen restaurant that people want to eat the ramen even if they form a line. Thanks for the tasty ramen!
Miso Broth Ramen and Atmosphere of Ramen Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube.
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (16 Cars)|
|Business hours||11:00-15:15, 17:00-19:30|
|Regular closing day||Monday and irregular closing days (2 days)|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||9 406 848*51|
A page of Sapporo is here