One of the first things we did in Fukuoka was to eat some delicious Hakata Ramen. We went on foot to find the yatai stalls near Canal City and Seryu Park. Hakata Ramen is a type of ramen, first derived from the Hakata region. It has a rich, milky, pork-bone tonkotsu broth and rather thin, non-curly and resilient noodles. Often, distinctive toppings such as crushed garlic, beni shoga (pickled ginger), sesame seeds, and spicy pickled mustard greens (karashi takana) are left on tables for customers to serve themselves. Ramen stalls in Hakata and Tenjin are well-known within Japan. Recent trends have made Hakata ramen one of the most popular types in Japan, and several chain restaurants specializing in Hakata ramen can be found all over the country. Source
This is not where we ate. Haha. We actually walked along the canal and looked for stalls that looked busy. Most of their customers are office workers, usually male but there were occasional group or solo women in the mix. We picked a stall that looked busy and fortunately one of the guys asked us in English and we were seated on the next stall on the side.
We ordered the ramen of course. It was priced at 650 yen or 280 pesos. It doesn’t look much but the serving was huge. It’s a really deep bowl.
Look at the thickness of the broth. This is probably hands down one of the best ramens I’ve had in my life. The tonkotsu broth is so flavorful. We all finished our bowls.
There were many condiments on the side and you can choose whatever you want to put on top. The Hakata ramen in itself is already good but some fried garlic doesn’t hurt. 🙂 They also had some pickled ginger and pepper.
We also ordered some kushiyaki and just shared it. An order was 800 yen so we divided it by 4 which was 200 yen each. It came much later after we’ve finished our bowl.
It seems like they grilled all of the orders at one time, maybe to save on gas? Anyway, I think we had some pork skewers, chicken skin skewers, meat balls and a sausage. We really liked the sausage. Haha.
I really wouldn’t mind going back to Fukuoka to have some more Hakata ramen.