November 28, 12 | Takako Chiba
Hamburger chains can't compete with "Lucky Clown (Pierrot)" (The word for clown in Japanese is "Piero" which is an adaptation of the word "Pierrot". This restaurant is called "Lucky Pierrot" for those who are trying to find it) a hugely popular burger joint located in Hakodate.
While there are 16 shops located across Hakodate, the store where it all began can be found in the Bay Area. The most popular burger available at this joint is the "Chinese Chicken Burger."
This delicious burger was created by the owner, who has experience with Chinese cuisine. This burger is made up of three large fried pieces of chicken, which have a slightly sweet taste, topped with lettuce and mayonnaise. A bite of this delicious burger means sticky hands, but also full flavor.
▲ You'll have to open up wide for the first bite!
The menu is packed with many delicious foods besides the Chinese Chicken Burger, but on this visit something special caught my eye. I found myself drawn to the "bun" dish at the store, and I wanted to figure out the secret of its popularity.
These hamburger buns are covered with sesame seeds and have a sweet flavor. As a soft burger ingredient they are delicious enough, but for this dish, they have been cooked until they resemble more of a rusk.
The size and shape of these buns are the same as those found on the burgers, but they are soaked in Hokkaido butter and then fried! When done they are sprinkled with salt, which meshes with the sweetness of the butter magnificently, and have a wonderful crunchy texture. The dish is made up of three slices of bread, and is a great side dish!
While you can't take the hamburgers home as a souvenir, the buns make a great gift! It seems like it may be a new Hakodate souvenir soon.
▲ Only five stores in Hakodate currently sell the "Lucky Rusk" plate. The Bay Area Head Office, Hakodate Station Store, Goryokaku Koenmae Shop, Showa Shop, and Morimachi Akaigawa Shop.
By the way, in the Bay Area store you can find the "Good Luck Bell." It seems the idea is, "If your meal was delicious please ring the bell! Waves of happiness will descend upon you."
During the interview the bell was ringing nonstop, so if you'd like to join in be sure to stop by for a bite!
● ラッキーピエロベイエリア本店 (Lucky Clown, Bay Area Head Office)
23-18 Suehiro-cho, Hakodate
TEL : 0138-26-2099
FAX : 0138-26-0400
■ Hours of Operation : 10:00 - 12:30a.m.
(Hokkaido Likers Writer - Takako Chiba)
(Photography by 仙北慎次写真事務所プロボ 仙北慎次)