Hakata (博多) is a district of Fukuoka City (福岡市) in Japan which serves as an important location for sightseeing and traffic. Thanks to its rich history and variety of things to do and see, this district is becoming an international hub with a big influx of tourists from other Asian countries visiting daily.
There are many characteristic dishes of Fukuoka but one of the region’s favorites is, undoubtedly, Hakata ramen (博多ラーメン). This consists of thick, straight-ish noodles served in a soy-flavored pork broth, similar to tonkotsu (豚骨). With a plethora of ramen shops in Hakata, it can be hard to find the right one, so I’ve picked out the three restaurants in this area which offer the best-tasting ramen.
Hakata is a fierce ramen battleground. Lying in the heart of Hakata is a popular ramen shop called Isshin Furan. The shop is very particular about the ramen soup and offers a variety of flavors, including black, white, red, gold and much more. The black pork ramen is regarded a favorite among the locals in Fukuoka.
The ramen is boiled in the barikata (バリカタ) method which produces a distinctive, strong taste. Standard ramen is on sale for an affordable price of 650 yen, as well as the white pork ramen priced at 630 yen and the gold ramen at 750 yen. These ramen have a lighter flavor that customers come back for time and time again. You don’t only get to choose the color of the ramen, but also the richness of the broth (normal, rich or super-rich) and how hard you want your noodles. Whichever you choose, you can either dine in or take away.
This is an interesting ramen place nestled away in the neighborhood. It is open from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. from Monday to Saturday and from 11:00 a.m. to midnight on Sundays and holidays.
Ippudo ramen is famous throughout Japan. It was established in 1985 and has continued to gain recognition and a good reputation. You can try two of the famous Ippudo ramen: “akamaru shinaji (赤丸新味)” and “shiromaru motoaji (白丸元味).” Akamaru shinaji consists of Ippudo’s original tonkotsu broth which is enhanced with special blended miso paste and fragrant garlic oil. This refined, modern style of ramen is served with thin noodles, pork belly, kikurage and spring onions.
If you’re wanting a classic bowl of Hakata ramen, go for the shiromaru motoaji. It includes Ippudo’s original tonkotsu broth served with ultra-thin noodles, pork loin, bean sprouts, kikurage and spring onions.
Ippudo in Hakata is open from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Monday to Thursday and until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Ippudo has branched out to several locations abroad including Hong Kong, New York, Seoul and Singapore.
Hakata Daruma’s ramen is considered the representative ramen of Fukuoka. The soup has received historical recognition across the nation. The restaurant’s most popular ramen is topped with chashu, which is made from a rare cut of pork cheek. A usual order of ramen costs 700 yen with an additional fee of 150 yen for an extra serving of noodles to slurp up with any remaining soup. Free extras include sesame seeds and ginger to add a different taste.
The rich flavor of the soup is achieved by boiling pork hind-legs over long periods of time. This makes it irresistible once Daruma’s distinctively thin noodles are added, a characteristic of the restaurant since its establishment in 1963. Again, Hakata Daruma provides customers with the option to choose how hard they’d like their noodles. If you’re a ramen first-timer, it’s suggested to go with the standard noodle texture and you can work out your preferences from there.
With these 3 ramen restaurants serving up undisputably delicious ramen, don’t be surprised to join a queue if you pop along for lunch or dinner! But if you’re visiting Fukuoka any time soon, do not leave the place without trying Hakata ramen!