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.
Here’s the menu!
Their bestseller is the Spicy Miso Ramen at 850 JPY.
I opted for something that I don’t usually find in Tokyo. Scallop Ramen (1,100 JPY) it was!
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.
I have nothing to say but this one is a must try! Okay let me add, the sauce was terrific!
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.
I had the one in miso and fish broth with roasted pork.
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!