Japan — ROYCE’s chocolate

Royce’s chocolate

Besides Shiroi Koibito’s chocolate cookies, Royce’s chocolate is also another famous sweet in Hokkaido. It has to put in the fridge.

The chocolates have the chocolate powder on it, that’s why some people call this chocolate as “chocolate dust.” There are different flavors, such as rum, champagne, Hennessy VSOP, red tea. I highly recommend the rum flavor, since it contains a strong flavor of rum and just a little bit sweet taste. Because the chocolate is cold, so it won’t taste too sweet. When you put the chocolate in the mouth, it will melt immediately .

A box of Royce’s chocolate has 20 pieces of chocolate.

Except the chocolate dust, Royce also provides other sweets.

Royce’s black chocolate dust

Royce’s white chocolate dust

Royce’s potatochip chocolate

Royce’s marshmallow chocolate

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Japan — Shiroi Koibito Chocolate

Shiroi Koibito Chocolate Cookie (JAP: 白い恋人)

“Shiroi” (白い) means “white”, “koibito” (恋人) means “lover”. This chocolate cookie is one of the most popular sweet in Hokkaido.

This Shiroi Koibito’s chocolate factory is opened by Ishiya Company, and it located in Hokkaido. Maybe I like the story about “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ,” it is really interesting to visit this chocolate factory. If you have a chance to go to Hokkaido, you definitely have to go there. But you don’t have to go to Hokkaido to buy Shiroi Koibito chocolate cookies, since you are able to buy it in most of the department stores and in the airport.

I really enjoy visiting this chocolate factory, because it decorated like a palace. Besides, there is a big restaurant in the factory, selling different kinds of home-made desserts and beverages. Also, you are able to see how the Shiroi Koibito chocolate cookies produce.

The chocolate factory:

Shiroi Koibito milk

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Published in: on April 7, 2008 at 6:39 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Japan — Red King Crab

Red King Crab

Most of the crabs in Japan are from Hokkaido, red king crab is one of them. Red king Crab is belonging to Goneplacidae, the obvious characteristic is having really long legs. Thus, red king crab also known as “long leg crab”.

There are various methods to eat the crab, such as sashimi, shabu-shabu, grilled/roasted, etc. However, I really not enjoy having crab sashimi, since the texture is really weird. The most common eating method is to just boil the crab with hot water and then serve with sea salt. It is the best way that are able to taste the original flesh and taste of the red king crab.

There are many restaurants that provide red king crab throughout Japan. But, of course, eating crabs in Hokkaido is really popular in Japan. People are able to have red king crab in Taiwan and Hong Kong, but will be super expensive.

Crab Sashimi

Crab Shabu-Shabu

Grilled/roasted Crab

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Published in: on April 4, 2008 at 7:38 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Japan — Hokkaido milk

Dairy products are the famous local products in Hokkaido. It is because Japan produces their dairy cattle. The cows grew in Nature of Hokkaido at ease. The nice and cool climate and fresh air, and with the rich grass zone of Hokkaido that makes the cow grew healthily and naturally. Thus Japanese usually have their local milk products. Their milks contain a strong taste of milk, and are very smooth. Therefore, in Hokkaido, there are a lot of foods and beverage that made by Hokkaido milk, such as chocolate, tofu, desserts, bread, etc.

Hokkaido milk

There are various kinds of Hokkaido milk in Japan. You are able to buy those milks in any department stores, convenience stores, etc; no matter you are in Tokyo or Hokkaido. Like the dairy products in Canada, they divided into skim milk, semi-skim milk, 2%, etc.

Hokkaido Milk Beer


Milk + Beer = Bilk


Abashiri beer brewery combined beer and milk. The beer contains 30% of milk, thus the beer is a little bit sweet, somehow taste like juice with alcohol. If you like the real taste of beer, you will not like this milk beer. Maybe it is more suitable for women since it do not taste too strong. 

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Published in: on March 25, 2008 at 9:45 am  Leave a Comment  
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