One thing we wanted to eat was shijimi ramen – ramen with a kind of freshwater clam. We went to the restaurant that is famous for shijimi ramen on Thursday night.
It was the best ramen I have ever eaten. I know that sounds funny, but ramen in Japan is totally different from the dried 25 cent packs that students eat. Here it is:
Perhaps you’d like to see it closer:
The broth was buttery and delicious. Ramen selfie!
While we were eating, we picked up a magazine that highlighted local foods around Hokkaido. We found the shop where we were in there. Here is a picture of shijimi ramen with a picture of shijimi ramen.
On the cover of the magazine was a picture that made me instantly drool. I am a cheese fiend.
We looked it up, just to see what lucky town got to have such a beautiful cheesy dish.
As you may have guessed, the restaurant was a Wakkanai restaurant. But, we were shocked. It was immediately determined that this dish needed to be eaten post-haste.
The next day, we went to Dino’s, home of the cheesy dish, before going to the gym. Don’t ask. The cheesy dish is actually called a sloppy joe. And it is incredibly huge. I could only eat half. But, it is not a sloppy joe as we know it. This one is a giant bun with a giant hamburger patty in the middle. Tomato sauce is on top, and the whole thing is smothered in cheese.
Dino’s is also famous for the American Army burger. I think it got its name because one can feed the entire army. Here’s one more close up of the sloppy joe.