Katte-don is a Kushiro original kaizen-don (raw seafood served atop a bed of rice) where you select your favorite toppings on the spot. It was first served at the Washo Market. Known as Kushiro’s kitchen, Kushiro’s Washo Market is considered to be one of Hokkaido’s top three markets. Here you will find a huge assortment of freshly caught seafood from Kushiro Port. Traditionally, you make a Katte-don by carrying around a bowl of rice to each store in one hand and select your favorite ingredients with the other. Ingredients vary depending on the store. Katte-don began as a dish geared toward motorcycle riders touring the area who didn’t have much money, so they were sold only rice at a prepared foods shop and then sold marine products individually. This practice gradually became known through word of mouth and now today anyone can enjoy Katte-don, which helps visitors to enjoy the many marine products that Kushiro has to offer.
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