Curious motorway service station foods


With Golden Week upon us, and with it also being the last holiday for toll road discounts, there will be a lot of people out and about in their cars, and many will be stopping at a service station to eat, where they might have their last chance for a while to try out curious local foods at motorway service stations. I’m on holiday, so you’ll have to make do with silliness for the time being!


Between the 23rd and 26th of March 2011 1,070 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-base questionnaire. 53.4% of the sample were female, 10.2% in their teens, 13.1% in their twenties, 24.7% in their thirties, 23.7% in their forties, 13.3% in their fifties, and 15.0% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

All the foods link to images or videos of the food.

Can’t say there’s anything there I’ll be rushing out to eat, and number 18 looks a bit suspicious…

Ranking result

Q: What curious service station local delicacies are you curious about? (Sample size=1,070)

1Octopus cabbage burgerAkashi Service Area100
2Cream stew-filled steamed bunHirugano Kogen Service Area81.9
3Cactus ice creamMoriyama Parking Area79.6
4Maiko han burgerKatsuragawa Parking Area76.5
5Unshu mikan (mandarin/satsuma) breadNihonzaka Parking Area74.2
6Crocodile set lunchHongo Parking Area68.8
7Gabai!! Double Turkish rice burgerKawanobori Service Area65.6
8Conger eel burgerMiyajima Service Area63.3
9Karinto manju (fried dough cake/steamed bean paste bun hybrid)Dangozaka Service Area62.9
10Sasakama (bamboo leaf-shaped fish cake) fondueOhiso Parking Area54.3
11Sakura ebi (small pink prawn) ice creamYui Parking Area52.5
12Nuki (warm) sushiKibi Service Area50.7
13Saigo DonSakurajima Service Area50.2
14=Fried breaded pork with grapefruit setKita Kumamoto Service Area47.1
14=Tosa ishin (Tosa restoration) burgerNangoku Service Area47.1
16Peanut ramenIchihara Service Area43.9
17Dangozaka-exclusive Houtouman (steamed bun filled with “houtou”, a local delicacy)Dangozaka Service Area41.6
18Aka oni (Red devil) chili-flavoured soft ice creamKibi Service Area39.8
19Oyster balls and tiny sardine burger setAsa Service Area38.5
20Weiner sausage rice bowlTanigawadake Service Area37.6
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1 Comment »

  1. RMilner said,
    May 5, 2011 @ 03:50

    Some of those sound excellent.

    Others sound, er, not so excellent.

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