FUKUOKA FOOD GUIDE: TONKOTSU RAMEN (HAKATA RAMEN)
Tonkotsu ramen is a ramen dish that originated in Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture on the Kyushu island of Japan, and it is a specialty dish in Fukuoka and Kyushu. It was originally prepared as an affordable fast food for laborers at fish markets. Today, it is renowned for the significant time it can take to properly prepare the dish. The soup broth is based upon pork bones and other ingredients, which is typically boiled for several hours, and the dish is traditionally served with ramen noodles that are hard in the center and topped with sliced pork belly. In Fukuoka, Japan, tonkotsu ramen is referred to as Hakata ramen.
Fukuoka is said to be the birth place of Hakata Ramen and the famous Ramen restaurant Ichiran.
FUKUOKA FOOD GUIDE: OFFAL
Offal /ˈɒfəl/, also called variety meats, pluck or organ meats, refers to the internal organs and entrails of a butchered animal. The word does not refer to a particular list of edible organs, which varies by culture and region, but includes most internal organs excluding muscle and bone.
Can be eaten in a stew (Motsunabe) are cooked just like beef teppanyaki. I am not a lover of intestines but this was an exception. The parts were cleaned very well and there was this unique fatty flavor that just oozed out with every bite complementing the chewy texture. It was best paired with beef teppanyaki.
The offal motsunabe was also an experience but I like the teppanyaki version much better.
FUKUOKA FOOD GUIDE: FRESH SEAFOOD
Fresh seafood is a must-try in Fukuoka as it is one of the world’s leading fishing grounds.
FUKUOKA FOOD GUIDE: YAKITORI
Yakitori (Japanese: 焼き鳥, literally grilled chicken) is a Japanese type of skewered chicken. The preparation of Yakitori involves skewering the meat with kushi (串), a type of skewer typically made of steel, bamboo, or similar materials. Afterwards, they are grilled over a charcoal fire. During or after cooking, the meat is typically seasoned with tare sauce or salt.
Grilled Pork Belly with Leeks
Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
Chicken Wing Yakitori
Chicken Thigh Yakitori
Chicken Neck Yakitori
Though I have had my fill of yakitori in Osaka and Tokyo, some of the yakitori variations I tasted in Fukuoka were very unique to the place.
FUKUOKA FOOD GUIDE: STREET FOOD
Grilled Fresh Mussels-Unique to the shores of Fukuoka
Grilled Beef Tongue-Grilled, drizzled with homemade vinaigrette, garnished with onions and scallions
Combination of grilled meats
These dishes are just a few of many street food variations which can be experienced in outdoor food stalls called “Yatai” (mostly in Tenjin and Nakasu area)-
The stall is set up in the early evening on pedestrian walkways and removed late at night or in the early morning hours.
Though the practice of mobile food stands dates back to the 17th century, yatai became popular and widespread in the Meiji period (1868–1912) and were two-wheeled pushcarts constructed of wood. Yatai were popular during and following World War Two, but Japanese authorities imposed regulations ahead of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, citing health concerns. Today, they are prevalent in Fukuoka City, Fukuoka, but continue to dwindle.