- August 7th, 2016
[Mitsuboshi Shokudo in Nayoro] Stewed Mongolian Barbecue, Taste of Home Cooking, Can Be Savored
Mitsuboshi Shokudo (三星食堂) is a long-established restraunt founded in 1914 in Nayoro city located in the northern direction of Asahikawa city, and is near Nayoro Station. Mr. Kouzo Takeda (武田 宏三) is a restraunt owner now. The restraunt is known for a wide variety dishes on a menu, and is loved by Nayoro people. Special Mayonnaise Grilled Chicken with Teriyaki Sauce Set Meal (鳥の照焼特製マヨネーズ炒定食) and Nayoro Stewed Mongolian Barbecue Set Meal (なよろ煮込みジンギスカン) are popular, and the Mitsuboshi Shokudo is crowded with customers at lunchtime in particular. A lot of familiar restraunts such as the Restaurant Midoriya (レストラン緑) that local people often went to eat a dish used to be near the Nayoro Station in old days, but many restraunts has already closed their business. I think that the Mitsuboshi Shokudo keep doing their business.
I visited here around 14:00 on a weekday. A building seems to be renewed because it was not the building I knew. I supposed that the building was larger than the old building. An atmosphere of the restraunt was not long-established restraunt, and I guessed that it was a modern restraunt, and the building had a cleanliness. When I entered the building, 6 groups of customers enjoyed their meals at the restraunt. I guessed that they looked half the number of local people and half the number of tourists, and the restraunt was popular after all. All the seats are table seats, and raised tables are provided, too, so I suppose that family customers also enjoy meals.
Nayoro Sunflower Fields
Nayoro city is located in the northerneastern direction of Asahikawa city, and 6 million sunflowers such as Harurinzo and cobalt in total are planted in some fields of about 50 ha in the whole Naoyoro. Those are in full bloom from late July to mid August. It all started when the sunflowers were planted in Chiebun region in 1897, and those were seen here and there. In the sunflower fields, 3 large sunflower fields, MOA Nayoro Farm Kousei Venue (MOA名寄農場更生会場), MOA Nayoro Farm Shinonome Venue (MOA名寄農場東雲会場) and Sun Pillar Park Venue (サンピラーパーク会場) are open to the public. Those were shooting places for Japanese movie "Stargazing Dog (星守る犬)" that Mr. Toshiyuki Nishida (西田敏行) played the leading character in 2011, and have became popular tourist attractions. Read More
Nayoro Onsen (名寄温泉) is a hot-spring place in Nayoro city located between Asahikawa city and Wakkanai city. Nayoro Onsen Sun Pillar (なよろ温泉サンピラー) is built at the end of Hokkaido Road 939, and there are Piyashiri Ski Resort (ピヤシリスキー場) and Piyashiri Ski Jumping Hill (ピヤシリジャンプ台) around here, and a building is adjacent to a ski lodge. Natural phenomena such as the sun pillar, the diamond dust and snow rime can be seen at the Piyashiri Ski Resort in a winter. There are trailheads for Mt. Kudosan and Mt. Piyashiri, too. The distance is around 10 km far away from the center of the Nayoro, and restraunts, cafes and convenience stores are not built near here. Read More
Nayoro (名寄) that about 30,000 people live is the 24th largest commercial city in Hokkaido, and is located between Wakkanai city and Asahikawa city, and is one of regional hub cities of the North Hokkaido area. The Nayoro means "A country near rivers" in Ainu language, and the downtown is between Nayoro River (名寄川) and Teshio River (天塩川). Furen that became incorporated with the Nayoro in 2006 is well-known for glutinous rice, and the planted area is the largest in Japan. 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 -30 degrees in a winter because Nayoro is located in a basin. Natural environment of abou 60-degrees temperature difference is one of features of the Nayoro. So natural phenomena such as SunPillar and Diamond Dust can be enjoyed. The Nayoro is just beside Bifuka town recorded the coldest temperature, -41.5 degrees, in Japan, and is one of the coldest region in the Hokkaido. Read More
Mongolian Barbecue of Hokkaido
Genghis Khan (ジンギスカン * Mongolian barbecue) is one of the most famous local dishes of Hokkaido, and is a dish to grill sheep meats and vegetables, and is called the comfort food of Hokkaido people. Except the Hokkaido, the Genghis Khan is also a familiar local dish in a part of Iwate Prefecture or Nagano Prefecture. The reason why the Hokkaido is closely related to the mongolian barbecue is that 5 national sheep breeding ranches were built in Takikawa (滝川), Tsukisamu (月寒), Tomobe (友部) in Ibaraki Prefecture, Hojo (北条) in Ehime Prefecture and Kumamoto (熊本) after Japanese goverment declared a production increase of wool in Meiji period. In those days, Japanese had no custom of eating meat, and did not like the taste since the sheep meats had unique taste. But the Genghis Khan is one of devised dishes for using the sheep meats as well as the wool without being wasted. Indeed, the sheep meats are different from beef and pork, and have the unique taste, so it has people divided between those that like it and those that hate it. On the contrary, the unique taste may captivate the Hokkaido people's taste buds. Read More
Nayoro Stewed Mongolian Barbecue
I sat at a raised table seat, and read a menu. I might as well visit Nayoro, so wanted to eat a local speciality. The Stewed Mongolian Barbecue is well-known local speciality in the Nayoro, so I ordered the Stewed Mongolian Barbecue Set Meal. The price was JPY 850.
The Stewed Mongolian Barbecue is a stewed dish mixed lamb and vegetables with barbecue sauce, and the sauce is more than Takikawa style mongolian barbecue. Nayoro people often eat it at their homes. I am from the Nayoro, so often eat it at my home. First barbecue sauce is pooled in a pot, then vegetables, lamb and Udon noodles (or Ramen noodles) are stewed in the pot. A rice cake that is a local speciality in the Nayoro is seemed to put in the pod recently. Broth of vegetables and lamb are used fully, so it looks good for our body.
About 10 minutes later, the set meal including a dish of the Stewed Mongolian Barbecue, a bowl of rice, a bowl of miso soup and 2 plates of pickled vegetables was served. As for the Stewed Mongolian Barbecue, lamb, sprouts and onions produced in Nayoro, leeks were used, and salty-sweet taste was salted just right. The vegetables were light crunchy texture, so those were tasty. I like eating the rice mixed with the barbecue sauce.
Stewed Mongolian Barbecue and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided(15 cars)|
|Regular closing day||Monday|
|Home page||Home page is not provided|
|Mapcode||272 656 605*32|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Nayoro. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Nayoro is here
A page of Mongolian Barbecue of Hokkaido is here
Mongolian Barbecue 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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