Hokkai Kitchen in Ijmuiden

Since last year, I’ve heard a lot about this place from my friend Stasja. Today we hopped into two buses (there is a direct bus from Sloterdijk station) and arrived in an industrial area in Ijmuiden. Luckily for us, the bus stop is just a 4 minute walk from the restaurant.

There we met the owner Marinus Noordenbos, who worked in the seafood business in Japan. He started his business here in 1993 and since then, he’s been providing Japanese fish products for the Japanese expat communities all over Europe. In his effort to change the way Dutch people eat fish, he opened a small restaurant (and take-out) right next to his factory. We got a little tour of the factory and saw some of his products. He explained us how he freezes the tuna at minus 50 degrees to not only preserve the quality, but also the color of the fish due to its high fat content. It’s always nice to meet people who are so passionate about their craft.

You can either buy the frozen fish at his shop or order it online, he delivers door to door once a month. For the delivery, there is a minimum purchase of about €125 euros. He told us that usually family or friends just make one order together to reach that minimum.

Pictured below is a piece of Otoro, the oily belly part of the tuna. Just look at the marbling!

We started with the sashimi cocktail with a frozen egg yolk which was amazing. Our second course was composed of Capelin which was dried and baked, salted Mackerel and black cod in miso sauce. Pieter’s favorite was the capelin which had a very intense flavor and you can eat the whole fish. Mine was the cod which was so buttery. We finished with an assortment of maki and nigiri. From scallop to squid, to 3 different cuts of tuna (Maguro, Chu-toro, O-toro). The quality of his fish is superb and you can taste it.

If you decide to go, I’d advise you to make a reservation and go early. As this place is gaining popularity, it does get busy.

Next Sunday February the 11th from 1 to 5pm, they are organizing an open day at their factory. Guests from Japan and France will be demonstrating traditional Japanese food and slicing tuna for sashimi. They will have some tastings (including sake tasting) and you can also purchase their products there. Entrance is free.

Hokkai Kitchen

Egmondstraat 2, Ijmuiden

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