Hakodate university students develop vegan delivery dishes
Students in Southern Hokkaido’s Hakodate City based Hakodate University are developing delivery food dishes for vegans (people who do not consume any animal source food). In addition to revitalizing the food and beverage business, which has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, the goal is to help diversify the food available in Hakodate. Restaurants in Hakodate that are partnering with this project plan to offer dishes the students developed within the year.
This project is part of the Hakodate University “Commerce Science Field Work” course, which aims to resolve regional issues.
Hakodate University Associate Professor and Muslim culture specialist Fujiwara Rin has taken the reins in an effort to promote the creation of an environment that can support food diversification, with examples including starting a course that teaches about Muslim and vegetarian foods to people who work in food and beverage businesses in Southern Hokkaido. The current project focuses on food delivery, which is experiencing an increase in demand from people voluntarily staying home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a Hakodate University class held in early July, seven employees were invited from Hakodate Foods Planning, a participating company that manages izakaya bars in Hakodate. Students presented their ideas to the employees, including sushi and gyoza made from vegetables. They suggested, “For sushi, things like bell peppers, eggplant, and avocados can be used in place of fish,” and, “”For gyoza, you can try tofu meat substitute instead of ground meat.”
A participating student commented, “We received advice about things like food preparation and delivery expenses, and it was very informative.” The students plan to hold a food tasting session in Hakodate for three to four items they designed, in autumn at the earliest. Afterwards, they will decide on dishes for commercial sales considering factors such as flavor, volume, and cost, and present the dishes to Hakodate Foods Planning for consideration.
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