Muroran Curry Ramen
The Muroran area is where curry ramen prevails most in Hokkaido, with 60 percent of about fifty ramen restaurants scattered around the city offering curry ramen. The Muroran Curry Ramen Association was established, and is operating to promote curry ramen as the fourth kind of ramen of Hokkaido, following "miso" in Sapporo, "salt" in Hakodate and "soy sauce" in Asahikawa. Owners of the restaurants are paying special attention to the taste, and providing curry soup that goes very well with ramen noodles.
In Muroran, "yakitori" is not chicken. "Muroran Yakitori" is a unique combination of "pork", "onions" and "mustard". Since 1909, when the first blast furnace was lit, Muroran has developed as a city of iron, and yakitori has been the representative food filling workers' stomachs. It is said that Muroran Yakitori started when pork started to be used at the beginning of the Showa era, as farmers began to keep swine. Each restaurant offers its own special sauce.
Noboribetsu Enma Yakisoba
This local gourmet dish started in 2015 and now has spread to 30 or more restaurants, each offering different tastes. Common characteristics of this Yakisoba are: (1) flat noodles made from Hokkaido wheat, (2) a spicy sauce with a strong flavor of sesame, and (3) ingredients produced in Noboribetsu or surrounding areas. There is a story about the local Yakisoba which goes like this. Enma (the king of hell), a leader of devils that live in the valley of hell located in Noboribetsu, is one form of Jizo (the guardian deity of children) when punishing selfish human beings. Jizo is usually kind, but when he turns into Enma, he is said to eat Yakisoba which is spicy but still retains the savor of sesame, in order not to forget kindness even while he is harsh. It is "Noboribetsu Enma Yakisoba".
Sushi, sashimi, Genghis Khan and kaiseki...
A large amount of fish and shellfish are unloaded at the port in this region facing the Pacific Ocean and Volcanic Bay. Even luxury fish such as Sebastes schlegelii Hilgendorf and "Ocho", the king of righteye flounders, are caught, and you can enjoy fresh sea products. On the other hand, many kinds of vegetables are grown, too. A wide variety of gourmet foods are offered, with the use of local fresh ingredients.