Hakodate’s morning market 函館朝市. On the breakfast menu: fresh hanasaki crab 花咲かに (summer only), hairy crab and long leg monster crab.
The guy who helped me opening the hanasaki crab has mad skills. He cut the spikey shell into easily edible bites within 2min. **Don’t try this at home without a heavy duty glove. Those spikes can really hurt.
This one was the hairy crab. I was clearly too busy eating and forgot to take a photo when it was still whole. After that wake up call, kick start the day by fishing my own squid (いか). Yes, I really shouldn’t toy with my food, but hey, that’s what they offered in the morning market. Quite a thrill actually. Watch out for the ink, they are not friendly/cuddly when they’re ‘running’ for their lives.
Completed the breakfast with squid ink flavoured ice cream by the Hokkaido farm store 北海道ファーム (this is also in the morning market).
Awesome Hakodate breakfast!
How to get here?
函館朝市 Hakodate’s morning market is 5min walk from the Hakodate JR train station.
http://www.hakodate-asaichi.com/ ==> Japanese only on the official site. The important part is that they are opened everyday between 6:00 to 12:00 JAN-APR and 5:00 to 12:00 for the rest of the months.
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