6 dishes to eat in Fukuoka city besides Hakata ramen

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1. Hakata Ramen Hakata station

The traditional yobimodoshi soup method is infused with the goodness of pork!

If you want to devour some cheap, fast and delicious tonkotsu (pork bone broth) ramen, Hakata is definitely the place for you. Of course, there are many personal preferences for tonkotsu ramen, the toppings and the thickness of the soup…. So why not try several different types and find your ultimate bowl?

WHAT IS HAKATA RAMEN?
White tonkotsu soup, thin noodles. Like your noodles soft? Hard? Al dente? It’s all up to you! What makes the difference, though, is the tonkotsu soup – the same soup can taste very different in different restaurants. There is the rich, strong type, and the clear, light type. One of the best things about ramen is that you can get a kaedama (extra serving) of noodles, so remember to keep some soup!

Hakata Ramen

The smell of the tonkotsu soup will definitely make your stomach growl. They use thin, straight noodles of their own brand ‘Keishi’.
At this restaurant traditional Hakata ramen is combined with the traditional soup from Kurume City called yobidashi soup. The 100% tonkotsu (pork bone broth) is made using two hagama (broad-brimmed cooking pots), giving a strong, rich taste to the soup. Their kuro ramen (black ramen) containing maa-yu (charred garlic oil) is also popular with customers.

Hakata Ikkoshya Hakata Honten 博多一幸舎 博多本店 ¥700

Lunch is served on weekdays (11am–3pm) priced from only ¥900.
Location 1F Kowa Biru, 3-23- 12, Hakata Ekimae, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi
How-to-go 5 min walk from JR Hakata Station
opening-hours 11 am – 11:30 pm LO, 8:30pm LO on Sun
Closed No rest days


2. Motsunabe Around Nakasu Kawabata

It’s the carefully selected offal that makes it taste so great. The hotspot for distinctive rich miso soup!

WHAT IS MOTSUNABE?
This dish consists of beef offal, cabbage, Chinese chives, etc. in either soya sauce soup or miso soup. The precise offal parts used vary from restaurant to restaurant. To finish the dish, try either champon noodles or porridge. Enjoy it to the very last drop of the juicy soup.

Motsunabe

Motsunabemiso ¥1190/person
This motsunabe in miso soup contains plenty of ingredients such as burdock and tofu. You can select from udon or porridge to complete the dish. Order for 2 or more people.
The key ingredient is the offal which is from Kagoshima black-haired Wagyu up to 2 years old. You can choose from miso, soy sauce or mizutaki soup. The most popular one is the miso-based soup, which consists of a blend of 10 kinds of miso topped with sesame oil and white wine giving it a rich flavour.

Motsunabe oyama

Seating is in the sunken kotatsu style. Suitable for group dining
Location 7-28, Tanaya machi, Hakataku, Fukuoka-shi
How-to-go 2 min walk from Gofukucho Subway Stati on, Hakozaki Line
opening-hours 5 pm – midnight (until 1 am on Fri, Sat and eve of public holidays)
Closed Irregular holidays

Motsunabe Oyama


3. Mizutaki Kawabata

Famous among Japanese celebrities. Nothing is missed out; nothing needs to be added. Reasonably priced local cuisine and mizutaki for around ¥1000

WHAT IS MIZUTAKI?
This dish comprises fresh chicken meat, Chinese cabbage, carrots and more in a mild soup made from chicken bones. First, enjoy the sophisticated chicken soup, then the ingredients themselves dipped in ponzu sauce. One usually finishes the meal with porridge.

Motsunabe

Mizutaki ¥1300/person
The photo shows a 3-person portion. If you want to enjoy mizutaki and motsunabe together, the price is ¥2600 per person.
Here, you can enjoy local dishes from many places in Kyushu, signature dishes and local ingredients as well as local sake and shochu (distilled beverage). The mizutaki here has Kyushu chicken meat and chicken meatballs cooked in a slow-cooked broth made of whole chicken and vegetables. Try mizutaki and motsunabe together; itʼs very popular, too.

