A Taste of Fresh Hokkaido Soba
|Freshly-made soba noodles from the restaurant
Soba noodles are one of the popular staple foods in Japan. It is made of buckwheat flour, roughly as thick as spaghetti, and prepared in several hot and cold dishes.
One afternoon, I was able to finish my work at an early time. Upon realizing that I had enough hours to spend freely, I took my car, Kitty (yeah, I give my car names) and drove along the road to Kutchan to check out some places to eat. While passing by the beautiful Mount Yotei as seen from the left side of the road, I noticed a beautiful cabin house that seemed to be a restaurant. It had a large parking space on the front so I pulled over and checked if it was open. There was a sign above but I couldn't read the kanji at that time; still, I knew it was a restaurant because I could smell Japanese noodles being cooked inside. I slowly opened the door and was fascinated to see a beautifully decorated genkan (entrance). The bells of the door chimed, and a staff welcomed me inside. I knew it was a restaurant after all, but I was surprised to find out that it was a soba restaurant!
Nouka no Sobaya Yoteizan
One of Kutchan's best organic soba noodles is found in the middle of the route extending to Kyogoku Town. Known by the locals as 'Yoteizan Soba House', it has been a favorite because the noodles and other delicacies in the menu are manually done by hand and their ingredients are fresh from the greenery located just beside the restaurant, overlooking the natural centerpiece, Mt. Yotei. What's even amazing about this restaurant is that they use the mountain's spring water to cook the mouth-watering buckwheat noodles.
What I love about the noodles is that I could taste its freshness and softness in my mouth. The soup base was really rich; and the tempura vegetables were so crispy and light. I especially enjoyed their tea which was also prepared fresh from the garden.
|Restaurant interior (photo from the website)
|The view of Mount Yotei from the window (photo from the website)
Yoteizan Soba House is very popular but it's also difficult to go to because the open days are random and sometimes unavailable due to its limited resources. But this doesn't stop customers from coming over.
Yoteizan Soba House is available all-year-round but in modified conditions. Check out the information below for more details.
Nouka no Sobaya Yoteizan 農家のそばや 羊蹄山
Address: 463-5 Fujimi, Kutchan, Abuta District, Hokkaido 044-0075
Google Map: https://g.page/soba-yoteizan?share