Japanese Cuisine in Fukuoka
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Five Hidden Culinary Treasures in Fukuoka (and One Bonus)
- The rest of the world is only slowly catching up with what many in the country already know: Fukuoka is one of the planet’s culinary capitals. With access to rich farmland and the riches of the Genkai Sea, as well as a history as a cultural and ethnic melting pot, it makes sense that Fukuoka has great food. There’s the yatai scene, of course, and everybody knows Hakata ramen, but here are five less obvious choices, as well as a bonus that’s not strictly local but worth checking out. Worship at the Temple to Mentaiko, Ganso Mentai Nikomi Mentaiko, simply pollock roe hit with ground chili powder and salt, was adopted from Korea and has found a home in Hakata. There are plenty of spots to pick up mentaiko to prepare at home, but it’s an item that most associate with home cooking, rather than restaurants. At Ganso Hakata Mentaiju, they make it the star of the show. A thick log of marinated pollock roe is laid over a bed of rice, mimicking the presentation of eel. The mentaiko tsukemen, another recent innovation, is a worthy use of the local delicacy: a thick broth fortified with spicy, pungent mentaiko is prepared to stand up to perfectly stretchy noodles, made in-house. Ham-and-Egg Manju at Mucchan Come on, every city has their famous manju, and Fukuoka is no exception. Mucchan’s mudskipper-shaped tart comes in more tame variants, like the red bean-filled classic, but locals know that the best is the ham-and-egg stuffed manju. This is a nostalgic taste of a mostly bygone era. Currently, there are 10 shops in Fukuoka city. Karasumi Mochi The karasumi mochi at Warayaki Mikan is a good excuse to try this fresh, hip izakaya in the Haruyoshi neighborhood. The mochi comes with a serviette of nori to wrap it in and delivers a hit of briny,spicy karasumi flavor. This is one of many highlights at this local favorite, where straw-roasted seafood and small plates are paired with natural wines. Chicken Skin, Two Ways There’s more than one way to skin a chicken—and plenty of ways to cook that skin, too. The classic izakaya style at Kawaya is to skewer loads of buttery chicken skin and roast it over charcoal until just enough of the fat renders for crispiness to set in. This preparation is not unique to Fukuoka but, for whatever reason, the city does have a special affinity for chicken skin, prepared any numbers of ways. At Lights in hip Daimyo, where small plates are paired with glasses of wine or shots of shochu, there is perhaps the most delicate preparation: the skin is slowly rendered until every crunching bite is loud as a 12 gauge blast, nothing but a strip of pickled radish to cut the unadulterated unctuous schmaltz. Bonus: Bake Cheese Tarts Everytime Bake opens a new branch, lines are guaranteed to extend further than anybody but the most dedicated will have patience for. This particular branch opened a few years back in the underground arcade below Tenjin Station and still commands decent queues—but nothing crazy. These are the heavyweight of Japanese cheese tarts and there’s no excuse not to grab a couple while strolling through the underground arcade. ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
Where to Eat in Fukuoka
- Fukuoka is a gourmet city and the eating options are endless. Here are some of the best locations and signature dishes to try. Tetsunabe Gyoza The who’s who of celebrities in Japan have visited this no-frills gyoza shop. This can be seen by the large collection of pictures of the owner with famous friends hanging on the wall. We think you should check it out too, but not for the pictures, for the wonderful grilled gyoza served straight on the iron frying pan. This is a Fukuoka institution and should not be missed. TetsunabeGyoza Ichifuji Motsunabe Motsunabe, a local delicacy made with beef or pork offal, could make some travellers wary, yet this is one of the best food options Fukuoka has to offer. At Ichifuji, you will be treated to a flavourful and easy to eat hot pot of miso based motsunabe. The restaurant is hidden on the 6th floor of the Bulala Building in the city’s Chuo Ward. Ichifuji has two dining areas, the first is in the main hall where guests are seated on the floor with other tables visible, and overlooking the neighbourhood through a wide window. The second adjacent dining area is divided in booths giving guests a more private dining experience. MotsuNabe Ichifuji Chikae Mentaiko Chikae is an institution in terms of seafood. It is located in the Daimyo district, inside a large three-story building resembling an elegant ryokan. Customers are dazzled first by the large aquariums filled with live squids, lobsters, sardines, and several other species, flanked by pristine tatami-style dining areas. Then comes the food; for lunch (from 11:30pm to 2pm) Chikae offers a japanese set lunch, and for 1,500yen you can try various small dishes, or for a bit more money you can also order a la carte, and make your own set. Either way make sure to try Chikae’s signature Mentaiko. We recommend the mentaiko-filled grilled sardine accompanied by tofu pudding, or the more simple version from the squeezable bottle provided. ChikaeMentaiko Daichi no Udon The inconspicuous shop is located in the shopping concourse below the Comfort Hotel Hataka, a building right across from the Hakata Station’s west exit. The front yellow sign is hard to find but when you do you’ll be in for a treat. The experience here is straightforward, first, order from the vending machine (in Japanese), hand your ticket to one of the friendly staff, wait for your dish to come, and enjoy. Daichi is famous for its goboten udon, and rightly so, their bowl of udon noodles topped with a massive serving of burdock root tempura is cheap, filling and succulent. Daichi no Udon Yatai Experience A trip to Fukuoka cannot be complete without eating at the famed Yatai stalls. These portable eateries have become one of city’s main attractions and a part of the Hakata night scene. From around 6pm to midnight (times vary per stall) they serve a variety of japanese fast food, including yakitori (grilled chicken skewers) and tonkotsu (pork) ramen. More than the food, the experience here is about interacting both with the stall owner and the locals sharing the limited yet cozy space with you. The Yatais can be found around central Fukuoka, but we especially recommend those located along the Naka River in Nakasu Island. Yatai Experience ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
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- Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashichuouku Nishinakasu 9-6
Booked this place as it use to be a Bib Gourmad recommentation. Very busy on a Sunday night with a lot of japanese locals. Staff quite friendly and had english menu. Shame the yakitori isnt cooked...
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- Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashihakataku Hakataekichuougai 1-1 Amu Plaza Hakata 10F
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- Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashichuouku Imaizumi 2-4-35 Imaizumi Central Building 2F
●福岡天神のお好み焼き屋。半分飲み屋の感じなので、夜がメイン？内装がキレイで女性客も多い。 ●お好み焼きは関西風で種類が豊富。記事がフワフワ、ソースが甘辛で旨い。お好み焼きによって生地の感じや具材が変わって面白い。 ●オススメのアボカドカナッペは、アボカドのペーストに海苔が相まってパンと合う。 ●少し騒がしいが、仲間と飲みに行くのに良い。週末は特に要予約。
- Saraya Fukuryu
- Fukuoka Pref. Yanagawashi Okinohatamachi 29-1
The most northerly of Kyushu island’s prefectures, Fukuoka comprises castle towns, seaside parks, and Hakata ramen, one of Japan’s most famous noodle dishes. Whether due to its good location or its unique charm, the prefecture’s capital, Fukuoka city, has been voted one of the most desirable places to live in the country - a close-knit community, a thriving food scene, and accessible nature combine for irresistibly laid-back city vibes.
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