Hokkidon (Surf Clam Bowl): Delicacy of Aomori

9 Feb
Hokkidon (surf clam bowl)

Hokkidon (surf clam bowl)


Hokkidon (ホッキ丼)/ Surf Clam Bowl


1050 yen


Kikuzushi (喜久寿司)

Address: 2-4-31 Chuocho, Misawa, Aomori Prefecture 033-0001 , Japan

Phone number: 0176-53-3476

Have you ever heard of Hokkidon?  It’s a delicacy available only from December through March in certain areas of Aomori, namely in Hachinohe and Misawa.  This simple and delicious dish is served with fresh local hokki (surf clam) over rice.

Last month I went to a restaurant called Kikuzushi (喜久寿司), known for fresh and high quality sushi dishes in Misawa city.  I didn’t see hokkidon on the menu, but when I asked the waitress about it, she said they’d certainly serve it until about March.

The dish came with raw and cooked hokki along with miso soup, chawanmushi (茶碗蒸し/egg custard dish), kinpira gobou (きんぴらごぼう/braised burdock root), and tsukemono (漬物/picked vegetables).  Hokki was very fresh, and tororo imo (a type of yam made in Aomori) on top of rice added flavor and texture.  Chawanmushi was also a treat, since it’s something I don’t usually make at home.

If you want to try hokkidon in the spirit of adventure, Misawa is the place to go.  Click here to see the restaurants serving hokkidon in Misawa.  And be sure to ask for it at restaurants, because some places don’t list it on the menu!


2 Responses to “Hokkidon (Surf Clam Bowl): Delicacy of Aomori”

  1. lmjapan February 17, 2014 at 5:04 pm #

    The hokkidon looks so good! But I’m sad that they only serve it from Dec-March, I try and avoid going to Japan when it’s too cold. I love chawanmushi too, my mother used to make it when I was growing up. My favorite part was the big shrimp she would put in it.

    • Yumi February 18, 2014 at 9:51 am #

      I don’t blame you for wanting to avoid visiting Japan in winter. We have had a lot of snow this year, and it’s been very cold. Chawanmushi is delicious. That’s nice that your mother has introduced you to many traditional Japanese foods. 🙂

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