Sunday, October 23, 2011

What To Eat & What to Buy in Hokkaido


Actually this post is specially dedicated for a friend who is going to Hokkaido this month. He wants to know what’s the best food in Hokkaido that he shouldn’t miss.



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These were what I bought from Hokkaido! OMG! I miss all the snacks so much!



Must-eat (1) – Crabs


Hokkaido crabs are so BIG, fresh and sweet seriously! If you are a seafood lover, you must try this out!

For more photos and information on Hokkaido crabs, please read my previous post.


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Must-eat (2) – Lavender flavour ice cream


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It tasted heavenly nice. Bought this at the Tomita Farm at Furano. I love the smoothness and the aroma. So refreshing!



Must-eat (3) – Potatoes


There are two famous type of potatoes here; Danshaku (baron) and Kitaakari (northern light).


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I don't know how to differentiate. I just know the potatoes here are sweet and soft! It tastes perfect with the Hokkaido butter! You will never want to eat the normal potatoes if these type of potatoes are available in Malaysia.



Must-eat (4) – Cheese cake


Double Fromage, a double layered cheesecake with baked cream cheese and no-bake mascherpone. This is the signature product of LeTao, a famous bakery in Otaru.

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I never expect Japanese can make such nice cheese cake. It's really the BEST cheesecake that I've ever had.

The velvety smooth, soft and creamy texture made this cheesecake stand out the crowd. The cheesecake was not too sweet, just tasted perfect and one slice is never enough.

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Must-eat (5) – Cream Puff


Bought a 105yen cream puff at a convenience store in hotel just to fill my stomach. But it was too surprisingly yummy!

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Look at the amount of cream inside OMG! Every bite was so satisfying as the sweetness and softness of the cream were oozing out.




If you are wondering what to buy for souvenirs? Check these out!


Must-buy (1) – Calbee Potato Farm Jaga Pokkuru Potato Sticks


This is really super nice! And I think it's only available in Hokkaido! But I also heard that it has suddenly shown up in Narita Airport!

These has a nice potato flavor and are lightly salted. Bought it at Chitose airport at 840yen for a box that contains 18 packs.

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The heartiest snacks that you can't stop yourself from eating!



Must-buy (2) – Shiroi Koibito Biscuits


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Love that melts into your mouth. You will not able to resist it after first bite! Read my previous post if you want to know more about this super famous cookies.


Must-buy (3) – Maruse Butter Cookie by Rokkatei


A product of Rokkatei (六花亭), one of the most popular sweets house in Hokkaido. You can shops selling Rokkatei's products easily at some street markets or even rest houses at highways.

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Rich butter cream mixed with dried raisin is sandwiched with two pieces of biscuit. Yum yum..........




Must-buy (4) – Crispy Cappuccino-Frost Tatami by Rokkatei


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The crispy layer of biscuits matched with the velvety smooth cappuccino cream! But it doesn't come cheap. It's about 800yen for a pack of four.



Must-buy (5) – Strawberry Chocolate Ball by Rokkatei


Available in white or black chocolate ball, with a strawberry inside. A little bit sour taste of the strawberry then serve with the sweet chocolate is a perfect match.

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Must-buy (6) – Instant Bowl Noodles


Bought this at convenience store just to spend my Yen on the last night. But I never expect it could be so delicious. My hubby super loves this!

I've tried many type of Japanese instant noodles that I bought from Japanese food fair but none of them can beat this seriously.

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The superb packaging! Love the soup paste, which turned this bowl of of noodles to a super yummy and taste like restaurant-served high quality noodles.



Must-buy (7) – Potato Cookies


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These soft butter potato cookies were just amazing! Love the aroma. Arghhh.... Why we can't get it in Malaysia?



Must-buy (8) – HORI Yubai Melon Jelly

Yubari melons are renowned for their sweetness and perfect proportions. They are also know as the Japan's Melon Kingdom. I think this is only available if you are going during summer.

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Chill them in the fridge, peel off the cover and savor the jelly with a spoon. It's akin to scooping from a slice of the famed Yubari melon. Yummy! The rich flavor, refreshing sweetness and mellow aroma of Yubari melons are the reasons for their popularity.



