Foodie Review: Hokkaido Ramen Santouka

Have you gone to Hokkaido for ramen? I would love to someday, but for now, let’s just try some ramen! It was a very cold winter day, so ramen was the perfect choice to keep our tummies warm.


Clothes From The Ainu Museum Collection

I noticed two beautiful robes hung on the wall as part of the restaurant’s decor. These robes were from the Ainu Museum of Hokkaidō, Japan.

The museum’s mission is “to promote a proper understanding and awareness of Ainu history and culture in Japan and elsewhere out of respect for the dignity of the indigenous Ainu people while contributing to the creation and development of new aspects of Ainu culture”.Wikipedia

“Traditional Ainu culture was quite different from Japanese culture. Never shaving after a certain age, the men had full beards and moustaches. Men and women alike cut their hair level with the shoulders at the sides of the head, trimmed semicircularly behind. The women tattooed their mouths, and sometimes the forearms. The mouth tattoos were started at a young age with a small spot on the upper lip, gradually increasing with size. The soot deposited on a pot hung over a fire of birch bark was used for colour. Their traditional dress was a robe spun from the inner bark of the elm tree, called attusi or attush. Various styles were made, and consisted generally of a simple short robe with straight sleeves, which was folded around the body, and tied with a band about the waist. The sleeves ended at the wrist or forearm and the length generally was to the calves. Women also wore an undergarment of Japanese cloth.“— Wikipedia

Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia: Ainu Couple in 1914

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What We Ate

Kara-miso Ramen:

Spicy Soybean Paste

Shoyu Ramen:

Soy Sauce Flavour


Pork dumplings


Simmered pork jowl meat


Cold ramen served with hot dipping soup


After reading about the history of Ainu group in Hokkaido and savouring the ramen that began in Hokkaido, I really want to visit one day! Imagine visiting their first shop and Ainu museum in Hokkaido!!

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13 thoughts on “Foodie Review: Hokkaido Ramen Santouka

  1. Fascinating, Vivian! I knew of the Ainu, of course, but was unaware of restaurants celebrating their culinary heritage. Thanks for the (hunger-inspiring) education!

    The food looks delicious, and seems to insulate beautifully against winter’s chill. Your description matches, and makes me wish I were anywhere but here, staring at my monitor.

    That’s it – I’m off!

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  2. Aw, I still need to try real ramen. Not the instant kind. 😉

    Those robes are beautiful! They look similar to the kind I saw in a clip of Ainu women performing a traditional song. The Ainu are a fascinating people, and I’m glad there are places making an effort to preserve and celebrate their culture.

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