"Kamaboko" is a kind of fish paste used for traditional fried Japanese fish cakes. Idezuka Suisan, a corner shop in the Monbetsu port, is a specialty shop dedicated to making kamaboko from Okhotsk scallops and other fish native to Hokkaido.
The shop offers a variety of kamaboko from rare scallop to western style bacon-cheese flavors. What’s unique about this shop is that you choose what cakes you want and the shop fries them up fresh for you.
The Kamaboko showcase…
▲ Cakes with scallops, cakes with crab…there’s so much variety it’s easy to become lost in the abundance of choice.
( Photograph by Mamoru Omiya )
After making my choices, I took them to be fried.
▲ It only takes a few minutes, but the scent of the kamaboko comes over you while your waiting.
The freshly fried kamaboko smell so good but once you start to eat them, there’s no stopping!
One more interesting aspect of this shop is that you can make your own kamaboko! You can actually choose the type of fish paste that you want, mix it all together with added flavors, and make your own fresh kamaboko. I tried it too!
▲ It’s really quite simple; you just combine the paste and other ingredients. You can choose from cheese, edamame (soy beans), octopus, corn and other ingredients. Again, so many choices! ( Photograph by Mamoru Omiya)
The staff told me that the trick is to mix the paste very thoroughly. This will make the cake very light and airy.
▲ After thoroughly mixing the paste and your chosen ingredients, simply shape the cake. I did two different flavors: cheese with black pepper, and edamame. ( Photograph by Mamoru Omiya)
The scent of the kamaboko wafts up from the fryer, and you know the cake is done once you see it start to float. Now we’re ready eat!
▲ As expected, the freshly cooked kamaboko is great and eating something you made yourself will leave you with a deep sense of satisfaction. The cheese and pepper cake had a spicy flavor to it, and the edamame cake perfectly tender.
The shop will nicely box your fresh kamaboko so it’s easily taken home, but there’s also an eating space on the second floor if you’d like to sample the kamaboko before going home.
▲ It’s a great space with a view overlooking the port. You can eat the kamaboko bought downstairs with a free drink. The service is also very attentive and welcoming.
( Photograph by Mamoru Omiya)
You can also observe the assembly process for free.
▲ You can see where the shop’s kamaboko are prepared.
Be sure to stop by during your visit to Monbetsu.
There are also many souvenirs.
[ Idezuka Suisan ]
Phone / 0120-042-012
Address / 紋別市港町５丁目3-23
Hours / 8:30 – 18:00 （Changes in summer）, Kamaboko Making is everyday 10:00 – 14:00 (no holidays)
Fee / Kamaboko Making Adult 600 Yen, Children (12 and under) 400 Yen Reservations required two days in advance.
Access / About 10 minutes by car from the Monbetsu Bus Station.
[ Model Course ]
14:00 / Hokkaido Okhotsk Drift Ice Science Center - Giza http://eng.mg/33edf
or Mari san no ki http://eng.mg/69d38
15:00 / Okhotsk Tokkari Center
16:00 / Okhotsk Observation Tower
Dinner / Seafood at Rin
06:00 / Garinko 2
From here you could also go to the Science Center
10:00 / Dezuka Fisheries http://eng.mg/d24b0
11:15 / Okhotsk Monbetsu White Curry (Kitchen Shima or Hotel Okhotsk Palace)
※ Flights from Haneda to Monbetsu take about 1 hour 40 minutes.
※ Bus ride from Monbetsu Airport to Monbetsu Bus Terminal takes about 15 minutes.
( Research, Photography, Composition by Hokkaido Likers Photo Writer – Fukko )