Genghis Khan, local Hokkaido dish with an unconventional name

  • FOOD
  • As you might know each Japanese area has a different food. Japan is a small country, but there are so many local cultures and each of them presents an original dish. Hokkaido, the northern island, is especially famous for delicious foods. Hokkaido is bigger than the other reigeons, so aguriculture is popular there. You can eat fresh vegetables at cheaper price. Or you can drink fresh and cheap milk there. In addition, Hokkaido is famous for delicious seafood as it is one big island, and fishing industry is one of the most important industries of that prefecture.

    Genghis Khan

    As I mentioned, Hokkaido has a lot of specialities. Do you know “Genghis Khan”
    This is one of the famous delicious local dishes. Let me show you what “Genghis Khan” is!

    Jingisukan (ジンギスカン) is a Japanese grilled mutton dish prepared on a convex metal skillet or other grill. Eating mutton is not so popular in other areas of Japan. Meat is grilled with vegetables. Genghis Khan is one of the famous Hokkaido dishes!
    This is a typical skillet for Genghis Khan. Lamb meat is placed at the top of the pan, and vegetables are placed around it.

    Why is this dish is called “Genghis Khan”?
    The dish is rumored to be named so because in prewar Japan, lamb was widely thought to be the meat of choice among Mongolian soldiers, and the dome-shaped skillet is meant to represent the soldiers’ helmets that they purportedly used to cook their food in.

    You might also ask why Genghis Khan became local dish in Hokkaido, and not elsewhere. There is a historical reason for that. In 1918, according to the plan by the Japanese government to increase the flock to one million sheep, five sheep farms were established in Japan. However, all of them were demolished except for one in Hokkaido (Takikawa and Tsukisamu). Because of this, Hokkaido’s residents first began eating the lambs that they sheared for their wool.

    Do you want to try Genghis Khan? If so, visit Hokkaido to have the best one!