The warming weather of spring ushers a number of changes we eagerly anticipate and welcome: the grounds are matted with greenery, trees starts to unfold their leaves, while flowers bloom and paint vivid colors almost everywhere. Along with these, Hokkaido University (or Hokudai) is abuzz with activities as new students enter the university and current students are once again warming up, brushing off the remnants of the long, cold winter months of Hokkaido. *winks*
Spring also means a season of festivity for Hokudai students, with its annual festival tagged as ‘HOKUDAISAI (北大祭)’. Birthed in 1959, Hokudaisai (Hokkaido University Festival) is a university-wide festival held in June. Hokudaisai is participated by Hokudai students and is frequented by thousands of visitors, kids and adults alike. This year, on June 4-7 (Thursday to Sunday), the 57th Hokudaisai will be held and promises to be more festive and exciting!
Among the highlights of the festival—and perhaps the most anticipated and mouth-watering event (pun intended)—is the International Food Festival (IFF) which is participated primarily by the international students of Hokudai. Started in the 1990s, IFF is presently organized by the Hokkaido University International Student Association (HUISA) in collaboration with the Hokudasai Executive Committee. During the IFF, a wide variety of food delicacies are offered by tents from different countries that are sure to entice your palate.
Food is closely intertwined with our culture and traditions and Hokudaisai’s International Food Festival intends to open gateways for us to know more about the culture of people from other countries. We enjoin everyone to take this opportunity to have a ‘taste of the life outside our borders’.
This year, the IFF have a lot to offer: 27 tents from 24 different countries will be preparing famous traditional dishes and delicacies from their respective countries. Herein, we present the introduction of each tent in IFF, as written by each tent’s representative.
Organized by African students, MAMA Africa is the only African tent in the IFF and will offer you a truly unique cuisine and taste. Come and savor our grilled chicken and beef seasoned in traditional African spices; taste our Jollof rice, a spicy fried rice with truly African taste; and take a bite of the tasty Akara, a specially-made bean cake. Taste the original Ghana chocolate and refreshing tropical juices (mango and guava).
In addition to enjoying our delicious food, come try the Jembe, a traditional African drum, and pump up your feet and dance along with the African rhythms. This might be the closest you ever get to enjoying an African experience in Sapporo—don’t miss the fun!
Arabian Tent أنا أحب العربيــــه
The Arabic world (Middle East) is consisted by 22 countries and is separated from Japan by more than 7000 kilometers. We will give you the chance to try the most famous Arabian food like Syrian Shawerma, Sausage, Potato, and Arabian Sweets like Balah Elsham and other delicious snacks. We are also offering a wide array of refreshing juices along these our tasty food treats.
Moreover, if you are interested to write your name or your spouse’s name in Arabic language or would want to try our famous Arabic dancing songs, please feel free to visit us. you have to visit us. مرحباً
Indonesian cuisine is one of the most vibrant and colorful cuisines in the world, full of intense flavor. It is diverse, in part because Indonesia is composed of approximately more than 300 ethnic groups calling Indonesia their home. Indonesia has around 5,350 traditional recipes, with 30 of them considered the most important. Wanna try Indonesian foods? Wanna know how to cook? or wanna talk and share about our culture? Just come to our tent during Hokudaisai. We will pamper your tongue with our most delicious beverage and foods served with heart; jasmine tea, pastel, nasi goreng cup, martabak gulai, and pisang aroma. See you when we see you! Oishii regards. 🙂
We are happy to invite you to Polish tent – crispy croquettes with sauerkraut and mushrooms, Polish sausage with fried onions, Silesian potato dumplings, zurek (traditional sour rye soup), sweet-smelling apple pancakes and kisiel, unique fruit dessert are waiting for you! We also highly recommend you Inka, healthy organic coffee without caffeine, always perfect for everyone—even for children! Nutricious and delicious Polish food is available only now! We are waiting for you at our Polish tent, open only during Hokudaisai International Food Festival!
The Uyghurs /ˈwiːɡər/ are a Turkic ethnic group living in Eastern and Central Asia. Today, Uyghurs live primarily in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China. Uyghurs are Muslim, so they only prefer Halal food.
Uyghur kebabs are a snack which is popular nationwide in China. Kebabs can be found in the streets and bazaars. Chunks of mutton are strung on a skewer and roasted over charcoal. The kebabs are turned continually, and when they are almost done, salt, pepper and other seasonings are sprinkled on them. Kebabs are crispy on the outside and tender inside, slightly salty and spicy.
