Hokkaido Soup Stand

Hokkaido Soup Stand

WTF!!!! I can hear you guys scream from over here. smirk Don’t worry, we had 2 meals at Michelin star places in Hokkaido so there’s lots of good food write-ups coming up. This was actually our very first meal in Japan. We were on the way to our ryokan (traditional full service Japanese inn) so we didn’t want to spoil our appetite since we had a complete kaiseki (multi course formal Japanese dinner) due in a few hours.

Hokkaido Soup Chitose

Thus, we decided to grab something light to eat at New Chitose Airport while waiting for the shuttle to pick us up. My better half wanted to eat soup so we came here. Personally, my choice was beef tongue, very popular in Japan, but she doesn’t like beef. I can eat just about anything and I was very happy with the Hokkaido in the title so here we came.

エビとブロッコリーの北海道有機トマトクリーム
Shrimp and Broccoli in Hokkaido Organic Tomato Cream (JPY 910 or RM 38)

Hokkaido Soup Stand Set

This was my order. You can have it by itself for JPY 530 (S) or JPY 690 (M) and I opted for the smallest size since I didn’t want to ruin my appetite. You can have Set A (Hokkaido white rice, sprouted brown rice, circle bread of Hokkaido wheat + one drink) for JPY 380 extra or Set B (just one of the 3 starches, no drink) for a JPY 160 supplement. I opted for the full set and went with Hokkaido white rice (200 grams) and an iced coffee.

Hokkaido Shrimp Organic Tomato Cream

The rice was nice and fluffy and came locally so that was delicious. The real star was the huge and juicy shrimps though. It was my first preview of the wonderful and abundant seafood available in Hokkaido and I fell in love right away. It went very well with the organic tomato soup base with cream. The cream is local too, Hokkaido is a big dairy producer.

北海道白菜と豚肉の中華鍋
Wok of Hokkaido Chinese Cabbage and Pork (JPY 520 or RM 22)

Hokkaido Pork Soup

RM 22 for a soup seems a bit steep but the prices here are actually decent if you don’t convert. A regular meal per pax is usually around JPY 2,000 (RM 85) so it’s best not to convert. Haha. It’s a good thing I brought a fair amount of yen so we could eat whatever we wanted. The pork here was decent and the soup tasted good enough but I preferred mine. My dear had this and shared my rice.

Chitose Airport

I thought this was a good start to our Japan trip. It wasn’t over-the-top delicious or luxurious but that’s good coz we wanted to fit the kaiseki in later. Plus, since our first meal was so humble, the two other Michelin star restaurants we went to, the splurging on uni (sea urchin) with rice, the trio of snow crab, king crab and hairy crab is made all the more special. For that, Hokkaido Soup Stand served its purpose and we were both happy with what we had. Stay tuned for more! :)

Posted: 1:01 am Japan time (GMT/UTC +9)

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16 thoughts on “Hokkaido Soup Stand

    • Yeah, it was so nice to drink a hot soup on a cold day! :)

      I’m usually not big on soups but my dear wanted them, probably for the same reason, it was quite jarring as soon as we got to Hokkaido since the temperature difference between Malaysia (30 degrees Celsius) and Sapporo (-11 degrees Celsius) is so extreme it took a while to acclimatize.

    • Yeah, Hokkaido is famous for their dairy! :)

      Thus, they put a lot of cream into their soups. The cream is delicious though and surprisingly the best mango lassi we had was in Sapporo. HAHAHAHA It was soooo thick and creamy and made with Hokkaido milk and cream that it flows like lava.

  1. I love creamy soups! I don’t fancy (red) tomato sauces or soups, but if creamy ones like in the picture, I don’t mind trying.. I prefer your cabbage & pork creamy dish, it actually looks like chowder in the picture..

    • I usually don’t go for soups myself. :)

      I do like creamy soups though, same as you. It was so hard to find out what was what at first so we had to guess most of the time. However, there is better technology now, you can actually take a photo of the Japanese words and Google will try and translate it for you.

    • Me too! :)

      We just ate this for fun coz we didn’t want to eat too much. We had a big kaiseki dinner later and didn’t want to ruin our appetite. We ate ramen twice too – once at a remote Michelin listed place. It was the best!

    • Yeah, we just happened to pass by. :)

      We wanted something savory to eat but didn’t want to eat too much for fear of spoiling our appetite so this fit the bill perfectly. Thus we ate here coz it was the right thing to eat at the right time. It was quite decent though, perfect for a winter’s day.

    • Yeah, that’s really nice too! :)

      I just like seafood personally. I’m very big on seafood, I’ll usually choose fish and shellfish over most meats nowadays. This wasn’t always true, I didn’t like fish growing up, while I loved chicken and pork. I still do but I like fish more now.

    • Yeah, I Googled that store and it’s a similar concept. :)

      I think soup places wanted to take off around 2012 or so. They were big in London at the time too and I saw them spreading in Australia too. It was good for winter days and people on a diet liked them coz you could eat less calories by drinking soup + eating bread or white rice. It didn’t really take off though but there are a couple of places around.

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