Hokkaido Dosanko Plaza and Hokkaido Food Plaza are in the food hall by Meidi-Ya, the Japanese supermarket that has recently opened an outlet in Basement 2 of Great Word City. Supported by the Hokkaido International Trade and Industry Association, Hokkaido Dosanko Plaza stocks up a wide array of Hokkaido products including Hokkaido sweets, milk and ice cream. The new Hokkaido Food Plaza offers Hokkaido ramen, gyoza, bento sets and desserts.
Meidi-Ya in Great World City
Meidi-Ya, the Japanese supermarket that has been in Liang Court for many years, is popular for its groceries imported from Japan. It has opened the second Singapore outlet in Great World City.
Meidi-Ya Great World City (GWC) is smaller than the supermarket in Liang Court. However, the range of imported Japanese goods available seems to be similar. Besides dry groceries, seasonings, snacks, confectioneries and all sorts of packaged food & beverages, Meidi-Ya GWC also has the usual frozen and fresh food sections. Ready to eat sushi and bento sets are also available.
There is, of course, a wide selection of sake. Fresh fruits, including the expensive Japanese melons, can also be found.
Hokkaido Dosanko Plaza
Hokkaido Dosanko Plaza carries various types of food directly imported from Hokkaido. Soft cream or “sofuto kuriimu”, confectioneries and snacks will tempt those with a sweet tooth. There are also frozen food, ramen, vegetables, specialty ingredients and dairy products.
Food Plaza by Meidi-Ya Great World City
A large portion of the food hall is dedicated to the Food Plaza, which is a 40-seat food court with 4 main stalls. Food Plaza by Meidi-Ya is brightly lit. There are a few small tables in the central aisle and the rest of the seats are at the countertops that lined two of the perimeter walls.
Machimura Farm, which has operated their dairy ranch near Sapporo since 1917, is well known for its dairy products and ice cream. In the Food Plaza by Meidi-Ya in GWC, Machimura offers different types of dairy treats including Cream Cheese Pie stuffed with Hokkaido cream cheese.
We bought a Machimura Kamayaki Potato (special promotion price of $5) to try.
Made of sweet potato, kidney beans, millet, potato, egg, butter and various other ingredients, the Kamayaki Potato was dense and heavy but had luscious fresh cream in the centre. It was delicious. It could be a meal by itself.
Sapporo Nishiyama Ramen
Sapporo Nishiyama Ramen Stall is a restaurant of the Hokkaido-based ramen manufacturer Nishiyama Seimen, which created the wavy ramen in 1955.
The stall sells a variety of soba and ramen using noodles from their own factory in Japan.
Sapporo Nishiyama Gyoza
Nishiyama Seimen Gyoza in Food Plaza by Meidi-Ya offers gyozas made in Nishiyama Seimen factory in Sapporo. The dumplings have Hokkaido-grown wheat wrap and pork filling.
Bentoss Hokkaido Restaurant
Bentoss Hokkaido Restaurant offers bentos and other typical Hokkaido dishes. As you can see from the photos of the menu boards below, their range of food is quite extensive – from cold soba and soup curry to tempura and grilled fish.
We tried the Sapporo Zangi Ju with Hot Soba Set ($11.80). Order and payment were made at the stall counter. A buzzer would prompt us to collect the food. The wait for the food was about 10 minutes.
The set came with hot tea and pickles. The hot soba was good. The noodles had nice texture and the light broth was flavourful.
The Zangi Ju was four big pieces of Sapporo deep fried chicken and half an egg sitting on top of a bed of short grain rice. The seasoned chicken with batter fried till golden brown was delectable. The outside layer was quite thick but was crisp with some chewy ridges. The meat inside was tender and juicy. A tangy dipping sauce was provided but even without the sauce, the chicken was already bursting with flavours.
Food Plaza by Meidi-Ya almost like in Hokkaido
There are many other dishes to try at Bentoss Hokkaido Restaurant. If the fried chicken was representative of their food, we would certainly be going back to the Food Plaza by Meidi-Ya at GWC. We also want to try the ramen and gyoza of Sapporo Nishiyama.
The good Hokkaido food and wide range of Hokkaido delicacies available at the Food Plaza and Hokkaido Dosanko Plaza have certainly whet our appetite and we can’t wait to visit Hokkaido in Japan again. Until then, the next best thing could be to visit the new food hall by Meidi-Ya in Great World City.
Meidi-Ya Japanese Supermarket Great World City
1 Kim Seng Promenade
B2-111 to #B2-121
Opening Hours: 10 am – 10 pm
Hokkaido Dosanko Plaza
Opening Hours: 10 am – 9 pm
Food Plaza by Meidi-Ya
Opening Hours: 11 am – 9.30 pm
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