Sapporo Ramen Alley

Apparently the most famous dish one shouldn’t miss out when in the “City of Food”, Sapporo is ramen. Did it surprise you? Tell me honestly. 😀

It’s no wonder that there’s an area specially designated for this humble yet interesting dish. Situated in Chuo, Sapporo is a very narrow lane of ramen shops. Hence the name Sapporo Raumen Yokocho. In Japanese, yokocho simply means alleyway. You can see this huge and bright sign right by the entrance. So fortunate of us that our hotel is quite close by.

As its name implies, expect that the shops can’t cater large number of people at the same time due to a limited space. Most restaurants have less than 10 seats. So waiting time can be long particularly during peak hours (lunch and dinner time). But when you’re that willing, it doesn’t really matter, does it?

In our eagerness to try Sapporo ramen, my husband and I were able to dine in at two restaurants. One is allegedly popular and the other one is surprisingly the one we favor over the first one. You’ll find out why in a jiffy!

First, let’s have the well-known one. The name is Kunimitsu.

kunimitsu sapporo
My husband checking out the large menu posted outside Kunimitsu.

Here’s the menu!

Their bestseller is the Spicy Miso Ramen at 850 JPY.

kunimitsu restaurant menu

I opted for something that I don’t usually find in Tokyo. Scallop Ramen (1,100 JPY) it was!

kunimitsu ramen sapporo

The broth was flavorful and I could taste the ginger that added a kick to this ramen. It wasn’t difficult to eat the 3 large scallops for they were fairly tender. I chewed each as slowly as I could, prolonging the pleasure of having to eat such seafood after a very long time. The noodles were slightly chewy. This was good. We also tried their other dishes.

kunimitsu sapporo menu
Boiled Gyoza (dumpling) at 400 JPY

I have nothing to say but this one is a must try! Okay let me add, the sauce was terrific!

kunimitsu fried dumpling
Baked Gyoza at 400 JPY

My husband enjoyed this, but me? Not as much as the boiled one.

Now, for our favored ramen shop. It goes by the name, Baisensya. If my memory serves me right, it’s the one before Kunimitsu from the entrance. Run by a lone English-speaking gentleman.

baisensya ramen restaurant sapporo
Here’s your man!

The menu..

baisensya ramen restaurant menu

I had the one in miso and fish broth with roasted pork.

baisensya ramen sapporo
Miso and Fish Broth Ramen at 850 JPY

Good heavens! I didn’t expect to devour a bowl of this. The soup was thick and magnificently tasty. The pork was beautifully tender and the noodles weren’t really chewy. Cooked just the way I like it! And the best thing was its soup wasn’t greasy at all (at least for me). If you could scroll up to the first ramen, you can see the oiliness. This is a common description of ramen in the country. To the locals or other people, it may be a good thing but definitely not to me. Just to be fair, this ramen won me over not because it wasn’t oily but because it was great in all aspects. My husband is actually of the same opinion on this one.

Now go and see for yourself! If you’ve been to Sapporo Ramen Alley, which shop was it? Would you recommend it? Tell us what you think!

 

 

 

 

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41 Comments on “Sapporo Ramen Alley

  1. Actually, my favorite Ramen was never in the Sapporo Ramen Alley itself. When I was still living there, I’d always go to Ichigen, because I looooooove ebi miso ramen. And Ichigen always delivered. Perfect broth, perfect pork, perfect half-fluid egg. I was in heaven. We’d even go there for a sudden Ramen craving at 2am while braving the Sapporo winter cold. And now I miss it even more. Thanks for bringing back good memories!

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    • Not a fan, either. Just glad to have tried a great one. 😉 Yeah, I watched it. They sure did choose the lovely spots. What do you think of the movie?

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