A MUST DO activity when in Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost island.
Renowned for its fresh and high-quality seafood, the region is surrounded by cold, nutrient-rich waters, making it an ideal location for various fish and shellfish. If you're in Hokkaido and looking to experience a unique culinary adventure, especially in a place like SnowDog Village, here's a general guide on how you might go about picking up fresh ocean fish for a BBQ:
𝐋𝐨𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐅𝐢𝐬𝐡 𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐞𝐭𝐬:
Explore local fish markets in coastal towns or cities. Places like Hakodate or Sapporo have renowned needs where you can find various fresh seafood.
Visit fishermen's wharves, where you can buy seafood directly from those who caught it. This ensures the freshest possible catch.
Engage with locals or the staff at your accommodation. They can provide recommendations on the best places to buy fresh seafood.
Depending on the season, certain seafood may be more readily available. Ask for recommendations on what's in season for the best flavours.
If you're staying in a place like SnowDog Village, check if they provide BBQ facilities or if there are designated areas for grilling. Some accommodations may even assist in sourcing fresh seafood.
𝐖𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐁𝐁𝐐 𝐏𝐫𝐞𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬:
Make sure you are well-prepared for a winter BBQ. Dress warmly, bring suitable equipment, and consider any safety precautions needed for grilling in a snowy environment.
Explore local specialities. Hokkaido is known for its uni (sea urchin), king crab, salmon, and various types of shellfish. Consider incorporating these into your BBQ menu.
When preparing seafood for a BBQ, please keep it simple to let the freshness shine. A touch of salt, pepper, and a squeeze of lemon can go a long way.
Remember that Hokkaido offers a unique culinary experience with its fresh seafood, and embracing the local flavours can make your BBQ memorable. Whether you're enjoying it by the coast or in the snow-covered surroundings of SnowDog Village, savouring Hokkaido's seafood is a delightful way to experience the region's culinary richness.
𝐅𝐫𝐞𝐞 𝐞-𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐜𝐞𝐬: