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Rakuichi | Niseko | Dec ’14

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  • Address: 431 Niseko, Abuta District, Hokkaido Prefecture 048-1511, Japan
  • Rating: 5/5

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A great bowl of cold duck soba.

2014-12-20 10.23.21First, you put the mountain yam in the duck soup.

And then, you slowly dip your soba noodles mouthful by mouthful into the broth, all the while sipping buckwheat tea.

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At the end, when there are no more noodles to dunk, put the soba water into the duck soup from the soba-yu, and drink it up.

(The buckwheat is from the nearby town of Lankoshi, everything is local here.)

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The sweet scallions, caramelized, and then tempura-ed, were irresistible. This convinced me to order a plate of tempura vegetables. It did not disappoint – I thought the tempura technique at least as good as Michelin-starred tempura restaurant Asagi in Tokyo…

Great hospitality:

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Tatsuru Rai (he opened noma’s conference MAD)

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Midori Rai (our gracious hostess)