Uyghur Polo is a feature of festivals, funerals and weddings for Uyghur. The materials are fresh Chicken (Mutton), carrots, onions, vegetable oil and rice. There are more than 10 kinds of this rice dish (mainly mutton, chicken and vegetarian), but the most common is the one using mutton. This food is soft, delicious and nutritious. It was pretty welcomed by visitors in 2014 HUISA IFF.
Germany is mostly famous for two things: Beer and sausages! If you want to experience authentic German cuisine, please come visit the German Tent at the International Food Festival!
We will serve grilled sausage with German-style potato salad and Curry-sausage with French fries, a famous Berlin dish. For those of you who prefer sweets, there will be sugar-coated roasted almonds (traditionally sold at Oktoberfest)! And of course, there will be (non-alcoholic) beers! Please try our German-style Pilsner or the popular refreshing summer drink Radler!
The Cambodian students of Hokudai hopes to bring the authentic flavor of Cambodian food during the festival. Treat yourselves with the unique Khmer Noodle, a sweet, and a bit spicy and salty soup that can be eaten with rice, bread, and noodle any time of the day! Don’t miss out on the handy spring rolls, made from vegetables, meat and noodle, which goes well with a little sour, sweet, and salty sauce. In addition, try our Chicken Rice, a rice meal with fried chicken bathe in sweet and salty sauce with pickled vegetables pickle. Finish off your meal with a tasty sweet treat: a Coconut Jelly made from coconut milk, sugar, jelly itself and a slice of longan fruit for a refreshing smell and taste.
Note: All of our food menu are also eligible for halal eaters.
The Philippine Tent
Lying at the center of western part of the Pacific Ocean, The Pearl of the Orient Seas, the Philippines boasts a very high diversity not only in its natural resources but also in terms of its culture and traditions. At the heart of this diversity is the universal love of Filipinos for food and festivities—there’s always a fiesta and a lot of eating almost every day somewhere in the country!
Filipino food is perhaps one of the most unique in the region: it’s a fusion of both the Oriental and Western (Spanish and American) taste. Hence, it is no wonder that Filipino food never fails to captivate the heart (and palate) of the people who gets a taste of its heavenly goodness!
This year, we, the Filipino students of Hokudai, will once again bring you a taste of the Philippines through our food. We once again offer our best-selling Filipino-style chicken barbecue—a big chunk of marinated chicken cooked into juicy perfection! We are also introducing a new dish, a Filipino favorite and our un-official National Dish, adobo (chicken). Typically served with rice and juice on the side, our chicken adobo is a hearty treat that is sure to leave you wanting for more. In addition, cap your Filipino cuisine experience with a local delicacy called turon. This sweet-tasting dessert brings a taste of the tropics with its saba banana and jackfruit fillings. And last, but definitely not the least, we are also offering the most-loved buko pie of Laguna. Buko pie is a sweet and creamy pie with healthy fillings of coconuts. Come and enjoy eating with us! Because after all, even eating is more fun in the Philippines!
This is nice chance to taste and indulge yourselves in the traditional Mongolian food and drink here in Japan! Please come to Mongolian tent and enjoy with the unique taste of Buuz (Mongolian dumpling), Khuushuur (Fried big flat dumpling), Khorkhog (Mutton cooked with hot stone), Boortsog (Fried cookies), Suutei tsai (Milk tea) and Chatsargan (Seabucktorn juice). We are waiting for you at Mongolian tent, during Hokudaisai International Food Festival!
El Sabor de Guatemala
Guatemala is located in Central America, to the south of Mexico, and is distinguished by its steep volcanoes, vast rainforests and ancient Mayan sites. Besides its people, Guatemala’s best products are their coffee and food. Our team’s aim is to portray the best of Guatemala—all in one place. Our visitors will be able to experience the culture, the language, the music, the dance and the taste of this beautiful country, so far from Japan, while enjoying the company of our mascot “Quetzal-chan”.
This is what inspired the name of our tent: “El Sabor de Guatemala”, or translated in English “The taste of Guatemala”—it has a little bit of everything and something for all.
We offer the following delicacies: fajita wraps (“tortillas” filled with sausage or chicken), cheese pie, banana bread and, of course, coffee in two versions: hot and ice latte.
Shawarma (Kebab) is a famous food in the Middle East from decades. We will serve the Shawarma with its Egyptian original taste. The taste cannot be compared with others. We will also serve lentil soup with its Egyptian style and flavour. The Hibiscus juice, famous with its mixture of sour and sweet taste, is a common juice in the Egyptian dining table. We will serve fried potatoes with new original taste.
