What I learnt from this trip is that Otaru may not be the cheapest place to buy fresh/dried scallops. Sea weed and 昆布 still ok.
You'd be surprised how cheap things are at Sapporo Outer Market. Google for the place location.That marketr primarily caters to their locals, so the $$ are cheaper. Its virtually impossible for any tour groups in SG to go there de. See the difference between F&E and packaged tours? F&E allows you to mingle with the locals at their levels... packaged tours forces you to see pre-determined tourist spots.
If you want fresh scallops at the source, meaning straight off the farms, you may consider touring the east coast of Hokkaido. Abashiri, Yubetsu and Mombetsu are major producers of ultra high quality scallops and other seafood. You can see some of their 'kelong' along the coastline when you drive along it.
百色恋人choc can be bought at the factory itself. The place is a must go in Sapporo.
And you gotta try the western pastries and cakes in Sapporo. You'd be surprised how the Japs can actually improve on western dishes with their Japs elements. They're not cheap but the taste is something you can't get here in SG for that kind of $$.
If you're going to hakodate, go find the snaffles shop the cheesecakes are the best. I've seen them at sapporo Jr, Haneda airport and during a sapporo fair in yokohama's sogo. Can never find back that taste...
Yup yup me too. And the food is so tasty and fresh
I was in a supermarket at Asahikawa and I saw them selling 菜心over there! wow, I didn't know 菜心 can grow in such cold weather. A bag about the size of Yili 菜心 that you see in NTUC was selling at 95yen only! TMD, CHEAPER than NTUC! and Hokkaido 菜心 are 100% organic and fresher than we can get here
Those authentic Enoki mushrooms are going for 50yen a box... fully grown in Biei. 4 large pieces of raw Salmon at 398yen
Well said. General cost of living in SG is indeed higher than the people living in Hokkaido, and I'm not even factoring in housing and car costs.
Jap import their branded stuff just like we do right? Why Timberland products are so much cheaper at Rera outlet mall as compared to Timberland outlet mall at IMM? And why the Japs can offer much bigger stocks varieties as compared to ours?
Eg, Scholl slimming tights are selling at ard 50% of what its being sold here. Wifey bought a few pairs (she's very fat). This product was selling at approx SG$30 at various pharmacies in Sapporo and Furano.
The exact same product (in english packaging) are going at a ridiculous price of $70 at BHG at Bugis Junction!! Something is wrong somewhere lor
Basically SG got no land for farming, no natural resources.... only thing we have is FT . Everything is imported, at least most things we eat, use and wear. Just compare to our neighbors, is sufficient. People always see the negative things but hardly the positive ones. For example, Taxation, Japan tax starts from 5% to 40%, USA taxation starts from 10% to 39+% and our taxation starts from 0 to 20%.
Although your choice of food would be quite limited. Its entirely possible to have a decent meal (breakfast esp) for 300-400yen in Hokkaido. 7-11, Lawson and Sencomart are your great choices. Of cos, the various venues as mentioned by other bros here applies too
FYI some Sencomart offers free upper level seating area with proper tables and chairs for you to eat your purchases bought downstairs. The place is spacious and very clean (cleaner than many of our Food Republic ah) so the experiecence is great. Fully aircon too.
Anyone who will be staying at Sapporo Tokyu Excel hotel the next time can try this out. There's a Sencomart outlet just a street away from the hotel and it features free upper level seating. I had declious western breakfast set of bread, omelette and coffee for 400yen only.
In any case we cannot really compare our hawker/coffee shop food with whats available in Hokkaido. Yes we can have a meal for $4 here, but what about portion size, and most imptly, quality of the food?
Its no secret that no tks for our ever rising cost of living, hawker food here is no longer the ones we know of say 5 yrs ago. Many stalls are ran by salaried PRC and most can't cook for nuts. God knows what they put into your food as ingredients.
And many stalls kept increasing their prices while REDUCING the meal portion, quality and overall standards. Although such stalls tends to collapse after a short while, there are other stalls who have no choice but to follow their steps just trying to make ends meet.
You don't see such things happening in Hokkaido lor. You won't find PRC, indians or other FT cooking Japs food in Japan. It just doesn't happen. If you can imagine paying Food Republic prices for your meal purchases daily, you basically can have quite a few high quality choices in Hokkaido ya
And when their gasoline prices are actually CHEAPER than what's being sold in SG, you know something is very wrong again.
Ok la let's not OT any further. I understand what I saw so this is why I'd like to share my experience with you guys
may i know whether snack shops at airports, KIX eg, has cardboard boxes ready for tourists buying alot of snacks? I was hoping to do my most of my snacks shopping at KIX before entering departure, then check in the box as luggage. rather than carrying the snacks around while touring.
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