Hokkaido-trained chef offers authentic soup curry in Sado

Hokkaido-trained chef offers authentic soup curry in Sado
A bowl of soup curry served in Norainu cafe.

SADO, Niigata - Even outside Hokkaido, you can encounter the authentic flavor of soup curry - one of the northern prefecture's popular dishes. Here in Sado, Niigata Prefecture, the taste might be better than the real thing.

Opened in 2009, Norainu cafe is located inside an old house where the head of the Sado Kinzan gold mine lived until 1990, which creates a nostalgic atmosphere.

When cooking, Masamichi Shindo - a 44-year-old chef born in Sado and trained in Hokkaido and Osaka - listens to and adopts the advice of his wife, Yumiko, 42, originally from Hakodate, Hokkaido. This explains the secret behind the cafe's authentic soup curry.

They use kombu from Hakodate for dashi soup stock, chicken thigh on the bone from Niigata, and eggs, potatoes and onions from Sado, leaving a subtle sweetness in the spicy flavor. They also add seasonal vegetables such as courgettes, tomatoes and green peppers in the dish.

No ginger or garlic is used in the soup, so customers can enjoy drinking every last drop from the bowl. Only a limited number of portions can be served each day, so reservations are recommended for those who wish to taste Norainu cafe's soup curry. Apart from soup curry (¥980, S$11), stewed hamburger (¥980) and other dishes are available.

*Restaurant information

Norainu cafe

Open: 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Closed every Wednesday and Thursday

11 Aikawakamikyomachi, Sado, Niigata Prefecture

Tel: (0259) 74-3003

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