We prepare traditional Pakistan cuisines blended with natural spices. Albeit a bit spicy, we will prepare Pakistan cuisines catered to and perfect for the Japanese taste. The food is inexpensive but very tasty here. You will see many smiling faces and fun going around.
We present two traditional dishes: Chicken Tikka Masala, a very big size (king size) chicken marinated in the traditional spices and grilled on charcoal (this dish is so aromatic it’s irresistible to eat!); and Chicken Kebab, a traditional Pakistani kebab is prepared with chicken, spices mixed with the vegetables and sauces. Our chicken kebab is one of the famous foods during the Hokudaisai. It is prepared on the cooking plate with traditional music by sticks–definitely a must-watch! It is only sold exclusively during the IFF so don’t miss out the chance to grab a bite on this treat! In addition, we also offer two refreshments: a very healthy fruit drink called Mango Lassi, one of the famous energy drinks in Pakistan and is very popular during summers and Chai (Pakistani milk tea), which is also very famous in Sapporo. Many friends gather and have fun with a cup of chai. However, our shop will offer a chai with a different and pleasing aroma. Your presence! Our pleasure!
Taiwan’s total land area is about 36,000 square kilometers (14,400 square miles). It is shaped like a leaf that is narrow at both ends. It lies off the southeastern coast of mainland Asia, across the Taiwan Strait from China – an island on the western edge of the Pacific Ocean. To the north is Japan; to the south is the Philippines. Many airlines fly to Taiwan, making it the perfect travel destination.
Taiwan lies on the western edge of the Pacific “rim of fire,” and continuous tectonic movements have created majestic peaks, rolling hills and plains, basins, coastlines, and other natural landscapes. Taiwan’s tropical, sub-tropical, and temperate climates provide clear differentiation between the different seasons. There are rare or endangered species of wildlife on the island.
Taiwan is also well known as a “gourmet kingdom”, the enormous variety of typical Taiwanese snacks is unique in the world and most snacks perfectly illustrate the important place that the food culture takes in the lives of the Taiwanese people. Famous and unique Taiwanese snacks include pearl milk tea, Chinese omelets, oyster omelets, tempura, Tainan Danzai noodles, Taiwanese spring rolls, rice tube pudding, and braised pork rice. This food is affordable and delicious, and by no means inferior, with each specialty giving you an insight in the people of the area from which it originates.
The Egyptian Students Association in Japan – Hokkaido chapter is the organizers of this project under the supervision of the Egyptian Cultural Office in Tokyo. The Egyptian tent aims to expand the social relationships with the Japanese people through offering Egyptian food. Students who participate in this event are interested in helping people who are in need. Like every year, most of the profit will be sent as donations to countries like Egypt, Japan and others.
The good cause behind this tent makes it easy for its participants to give all the effort they have to produce the best service they can, to achieve the main goal which is “Helping others”.
The fact that our tent is made every year as a charity project and no profit returns to its participants, it gives us a great honor to participate and to take the responsibility of showing a cultural side of our country.
As a land connection between three continents, Egypt is a land of diverse civilizations, cultures and races interacting together to give a unique, interesting mixture. You can feel that while tasting our delicious food. As a vast agricultural land, vegetarian food plays a central role in our everyday life. You can taste Beans sandwich, Falafel sandwich and Koshari dish which are very nutritious and are 100 % vegetarian ingredients. Also we have another fish and meat menu to satisfy all people. We have a very tasty Ringa Sandwich, smoked fish with sesame and vegetables and grilled chicken with our special spices (not hot). Deserts are good examples of our multi-civilization origin, Roz belaban and Balah El-Sham. Please come and Enjoy.
Chinese Fried Dumpling
The Chinese dumpling generally consists of minced meat and finely chopped vegetables wrapped into a piece of dough skin. The skin can be either thin and elastic or thicker. Popular meat fillings include ground meat (usually pork, but can instead be beef or chicken), shrimp. Popular mixtures include pork with Chinese cabbage, garlic chives with scrambled eggs. Filling mixtures vary depending on personal tastes and region. Dumplings are usually boiled or fried and continues to be a traditional dish eaten on Chinese New Year’s Eve, the evening before Chinese New Year, and special family reunions. Extended family members may gather together to make dumplings, and it is also eaten for farewell to family members or friends.
Sour prune drink is a traditional Chinese beverage made from sour plums (specifically, smoked Chinese plums), rock sugar, and other ingredients such as sweet osmanthus. It is often drunk chilled during the summertime, as relief from the heat, and is one of the most common summer drinks in China. In addition to being widely considered an effective drink for cooling off in the heat, it is also popularly believed to have minor health benefits, such as improving digestion and possibly inhibiting the buildup of lactic acid in the body.
