Day 3 - the plan was to visit Shiroi Koibito Park and Curb Market (Sapporo seafood wholesale market).
Initially thought of heading directly to Shiroi Koibito Park for brunch, but hubby wanted to eat breakfast at his favourite bakery, Cafe Danmark (JR Sapporo station).
Shiroi Koibito Park is a chocolate factory by the Ishiya chocolate company. Their flagship product is the Shiroi Koibito cookie 白色恋人 (thin wafer thin butter cookies sandwiched with a layer of creamy white chocolate filling) which is now one of the most famous Hokkaido souvenirs.
We paid 600 yen each for the production line observation and exhibitions. Areas like rose garden, clock tower and shops are free.
After hanging around for a bit, we bought some souvenirs and headed towards our highlight of the trip - Sapporo Central Wholesale Market otherwise known as Curb Market or Jogai Ichiba.
Hubby's favourite seafood, the Botan Ebi ボタンエビ (牡丹海老), which is large sweet prawn usually eaten fresh since it's such a precious crustacean. At 500yen a piece, not exactly cheap but so much fresher than what you could eat in SG. We had one each and hubby had two!
After all the above, we still had seafood rice bowl to share!!
Although we were very full already, no regret coz the ikura was so so so fresh!! By the end of the meal, we were filled to the brim! But oh-so-satisfying!
After that, we headed back to Odori area as my boots was spoilt and I needed to get a new pair. We separated for our individual shopping.
Ordered the Sapporo butter corn ramen. It was so-so only, The broth was light and not too heavy, noodle quite chewy. The corn wasn't very fresh though and I was disappointed that the egg was not my expected runny yolk type.
The broth was rich and flavourful with a spicy miso and also came with black fungus and my beloved runny yolk egg! This was so much better than the earlier stall.
Thereafter we took a cab bought to our hotel (cab fare was around 800 yen, which was the same price 200yen x 4, if we were to take subway back to Sapporo station from Susukino station).
Day 4, we would be heading to Jozankei Onsen for my highly anticipated onsen! Stay tuned!
- Shiroi Koibito Park - http://www.shiroikoibitopark.jp/
- Sapporo Central Seafood Market (Curb Market/Jogai Ichiba) - http://www.jyogaiichiba.com/
- Kani Nikkai (seafood shop and restaurant) - http://kani-nikkai.net/, http://www.kani-nikkai.net/ajidokoro/index.html
- Sapporo Ramen Alley - http://www.ganso-yokocho.com/rekishi.html
- Teshikaga Ramen - http://teshikaga-ramen.com/contents/souhonten.html