Must-buy (9) – ROYCE Potato Chips Chocolate


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Crrrunch! Salty potato chips + sweet chocolate taste melt together in your mouth! Two flavours are available, original and fromage blanc (cheese) and I personally prefer the latter. Best movie snacks!



Must-buy (10) – ROYCE Nutty Bar Chocolate


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Chocolate bar that looks like Kit-Kat but definitely yummier because of the super rich flavor of hazelnuts, almonds, pecan, macademia and pecan.



Must-buy (11) – Dried scallops


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These premium quality dried scallops are not cheap. It was about RM120 for a pack. I still have some in my fridge.



Must-buy (12) – Baron Potato Candy


If you love potato, then you may love this. This isn't very delicious, but the taste is special. Candy is sweet but when it's mixed with butter, it tastes a bit salty. This is how I can describe the taste.

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Must-buy (13) – Hokkaido Milk Candy


This tastes a bit too sweet but I still love it because it's the product of Hokkaido!


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A good souvenir for friends too!



Majority of the cookies and biscuits from Hokkaido can only last for 2 weeks (yes, only 14 days) from the date of manufacture, which you can see on the packaging, with a stamp to show the "best use by". Meaning all the produces are really fresh, without preservative (I assume) and thus must be healthy!


After looking at all these good food, are you hungry now?


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Moist Chocolate Cake with Ice Cream


Thanks to my darling, Shazilah that bought me the D'ROS cake flour. The recipe of the cake is super simple and a first time baker like me could also bake a delicious moist chocolate cake.



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The recipe included the topping for the cake but I was too lazy to prepare for it. To minimise the work, I chose to decorate the cake using ice cream and wafer because I knew my hubby would love it! Looks nice?



Yeah! I think my hubby is going to love me more. Haha.........



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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Shiroi Koibito Park


Shiroi Koibito Park is a must-visit place if you are going to Hokkaido. It is a theme park managed by the local chocolate company, Ishiya. There's a Chocolate Factory, where Shiroi Koibito cookies are manufactured, Tudor House, Cafe and restautant.


Shiroi Koibito is one of the famous cookies or souvenirs that you can buy in Hokkaido. I will show you the photo in the last part.


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Outside the park


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Disney-style shops


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The staff at reception area welcomed us with smile and ready to distribute park passes and their signature product, Shiroi Koibito cookies to us.


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The passport of the Park


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Beautiful Aurora fountain, which was built in around 1870!

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Love the interior design

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Entering the Chocolate Time Tunnel to explore the manufacturing process of Shiroi Koibito cookies

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Let's start the tour

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Place your hand here to feel the heat from the baking oven.


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Chocolate making process


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We passed by the tour corridor and had a look on the production floor. Can you see the small pieces of biscuits? They were Shiroi Koibito cookies.


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Can't believe that factory can be this impressive!


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After visiting the manufacturing division, we proceeded to Piccadilly Shop, a cafe that serves a range of exclusive cakes and highly commendable chocolate beverages. Too bad that we didn't have time to enjoy all these.


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One of their products, wedding cake


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These were just too nice to be put into the mouth.


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Moved on to another area!


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Some cute dolls that moved their hands and heads following the beat of the music played.


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And this was the Old-style Children Toy Box! Featuring the collections of Japanese toys back to 70's.


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Met with a super kawai staff and requested to take a photo with her


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I think this Park is just so perfect for me to spend at least half day for photo shooting but too bad, we were allowed to walk around for only one hour T_T


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Look at the magnificent interiors! It's surprisingly more than just the "chocolate" biscuits that they're famous for.


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This is the lovely courtyard outside the Park. Found many kinds running around and playing with their parents. What a good hangout place for all!


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This garden would be perfect for pre-wedding photo shooting. So many flowers!


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Munching the biscuits in the bus. Each bite was simply wonderful!


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The packaging of Shiroi Koibito cookies


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Unwrap the green paper and you will see a white box with light blue design


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Inside the box. As you can see in the photo, it's a thin butter cookie with soft white chocolate in between and it melts in your mouth like clouds.


Why am I blogging this at such hungry hour? I'm craving for this madly.


This delicious cookies spell love at first bite! Oh yeah, it's only available in Hokkaido and Narita Airport in Japan.


But we are super lucky! If you wanna try this super yummy cookies, I think you may get it at Isetan or Japanese food fair at One Utama. Try your luck!


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