Kyushu Kyodoryori local cuisine Warabi

Chairs with tables are on the 1st floor. Floor seating is on the 2nd floor.
Location 2-7-3, In front of Hakata Station, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi
How-to-go 7 min walk from Gion Subway Station, Kuko Line
opening-hours 11.30 am – 2 pm (Mon–Fri only), 5 pm –midnight (until 10pm on Sat, Sun and public holidays)
Closed Irregular holidays

Warabi


4. Hakata guru maki Tenjin

Food stalls that appear on the streets at night are a frequent sight in Hakata. You will find tonkotsu (pork bone broth) ramen and bite-sized gyoza (pan-fried dumplings) as well as internati onal dishes and cocktails. Enjoy the open-air atmosphere to the fullest!

The creative dishes served here are the talk of the town and cannot be found elsewhere!

Serves creative dishes such as gyoza dumplings with umegaemochi skin (famous mochi from Dazaifu) and mentaiko wrapped with yam pancake. Enjoy more than 80 dishes including several which are not on the menu and specials of the day. Another reason for the stallʼs popularity is that the proprietor is very friendly.

 Hakata guru maki

Addictive mix of spicy mentaiko (seasoned cod roe), crunchy cabbage and spring onions. JPY 550

Hakatakko Junjou Yatai Kiryu

Location In front of Fukuoka Tenjin-Daimaru, Tenjin 1, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi
How-to-go Short walk from Tenjin Station, Kuko Line
opening-hours 6.30 pm – 3.30 am
Closed Please check when weather is bad

Hakatakko Junjou Yatai Hiryu
The shop is lively with cheerful and friendly regular customers every day.

Hakata Fried Ramen JPY 700
Noodles fully absorb the mild soup.


5. Tacos Tenjin

From ramen to tacos! Exciting multi-national plates!

The food line-up here is so varied that you may forget it’s a stall. As well as the usual tempura and ramen, they serve tacos using a recipe taught by a former staff member from Mexico. Cocktails, created by the previous proprietor who was a bartender, are all reasonably priced at ¥500.

 Tacos

The soft tacos are made individually one by one aft er each order is received. ¥600

Ahotaleeno

Location In front of Fukuoka Tenjin-Daimaru, Tenjin 1, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi
How-to-go Short walk from Tenjin Station, Kuko Line
opening-hours 6.30 pm – 3.30 am
Closed None

Ahotaleeno
The signboard is in red, green and white, to remind you of Italy.

Garlic Fried Rice ¥700
The mayonnaise is so rich you will want to eat more. Fluffy eggs match the dish.


6. Hakata bite-size Gyoza dumplings Around Nakasu Kawabata

In Fukuoka, gyoza are mainly bite-sized, about 4–6cm long. Itʼs easy to finish 2 portions. There are lots of specialist gyoza restaurants. Try them and compare the difference.
The key is the sizzling pan which has been used since the restaurant was opened. Due to the pan, the dumplings are crispy on the outside and soft and steamy inside. There are a lot of vegetables inside, making the aftertaste surprisingly light.
Grilled Gyoza

Grilled Gyoza ¥500/person
The gyozas are laid so they fill the sizzling pan, with no gaps. Homemade yuzu (Japanese citrus) pepper goes very well with it.
The sizzling pan keeps your gyoza hot till the end.

Hakata Gion Tetsu Nabe 

Location 2-20, Gion machi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi
How-to-go 3 min walk from Gion Subway Station, Kuko Line
opening-hours 5 pm – midnight
Closed Sun and public holidays


7. Karashi Mentaiko (Spicy seasoned cod roe) Close to Hakata station

In 1949, karashi mentaiko was first created in Fukuya, when South Korean ʽMyeongtaeʼ, which is cod roe pickled in kimchi, was tweaked to match the Japanese palate. Enjoy the variety of ingenious tastes – from classic ones to more recently developed ones.
Karashi Mentaiko (Spicy seasoned cod roe)

It was the shopʼs founder, Toshio Kawahara, who created karashi mentaiko, based on the taste he was familiar with in Korea. The key ingredient is the original secret sauce that brings out the taste of the cod roe. The entire process from manufacture to sale is in-house so that the freshest product can be sold at a reasonable price.

Aji no mentaiko Fukuya Nakasu Hoten From ¥1080/120g

Location 2-6-10 Nakasu, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi
How-to-go 5 min walk from Nakasu Kawabata Subway Station, Kuko Line
opening-hours 8 am – midnight (9 am – 7 pm on Sun and public holidays)
Closed No holiday


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