Local special dish in Hokkaido


  1. Gengis Khan ( Barbecued Mutton )
2. Sapporo beer

3. Summary

Hokkaido’s cuisine relies on the simplicity and natural flavours of its ingredients. Crab, scallops, and salmon are local specialities and restaurants specializing in these delicacies are common across the island. Other local delicacies not to be missed include Genghis Kahn barbecue, Ishikari-nabe hotpot, ramen noodles and Sapporo Beer.

Today, I will tell you about one of our favorite local specialty ” Gengis Khan”.

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Gengis Khan (Barbecued Mutton)

One of Hokkaido’s most popular dishes is Genghis Khan BBQ (Jingisukan), which consists of grilled lamb or mutton and vegetables grilled on domed iron plate, together with special sauce (unique to each shop). Lamb and mutton are always a part of a Hokkaido barbecue. There are basically two ways to have Genghis Khan; either you grill the marinated meat or dip the grilled meat in sauce. Lamb and mutton are not commonly eaten meats in Japan, so it is a distinct speciality of Hokkiado. Another reason for its popularity is that Genghis Khan goes well with beer! Good places to try it are at Sapporo’s beer halls, for example, the Sapporo Bier Garten or Kirin Beer Garden.


Sapporo beer

Sapporo Breweries Limited is a Japanese brewery founded in 1876. It is the oldest brand of beer in Japan. It was first brewed in Sapporo, Japan in 1876 by the German-trained brewer Seibei Nakagawa.

There is the Sapporo Beer Museum  located in the Sapporo Garden Park in  Sapporo, Hokkaido. Registered as one of the Hokkaido Heritage sites in 2004, the museum is the only beer museum in Japan. The red-brick building was erected originally as a factory of the Sapporo Sugar Company in 1890, and later opened as a museum in July 1987. The building also houses the Sapporo Beer Garden in the south wing.



One of Hokkaido’s most popular dishes is Genghis Khan BBQ which goes well with Sapporo beer. Why don’t you visit Sapporo and try these two best combination?

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