Customers make a long queue to purchase our packed dumplings. We make profit by selling in large quantity.
Running of the restaurant is possible only with a machine.
The main sales of Yokohama Hanten, which serves ramen noodles and Chinese cuisine, is from the dumplings. 80% of the total sales are dumplings, and of that, about 80% are take-away dumplings. From 4AM to 5PM, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, they make about 5,000 to 6,000 dumplings. The volume is about half that on other week days, but it is not a quantity that can be managed by manual production. "Without the machine, it will be extremely tiring" says the owner. Because there is a machine, it is efficient. It would not be an overstatement to say that the running of Yokohama Hanten is possible only with a machine.
Committed to the taste, we are confident
It is now about 10 years since the implementation of Toa machine. Previously, they were using a machine by another manufacturer, but there were too many defective products and breakdowns of the machine. They have placed their trust on Toa machine that has few failures and breakdowns. When wrapped by hand, there is a concern that the amount of fillings varies depending on the person, and the size and shape too are not uniform. It takes time to master how to make it. The Toa machine is adjusted according to the fillings and wrappers used by the restaurant, and therefore, uniform dumplings can be made after adjustment.
Yokohama Hanten has absolute confidence in their taste. The deciding factor of the taste is the fillings. They say they cannot delve into the detail as it is trade secret, but that they use only the best of raw materials and seasonings.
Customers will increase if it is cheap and tasty.
The material cost of dumplings at Yokohama Hanten is not cheap. For example, a usual selling price of dumplings is 50 yen per piece, according to a feature article about dumplings in a magazine. The selling price at Yokohama Hanten is 21 yen per piece. You could say it is considerably cheaper. They are selling it rather cheap, with a very low margin.
Frozen dumpling never remain unsold at the end of the day. Usually the stock runs out by 7PM, way before the closing time. It shows how popular their dumplings are.
The take-away packs are fresh or frozen dumplings, and they do not make the customers wait. The parking lot is not large, but it is enough. The owner says this is another merit of selling packed dumplings.
981-4 Ichino-cho, Higashiku, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Pref, Japan 435-0051
from 11:30 to 14:00, 17:00 to 21:00
Mondays, 1st and 3rd Tuesdays