Friday, January 04, 2013

otaru day 3

IMG_2795 Day 3 started with the Hotel Nord's breakfast buffet which I wasn't too impressed with, not many "Hokkaido" ingredients used.

Though, I did like their special pudding, nice and creamy.

IMG_2814 After checking-out, we walked around the Kita Unga (North Canal) area.

I enjoyed looking at the New Years decorations, they are different from Osaka, a little more vibrant.

IMG_2818 We were also amazed with the icicles. Though you have to be careful where you walk, you don't want snow from the rooftops to come crashing down on you nor the icicles.

#otaru fire dog bunko #hokkaido #japan #travel One thing we saw was this statue of a dog named Bunko, he was apparently a dog with the fire department and lived 24 years or 100 years in dog years. He was always the first on on the truck when an emergency arose.

IMG_2828 On the way to the Authent Hotel we bought a piroshki from Inomata, which we heard was good.

The outside is crunchy and the inside had bits of gobo and water chestnuts along with some minced pork.

Kind of Asian...different but good.

IMG_2835 We also came across another panju place, Nishikawa panju.

This place has been in business for 50 years plus!

IMG_2838 These domes were bigger than the ones we tried from Kuwataya and the owner said that they make their an (sweet bean paste) from scratch.

The thing we liked about these were that he gave us two fresh out of the molds so they were piping hot. Perfect on an icy day.

IMG_2851 After checking out some sights and fish markets, we went to the "sushi street" to look for lunch.

We stopped into Maruyama.

A tiny shop but look at this chirashizushi that I ordered...pretty, yeah?! Delicious too.

IMG_2853 Satoshi went with the nigiri, but I thought his sushi was skimpy for the price. (a little higher than my dish)

IMG_2855 After lunch, Satoshi wanted to check out a Japanese sweet shop, little did we know that it was just around the corner from Maruyama.

Niikuraya specializes in different types of dango (dumplings).

We chose their anko (sweet bean paste), matcha (green tea), kurogoma (black sesame seed) and mitarashi (sweet shoyu sauce).

If you eat your dango at the shop, they serve you free tea...whoo! You cannot complain that there isn't enough bean paste, there is actually too much.

IMG_2867 We then walked to Sakaiya, a retro-cafe. This cafe is inside an old warehouse.

The coffee was good here, plus they don't allow smoking.

IMG_2875 After coffee, we tried Kameju's cream pan. Soft brioche style bread filled with different creams.

I tried the chocolate while Satoshi tried the strawberry.

IMG_2878 At this point, I was really full, I ate some cabbage salad from New Sanko.

This salad was interesting with bacon bits and shiofuki konbu (seasoned kelp). Satoshi had sashimi, fried ika geso (squid legs) and tsukune (chicken patty).

Another full day with lots of walking and eating.

Inomata
3-1-1 Inaho
Otaru, Hokkaido
Phone: 0134.22.7905

Nishikawa Panju
2-12-16 Inaho
Otaru, Hokkaido
Phone: 0134.22.4297

Maruyama
1-13-1 Ironai
Otaru, Hokkaido
Phone: 0134.25.6625

Niikuraya
1-3-1 Hanazono
Otaru, Hokkaido
Phone: 0134.27.2121

Sakaiya
4-4 Sakai-machi
Otaru, Hokkaido
Phone: 0134.29.0105

Kameju
1-5-12 Irifune
Otaru, Hokkaido
Phone: 0134.33.8044

New Sanko
1-3-6 Inaho
Otaru, Hokkaido
Phone: 0134.33.3500

Authent Hotel
2-15-1 Inaho
Otaru, Hokkaido
Phone: 0134.27.8100

6 comments:

jimmy said...

I'm really loving this series of posts, thanks for writing it up!

K said...

What a great day of eats! I LOVE mitarashi dango, I miss having them in Japan!

KirkK said...

Another major food fest Kat! Man, those icicles looked sharp.....that chriashi looked awesome.

K and S said...

Thanks Jimmy!

indeed K, I hope you can have some mitarashi soon!

they were really scary looking Kirk, the chirashi was pretty awesome too.

Take care everyone.
Kat

Rowena... said...

I'm glad that you admitted your "fullness" at the end because with all those food stops I was beginning to get full just by reading them. Do you even have the vaguest idea of how many miles you walked around? My appetite actually lowers when it's cold (I only like to drink warm teas/hot soups) and I find myself losing weight.

K and S said...

I don't think we walked too far, but I wish my appetite could be like yours Rowena :)

Take care.
Kat