Jingisukan: Hokkaido’s grilled mutton dish

06 Jun 2018 in Food Culture

Ever tasted Japanese lamb? Discover a Hokkaido speciality named after a famous Mongol leader!

You probably don’t associate Japan with mutton or lamb. But fields of sheep are not an uncommon sight on the northern island of Hokkaido, which has a tradition of sheep farming dating back to the Meiji period (1868-1912).


At Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Tomamu, you’ll find sheep grazing around the resort, and you can even relax in a hammock in a field of sheep!


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It’s not surprising then that one of Hokkaido’s most famed culinary specialities is a dish with freshly grilled lamb or mutton.


More surprising is its name: “Jingisukan”, a Japanization of Genghis Khan, the 13th-century leader of the Mongol Empire!


Apparently, Genghis Khan’s soldiers were big consumers of mutton – hence the name.

The dish itself involves layering thinly-cut slices of lamb or mutton on top of a dome-shaped skillet, with vegetables placed on the rim below.


Cooked over a barbecue or other heat source, the lamb drips fat into the vegetables, making them deliciously sweet and succulent. You usually get to cook the dish yourself at your restaurant table, then dip the meat in a spicy sauce.

And don’t forget to order a local Sapporo beer to wash it all down with!


The best place to try jingisukan?

You’ll find plenty of specialty restaurants in most Hokkaido cities, including Sapporo and Asahikawa, home to Hoshino Resorts OMO7 Asahikawa.

And Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Tomamu even has a its own jingisukan restaurant onsite.





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