Updated: July 06, 2017
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What to Eat in Hokkaido - 6 Local Dishes You Should Try

Visiting Hokkaido? Eating delicious local cuisine is one of the most important things, isn't it? Hokkaido is the northernmost and the biggest island of Japan with full of sightseeing spots and unique local dishes you need to try. Here are the best 5 dishes you can eat in Hokkaido.

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Jingisukan (ジンギスカン)

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Jingisukan is named after Genghis Khan, the man who established the Mongol Empire in the 13th century. The reason why they call the dish Genghis Khan is not clear though.
It is a dish where mutton or lamb and vegetables are cooked on a dome shaped grill in the middle of the table. They are usually dipped in a soy sauce based sauce and eaten right off the grill. It is not common to eat mutton at the rest of the regions in Japan but you can find many Jingiskan restaurant in Hokkaido.

Crab (カニ)

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Out of the list of what you can eat in Hokkaido, crabs are one of the most famous and popular. The quality of crabs in Hokkaido is known as the best in Japan and you can eat more reasonably too. Hokkaido has some types of crabs like king crabs, and all of them taste amazing.
You can eat crabs in a variety of ways in Hokkaido, such as sushi and shabu shabu (Japanese hot pot).

Ramen (ラーメン)

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Ramen is one of the most common and popular Japanese food and it actually has great variations established throughout Japan. There are mainly three regional ramen in Hokkaido.
One is Sapporo ramen originated in the caoital city Sapporo, where the birthplace of miso ramen. It has rich and creamy miso soup and toppings like roast pork and corns.
The second one is Asahikawa ramen. The special soup is a blend of soy sauce, pork and chicken stocks, and a seafood broth The bowl is topped with melted lard to prevent the soup from losing heat.
The last one is Hakodate ramen, a kind of shio (salt) ramen. The soup is made from chicken and pork broth and toppings are usually roast pork and spinach.

Ishikari Nabe (石狩鍋)

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Ishikari is the name of a city in Hokkaido, and Nabe refers Japanese hot pot dishes.
What is special for this hot pot is that it has plenty of salmon, vegetables and tofu with the miso flavored soup. The rich, creamy, and slightly sweet white miso soup makes the ingredients incredibly delicious. Hokkaido is famous for its high-quality seafood including crabs, and the salmon is not exceptional.They often put butter that adds the flavor.

Butadon (豚丼)

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Butadon literally means pork rice bowl. It is topped with large slices of pork simmered in a sweet and savory sauce.
The sauce is rich and savory and the pork is very tender and juicy, which are incredibly delicious and go well with rice. It is also known for a dish to recover from fatigue because it contains much protein and vitamin that give you energy.

Shiroi Koibito (白い恋人)

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Shiroi Koibito (白い恋人/literally means white lover) is a cookie manufactured by famos Japanese confectionery maker Ishiya in Sapporo, Hokkaido. It is also known for Ishiya cookies and people often buy them as a souvenir.
It consists of white chocolate sandwiched between langue de chat, french-style cookie. The langue de chat is baked thinly, which creates very light and crispy texture and easily melts in your mouth. The rich white chocolate is made only for Shiroi Koibito to generate a great combination of langue de chat and the chocolate.
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