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5 ramen restaurants to try in Fukuoka

By Chehui Peh

Fukuoka is home to Hakata ramen and has countless ramen shops offering their own variation. At its core, Hakata ramen is a pairing of savory tonkotsu (pork bone) broth and thin, straight noodles. With tons of ramen shops offering their own twist, it’s the perfect place for ramen lovers to slurp to their heart’s content.

Check out these five slurp-worthy ramen restaurants in Fukuoka, and maybe even participate in the debate on which ramen restaurant is your best.

1. Hakata Daruma

Hakata Daruma uses a technique called yobidashi, for complex flavors that change over time. Photo: Flickr/ City Foodsters

Hakata Daruma still makes their soup in the same iron pot as they have done since opening in 1963. They add to their existing soup every day in a traditional method of ramen soup making called yobidashi, where the mother soup is never thrown away but is added to, so it adds to the complexity of the flavor as time goes on. True to their methods, Daruma’s tonkotsu broth is flavorful, and each bite gives off a different flavor emphasis.

This ramen is known to pair well with rice, so why not try it? Order a bowl of rice to place into your remaining soup when you’re done with the noodles and drink the rest of that broth.

1-8-25 Watanabedori, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka - Map

11:30 a.m ~ 12:30 a.m.

2. Ganso Ramen Nagahamaya

Drop by for a bowl of ¥500 ramen. Photo: Chehui Peh

Ganso Ramen Nagahamaya is Nagahama Ramen, which is known to have a richer soup base than Hakata ramen. Starting as a street stall in 1952, Nagahamaya retains its one-coin (¥500) ramen. Their tonkotsu broth is the perfect blend of richness and savoriness, with thinly sliced chashu (roast pork) and a healthy smattering of spring onions as an accompaniment.

If you prefer a more robust flavored soup, there’s a kettle filled with special ramen soy sauce on the table to adjust the taste to your liking, as the broth is usually less salty. Add sesame and ginger for more complexity to the flavor or to change up the broth midway.

2-5-25 Trustpark Nagahama 3-1F, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka - Map

6 a.m. ~ 1:45 a.m.

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