Cuisine

Hokkaido, with its thriving dry field farming, rice farming, dairy farming, and fishing industries, is a treasure trove of ingredients. Sapporo in particular is the ""City of Food"", where fresh ingredients are brought in from all across Hokkaido every morning. The city is nationally famous for ramen noodles, soup curry and ""Genghis Khan"" mutton. There are numerous restaurants in Sapporo, and you can enjoy cuisine that makes full use of Hokkaido ingredients. The fact that there is a deep connection with producers, with chefs paying visits to the growing districts, is the key to the delicious taste. The chefs take the feeling that the producers put into the ingredients and show off their ability as they entertain their customers. Sapporo and Hokkaido are synonymous with delicious taste, so much so that tourists from both Japan and overseas, without fail, cite ""food"" as part of the pleasure of staying in Sapporo. Please come and enjoy the seasonal taste.

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Tidbits on how best to enjoy delicious Genghis Khan (Mongolian barbecue) in Sapporo

Genghis Khan (Mongolian barbecue) is a Hokkaido local dish that consists of grilling mutton and vegetables on a special grill that has a raised mound in the center. Not only do Sapporoites enjoy drinking beer and eating Genghis Khan in restaurants, but they also enjoy barbecuing it outdoors while camping or viewing the cherry blossoms. Also, many households own a dedicated grill just for making their own Mongolian barbecue at home. It is regarded as the most-loved soul food of the city by residents, as you can even find disposable grills for Mongolian barbecue in Sapporo’s hardware stores, while some restaurants serve the cuisine on a grill shaped like the prefecture of Hokkaido.
The types of meat used include lamb, which is soft and doesn’t have a gamey taste, and mutton, which is the meat from an older sheep with a unique and gamey taste. Choose from seasoned meat marinated in sauce, or unseasoned meat that you dip into a sauce after cooking. The flavor of the sauce and the way the meat is cut varies by restaurant and supplier. A Mongolian barbecue can be capped off by cooking udon or ramen noodles in the leftover juices, or adding tea to the sauce and drinking it. Each restaurant has their own unique way of presenting the meal, making every outing fun and interesting. Meat is typically imported from New Zealand or Australia, but some restaurants serve rare Suffolk sheep raised locally in Hokkaido. Explore the many restaurants to find your favorite seasoning and way of eating Genghis Khan.

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Recommended summer cuisine in Sapporo, made from ingredients gathered from every region in Hokkaido

Surrounded by three oceans—the Sea of Japan, the Pacific Ocean, and the Sea of Okhotsk, each with a different current—Hokkaido is a treasure trove of seafood ingredients. There are also expansive inland plains, making this a region rich in dairy and farming resources. With a food self-sufficiency rate of 200% (based on calories), Hokkaido serves as the homeland for food ingredients in Japan. As the weather climate changes across the seasons, so does the freshness of the ingredients—as such, there are certain seafood types that are only available during limited times. Don’t miss out on the seasonal food ingredients that are only available now.Surrounded by three oceans—the Sea of Japan, the Pacific Ocean, and the Sea of Okhotsk, each with a different current—Hokkaido is a treasure trove of seafood ingredients. There are also expansive inland plains, making this a region rich in dairy and farming resources. With a food self-sufficiency rate of 200% (based on calories), Hokkaido serves as the homeland for food ingredients in Japan. As the weather climate changes across the seasons, so does the freshness of the ingredients—as such, there are certain seafood types that are only available during limited times. Don’t miss out on the seasonal food ingredients that are only available now.

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DIY-style dining

Dining is one of the pleasures of traveling in Sapporo. In addition to regional specialties such as Genghis Khan mutton, ramen, and soup curry, there are several restaurants where you can enjoy cuisine made from Hokkaido ingredients. That said, eating out at a restaurant day in and day out may become tiring. When the weather is fine, there may be many people who think, “If only I could eat outside…” This time, we will introduce convenient spots for occasions where you long to enjoy dining under the open Sapporo sky. Casual takeout meals, parks where both dining and recreation can be enjoyed to the fullest, and department store basements that offer delicacies from all over Japan―all are options available to Sapporo citizens. You too can enjoy dining in Sapporo as you please, in a casual DIY-style that fits your mood that day.

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