The weather has been weird lately going from cold to hot to rainy. Luckily, last Sunday’s was bright, shiny and not too hot. We decided to head to Yoyogi Park where the 25th Hokkaido Food Festival was being held. It’s a super big food fair with millions of people attending (I’m exaggerating of course!) and a multitude of food stalls to visit!
First stall we visited was the LeTao and it could’ve been the last, too, and still made the trip there well worth the trouble.
A line of just 6 people, we patiently waited for our turn. People were buying multiple boxes and that should’ve told us to do the same! The cheesecake was soooo good– the first layer was light and creamy and the second layer gave a little bite to it. Both layers sit on a very light and thin chiffon layer and dusted with chiffon floss that makes you think of eating sweet clouds. All four layers meld into a heavenly treat that makes you want more.
We almost finished the whole box save for what we call a “dyahe” piece– the last piece that you don’t take because you’re shy (or it’s shameful?!) to do so.
We saved the remaining square for the next day and swore to order this piece of heaven again.
The next stall we lined up for (it’s Japan afterall!) was for Hokkaido Mochi Shu Cream (I made up the name :D)
An interesting take on shu cream.
I also lined up for Snaffles but decided not to buy it. A soft and light cheesecake.
Finished with the sweets– desserts do come first, we headed towards the savory treats. First up was Genghis Khan, ジンギスカン, a popular dish of grilled lamb.
Tasty and perfectly grilled.
We walked around first and saw tons of people eating ramen. Another Hokkaido favorite, I was told. The line was longish as well so DrG patiently waited while I try to scout some seats for us. No photo this time because Little A wanted to join in on the food festival.
On the way out, we spied Ichigo Mochis. DrG has mentioned this quite a number of times and we haven’t had the opportunity to try it yet so lined up he did for 4 pieces of this mochi goodness. The line moved slowly because the guy was doing each one on order! Each flavor had a different filling and then topped with a fresh and succulent strawberry. We didn’t finish all four and froze them! You’ve got to try it frozen, too!
photo by DrG
photo by DrG
There were a lot more thing to eat there– melon ice cream, melon cuttings, chirashidon of all kinds, uni, gigantic kani on sticks, sausages, hotate, hokkaido milk, smoothies made of hokkaido milk!
It’s an amazing food festival. Next year, we will go so much earlier and just stay there the whole day!
Visit the website here: http://www.facebook.com/hokkai.syokudo
More information here: http://www.hokkai-syokudo.co.jp/yoyogi.php
Order the cheesecake here: http://www.letao.jp/