Tonkotsu Ramen aka “Hakata Ramen”
Tonkotsu (“pork bone”) ramen usually has a cloudy white colored broth. It has a thick broth made from boiling pork bones, fat, and collagen over high heat for many hours, which suffuses the broth with a hearty pork flavor and a creamy consistency that rivals milk. The noodles are thin and straight, and it is often served with beni shoga (pickled ginger). In recent years the latest trend in tonkotsu toppings is māyu (sesame oil), a blackish, aromatic oil made from either charred crushed garlic or Sesame seeds.
Fukuoka in Japan is the home of the BEST Tonkotsu Ramen.. Like me, people travel here from even from different parts of the world just to try this authentic ramen dish.
You can find this ramen everywhere. Although all of them are good, we’re still going to have favorites! and these are my top 3 ramen places I recommend you must try when you visit Fukuoka, Japan.
1. Yatai (Food Stall in Fukuoka Streets) – Located in Nakasu River
There are a lot of Yatai spread out across Fukuoka city, but the famous are found around Tenjin and Nakasu. It was even rated one of the top street foods in Asia!
“Yatai are the outdoor food stalls that line Fukuoka’s streets, serving delicious food night after night before disappearing during the day time.”
People go here after work hours to have dinner or drinks with friends/colleagues.
Each stall has specialty and they sell different kinds of food like bbq, sushi, shabu-shabu. But it is also a famous place for local Tonkotsu Ramen.
Beside the stall you can check if they sell ramen or not, make sure to see the price first because some are really expensive and you might get shock when you’re about to pay the bill (like we did when we ordered BBQ)
All of them looks very good, just pick one based from your instincts. They are all delicious anyway.
This guy is preparing our ramen. Yummmm!!
I added few pickled ginger and garlic to make it even more delicious!
2. Ippudo – 10F AMU Plaza Hakata (Located in Hakata Station)
Ippudo is a very famous ramen chain and has several branches all over the world.
Ippudo was first started in Fukuoka by Shigemi Kawahara, the CEO of Chikaranomoto Company. “Ippudo” in direct translation means “one wind hall”, and this is named because at the time, there were dark clouds over the Kyushu ramen industry, and the founder CEO Kawahara intended to “blow wind and revolutionise the era”.
Based from a lot of people who tasted Ippudo aside from Hakata Branch, they said Hakata Ippudo is way better than what they had. And I agree with that for sure!
3. Ikkousha Ramen – 2F Deitos Ramen Street (Located in Hakata Station)
Actually, this ramen chain is number 1 in Indonesia and Singapore and it even won in a ramen championship in Singapore. After eating this, it’s no wonder how it became very popular. The broth is very rich, milky in a balance way where you can just eat and eat. For all ramen lovers out there, I’m very sure you’ll love this ramen.
Vending machine where you order your ramen from.