- May 8th, 2015
[Oguraya Panjyu Store in Yubari] Panjyu Is Noted Sweets in Yubari
Oguraya Panjyu Store
Oguraya Panjyu Store (小倉屋ぱんぢゅう店) is a popular panju store in Wakana, Yuubari city located in the eastern direction of Sapporo city, and is near Heiwa Exercise Park (平和運動公園). Ms. Naoko Numa (沼 直子) is a store owner. The panjyu is a muffin as if to combine Japanese muffin containing bean jam (今川焼き) with an octopus dumpling (たこ焼き). Bean jam or custard cream and so on are at baked wheat flour dough. In Hokkaido as well as Ise in Mie prefecture and Ashikaga in Tochigi prefecture, the panju is well-known as a famous sweets, and panju stores open a business in the Otaru, the Sapporo and Yubari. But each panjyu are different in types of bean jam, its shape and a way of making.
The first owner learned a way of making the panjiyu in Manchuria (満州) during World War II, and opened Oguraya in Yubari after the war. The bean jam was salty sweet in those days, but she, the second owner, succeeded to the Oguraya Panjyu Store in 1981, and changed the bean jam to sweet strained bean paste. The appearance and the interior decoration of the building have a good old atmosphere of Showa period. Table seats are provided at the building, so customers can eat a panju here.
I visited here around 14:00 on a weekday. No one ate panju because of late lunchtime. I said to her that I wanted to eat panju at the building, and she replied me “Please eat freshly made panju”. So I waited for about 15 minutes at a table seat. The price was JPY 90 per one. While waiting and driking a cup of Gyokuro (玉露茶), I chatted with her. She told me “We have a lot of fans all over Japan, and a certain person lived in Kagoshima prefecture never forget the taste of our panjiyu, so he sometimes back order our panju”. The panju of the Oguraya Panjyu Store was a noted product in the Yubari after all.
I ate a freshly made panju immediately. Its size was about 3 cm in diameter, and it was a highlight of the Oguraya that the panju had panjyu crust. A smooth circular part was pretty. I heard that freshly made panjyu was crispy outside, as time passes, it turned into dampish, and the panju kept it tasty. The bean jam was not too sweet, and I enjoyed it. The taste made me feel nostalgic. Thanks for the tasty panju!
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|Mapcode||320 687 576*34|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Yubari. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
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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