- September 29th, 2018
[Hokusho Suisan in Saroma] Scallop Hamburger Using Freshly-fried Scallop
Hokusho Suisan corp. (株式会社 北勝水産) is a fish processing company with the head office facing National Route 239 in Saronma town adjacent to the northern direction of Kitami city, and has been established since 1979, and is near Lake Saroma (サロマ湖) and Saromako Observation Deck (サロマ湖展望台). The Hokusho Suisan is known for processing and selling marine products such as scallop, crab and salmon roe. The head office has a direct sales store, and tourists also come. At the building, live marine products and processing marine products can be bought, and light meals such as scallop hamburger, salmon hamburger, scallop curry and rice, coffee and ice cream are also served.
The scallop hamburger using freshly-fried scallop is very popular in particular. Tourists such as motorcycle travel riders and local people come. The clean store is large and comfortable. Counter seats and table seats are provided, so I guess that even family customers enjoy meals.
Saromako Observation Deck
Saromako Observation Deck (サロマ湖展望台) is built on the top of Mt. Horoiwa (幌岩山) of 376 m height in Saroma town located in the southern part of the Lake Saroma, and is the only tourist attraction to view whole Lake Saroma. A parking lot and a public restroom are on the site. A trail is built from the bottom of the mountain to the mountaintop, and it takes about 60 minutes on foot. The observation deck is famous for a good view and dangerous roads to the mounatintop. 2 roads are built from Toppushi Fishing Port (富武士の港) and Kitakatsu Fishery (北勝水産) to the observation deck. But gravel roads of about 5 km length are rough, and those have just width that one car can go ahead along the road. So attention is necessary for driving. It is difficult to pass large cars. The roads are closed in a winter. Article is here
Lake Saroma (サロマ湖) is a brackish water lake among Kitami city, Saroma town and Yubetsu town, and is the 3rd largest lake after Lake Biwa (琵琶湖) and Lake Kasumigaura (霞ヶ浦) in Japan. A sandbar of 200 to 700 m width separates the lake from the Sea of Okhotsk (オホーツク海), and the lake links the sea with only 2 points. In old days, the sandbar separeted the lake from the sea depending on seasons perfectly. The perimeter of the lake is about 87 km, and the maximum depth is 19.6 m. The lake has no name in Ainu language, and they called it just lake. It is well-known for tasty seafood such as Oyster and Scallop, and fishing Japanese pond smelt is popular in a winter. Article is here
Because the Hokusho Suisan was nearby an entrance of a road to the Saromako Observation Deck, I visited here to eat a scallop hamburger around 08:00 on a weekday before going to the observation deck. It was suited for breakfast. A customer was only me. I bought a meal ticket of the scallop hamburger with 2 deep-fried scallops via a ticket vender. The price was JPY 360. Besides, a scallop hamburger with 3 deep-fried scallops and a big scallop hamburger are sold, too, so please eat the big scallop hamburger if you want to eat much.
After waiting for about 10 minutes at a table seat, my scallop hamburger was served. Freshly-fried scallops, lettuce and tartar sauce were sandwiched between buns. I had a bite immediately. Piping hot deep-fried scallop was tasty! The thickness of thick ligament of the scallop was about 1 cm. I ate greedily it. If you are hungry, I guess that one is not enough. Some local fishermen also ate scallop hamburgers, so I supposed that it was popular with local people. Thanks for the tasty hamburger!
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (25 Cars)|
|Regular closing day||Irregular closing day|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||955 058 593*78|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations around the Lake Saroma. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Lake Saroma is here
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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