Tofu pudding is a favorite Chinese dessert made with very soft tofu. In Taiwan, this is locally served with clear sweet syrup and knowing Taiwanese have a soft spot for sweet dessert, innovative idea came about on the creation of Bean curd Pudding. In ours tent, you may find soya drink as well. Conscious of a healthy lifestyle, we have taken great care in minimizing the amount of sugar in this treat but we ensure everyone a perfect level of sweetness! And to make Sweetheart even more distinctive from the others, the recipe is self-made and uses only pure soya powder. Trust me, in our tent, you may find one of the best (if not the best) soya dessert in town!
Bangladeshi Oishii Food
Bangladesh is a riverine country. Staple food of Bangladesh is Rice, and Chapatti and Curry are commonly eaten as well. Curry consists of multiple ingredients such as fish, chicken, beef, mutton and vegetables. Bangladeshi cuisine is the diverse national cuisine of Bangladesh and a part of South Asian cuisine. It is dominated by the traditional cuisine of the historical and cultural region of Bengal, which has been shaped by the area’s riverine geography and cosmopolitan history.
We Bangladeshi Students in Hokkaido University will serve you the most famous Bangladeshi traditional food like Chicken Curry, Egg Curry, Khichuri, Tandoori Chicken, Tandoori Chicken Ruti, Chicken Chapatti, Rice, Mango juice in the Hokkaido University International Food Festival 2015. Come to our tent and enjoy our traditional delicious food served with our core of heart.
Be eager to discover a new world where the wonders of ancient culture, food, language coalesce with modern civilization. Meanwhile, your time is precious! Herein, we offer you in one tent—“Continental Flavor Tent”—the tastes of the most attractive countries: Egypt, Morocco and India.
Egypt is the most populous Muslim country in the Arab world. Egyptians take pride in their “pharaonic heritage” being the cradle of earliest human civilization. Grape-leaves/bell-pepper Mahshi (which means “stuffed”) is the most typical dish. Some grape-leaves or bell-peppers stuffed with spicy rice, herbs, minced onion, garlic and tomato-juice, cooked with lemon and chicken-soup, along with yogurt salad. The popular dish Shish Kebab, which is a bit spicy, will be served hot.
In Morocco, Couscous is popular. Moroccans usually eat couscous on Fridays after having prayed at Mosque. Couscous has so many types such as beef, chicken, vegetable, and lamb couscous. You can try chicken and vegetables couscous. Tajine is also popular and is one of the staple food of Moroccan families. We will serve tajine of sardine with lots of vegetables and spices.
India has an old and unique culture. The South, North, and Northeast have their own distinct cultures. There is hardly any culture in the world that is as unique as India. India is home to some of the most ancient civilizations, including four major world religions. Indians love eating snacks often with a drink. Aloo Bonda is a basically deep fried snack made with gram flour batter and stuffed with spiced mashed potatoes.
Continental Flavor tent team; gathered, to serve the best delicious, healthy cuisine and taste of these countries (Egypt, Morocco, India). We will give you an ancient culture photograph of our countryside to be memorized and other surprises! Don’t miss the chance and enjoy; looking forward to see you!
Indian Curry Shop
Namaste! India is a land of many languages, arts, crafts, performing styles, music finely blended with modern sciences and bold entrepreneurship skills. It is a thriving land which has assimilated ancient knowledge and uses it in day-to-day life. Indian culinary truly represents Indian cultural diversity with old Aryan preparations that have exceptionally well imbibed Mongolian, Persian, Greek, Chinese, Arabic, Portuguese and British influences. Thus originates our Indian motto “Unity in diversity”. India has one of the most varied cuisines combining vegetables, legumes and grains with herbs, spices and dairy products to form the largest range of dishes in the world. Spices are a vital part of food preparation and are used to enhance the flavour of a dish. Correct use and blending of the aromatic spices is crucial to the proper preparation of Indian cuisine.
We will be serving some of the finest and most popular north Indian cuisines: chicken curry and mame curry with rice which are finely perfected according to Japanese taste. Along with you can taste samosa and pakora, fried dumplings of potato and onion respectively in chickpea flour with traditional Indian spices. We shall also serve cool and soothing mango lassi – flavoured sweet milk drink to beat the summer. Do you feel like eating everything? No problem, we have cheap combo packs specially designed for you! So grab your chance to enjoy authentic Indian food at the Indian Curry Shop! See you at the festival! Cheers!