The Dirty Stall

Asari Honten

Posted on: May 6, 2017

I’ve always wanted to try sukiyaki but never actually tried to actively seek out a good place for it.

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It just so happened that there was a pretty well-known sukiyaki restaurant in Hakodate called Asari Honten. I think they also got a Michelin star in the 2012 guide.

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It has been around for more than a century, and it’s wildly popular so reservations are highly recommended. I was extremely lucky to get a walk-in table though!

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Here the waitress melts beef tallow in a cast iron pan for the sukiyaki.

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One of the special things about Asari is that they offer A5 kuroge wagyu for the sukiyaki lunch sets at very reasonable prices.

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A lot of vegetables and noodles besides the beef!

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Glorious sheets of A5 wagyu!!!

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This is their special soup stock going in first.

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Followed by the darker sukiyaki sauce.

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Cook for a bit, then it’s ready!

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The beef goes well dipped in raw egg too!

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Finish off with yuzu sorbet.

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Another thing is that Asari is actually owned and run by a wagyu butchery.

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I really wished I could have bought the whole slab back home…

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