Monbetsu Drift Ice Adventure 7 – Handmade Kamaboko at Idezuka Suisan

"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…
( Photograph by  Mamoru Omiya )
After making my choices, I took them to be fried. 
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!
The staff told me that the trick is to mix the paste very thoroughly.  This will make the cake very light and airy.
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!
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.  
( Photograph by  Mamoru Omiya)
You can also observe the assembly process for free.
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 ]
〈Day 1〉
14:00 / Hokkaido Okhotsk Drift Ice Science Center - Giza
or Mari san no ki
15:00 / Okhotsk Tokkari Center
16:00 / Okhotsk Observation Tower
Dinner / Seafood at Rin
〈Day 2〉
06:00 / Garinko 2
From here you could also go to the Science Center
10:00 /  Dezuka Fisheries
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 )