- February 15th, 2017
[Menya Okhotsk in Yubetsu] Udon Noodles Given Michelin Plate Is Offshoot of Kagawa Udon
Menya Okhotsk (麺屋おほーつく) is a popular Udon restaurant along National Route 238 in Yubetsu town between Monbetsu city and Abashiri city, and was founded in 2009. It is famous for giving the Michelin Plate by MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2017 Special Edition. Mr. Kimishige Maetani (前谷公茂), a restaurant owner, enrolled Udon School of Yamato Manufacturing (大和製作所) in Kagawa prefecture (香川県 * Udon country) after retiring, and trained his cooking skills at Udon restaurant "Kijoan (亀城庵)" after graduating. He wanted to make Udon noodles with ingredients produced in Hokkaido. Now he cooks the Udon noodles with a lots of the ingredients produced in the Hokkaido and Udon noodle made from flour "Kitahonami (きたほなみ)" produced in the Hokkaido. He is particular about not serving boiled Udon noodles for over 20 minutes. The restaurant is popular for savoring Udon noodles that is offshoot of Kagawa udon even in the Hokkaido. Their business time is only lunchtime (11:00-15:00).
The restaurant is 1-story wooden building, and is like a lodge. The warmth of the wood is felt. A veranda is provided, too. The restaurant is not so large, but counter seats and table seats are provided, so I guess that family customers also enjoy meals. By the way, Ebi-mochi-bukkake Udon (えびもちぶっかけ)" (Udon noodles topped with prawn and rice cake) is the most popular dish in the Menya Okhotsk.
As for tourist attractions near here, Lake Saroma (サロマ湖), Lake Komuke (コムケ湖), Kamiyubetsu Tulip Park (かみゆうべつチューリップ公園), Gokazan Park (五鹿山公園) and Family愛LandYou are famous. People can enjoy a day trip onsen at Kamiyubestu Onsen (かみゆうべつ温泉).
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. Read More
Kamiyubetsu Tulip Fair
Kamiyubetsu Tulip Park (かみゆうべつチューリップ公園) is in in Kamiyubetsu, Yubetsu town located in the northern direction of Kitami city, and is well-known as 2 major places famous for tulips together with Takino Suzuran Hillside National Government Park (滝野すずらん公園), and the Kamiyubetsu Tulip Fair (かみゆうべつチューリップフェア) is famous as one of 3 major Okhotsk Spring Festivals together with Higashimokoto Moss Pink Feastival (東藻琴芝桜祭) and Fairy Tale village Takinoue Moss Pink Festival (童話村たきのうえ芝ざくらまつり). The park surrounded by fields is developed as a flower field along Oketo National Route (National Route 242). It is the origin of the Kamiyubetsu Tulip Park that Mr. Terunori Nishikawa (西川照憲) planted a tulip, and described here as old people's farm in 1957. About 200 kinds of 1.2 million tulips are planted on the site of 700,000 m2 at present. I think that visitors must be very impressed by colorful tulip lines on the flatland. Admission is charged, but a parking lot is free of charge. Except the Kamiyubetsu Tulip Fair season, admission free. Read More
Kamiyubetsu Onsen is a hot spring place in Nakayubetsu, Yubetsu town located in the northern direction of Kitami city, and has opened a business as a day trip onsen facility at Roadside Station Kamiyubetsu Onsen Tulip-no-Yu (道の駅 かみゆうべつ温泉チューリップの湯) built in 2001. The building is next to Kamiyubetsu 100 Years Memorial Park (上湧別百年記念公園), and Former Nakayubetsu Station Memorial Hall (中湧別駅記念館), a playground and a public restroom are built in the park. In addition, Nakayubetsu Bunka-center TOM (湧別町文化センターTOM) is also near here. Read More
I visited here around 11:00 on a weekday. A customer is only me for a winter. The counter seats were decked with flowers, and it seemed to make female customers happy. I sat a counter seat, and read a menu. "Ebi-mochi-bukkake Udon (Udon noodles topped with prawns and rice cakes)" was most popular, and a large mixed vegetable and seafood tempura "Bikkuri-Kakiage (びっくりかき揚げ)" looked tasty, but I decided to eat an ever-popular menu the first time, so I ordered the Ebi-mochi-bukkake Udon. The price was JPY 980.
Afer waiting for about 10 minutes, a bowl of udon noodles was served. About 10 minutes later, the Ebi-mochi-bukkake Udon were served. As for Bukkake Udon, Udon sauce is separated from Udon noodles, and they use no chemical condiments. It tastes a little sweet. Customers pour the Udon sauce into the Udon noodles on a dish. The udon was topped with prawn tempra and fried rice cakes, and green radish sprouts accentuated beautiful look.
Thick chewy Udon noodles were very tasty. The fresh prawn tempra was good texture, and the fried rice cakes were not too deep fried, and were chewy texture. It was Tasty!
Atmosphere of Ebi-mochi-bukkake Udon Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (20 cars)|
|Regular closing day||Wednesday. * If wednesday is a national holiday, the next day is a closing day.|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||404 702 318*00|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Yubetsu.
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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