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Feb 2, 2009 05:19 PM

Ramen Recs for Sapporo

I'll be in Sapporo for the snow festival/snowboarding and my friends and I were looking at Ganso Ramen Yokocho, a street with 17 ramen joints. Obviously I'd like to try them all, but seeing as we only have 5 days, and I need to eat seafood, jingisu kan, and all that, we're going to try to limit it to 2 or 3.

Does anyone have any recommendations for spots in Sapporo, on this street or otherwise? We'd like to stick to the Sapporo ramen style (even though I tend to favor tonkotsu broth) if possible, but I'm open to any really remarkable ramen. Thanks in advance.

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  1. There is a 'ramen theme park' called Ramen Republic on the 10th floor of the ESTA building, in front of JR Sapporo station.

    Im afraid I cant remember the name of it, but its a very famous ramen store in Saporro, and the original branch is in the centre of town. It's miso broth, but is also akin to tonkotsu. Basically like nothing else ive had before. They fry bits of cabbage and pork before adding the soup so its sort of like Champon, but without the seafood (and a massive hunk of chashu pork instead.) Rather rich, hearty and hIghly recommended. THe restuarant looks very rustic and 1950s japanese style. Half way around the complex. Highly recommended...

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    1. re: foreignmuck

      I wonder if the ramen park in Sapporo is the same idea as the one on the 10th floor of the Kyoto station. If memory serves me, that was in the Esta building as well.

      Is it a mixed base perhaps? I've had shoyu-tonkotsu and shio-tonkotsu but never miso-tonkotsu...soudns like it could be interesting. Huge chunks of pork are always welcome as well, particularly if it's fatty and soft :) Thanks for the rec.

    2. Here's an interesting site that has a user ranking for ramen shops for Sapporo. It looks like their users are more active for Sapporo than, say Tabelog.

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      1. re: E Eto

        Can you translate the first 2 or 3?