Fukuoka is a town where many delicious foodstuffs can be found. Here are seven food items in Fukuoka that offer great value with prices starting at 430 JPY, arranged in the order of level of affordability.
Gobo-Ten Udon (430 JPY)
Udon Taira is a popular shop that some people make sure to visit whenever they are in Hakata. Hakata udon (a type of noodle made from wheat flour) is known for its soft noodles with glutinous texture. At this restaurant, the Gobo-Ten Udon is a dish that excellently combines udon and crisp gobo (burdock root) tempura that is fried right before your eyes! This dish can be yours at such a low price.
1. Udon Taira
Gen'eiryu Ramen (750 JPY (incl. tax))
Compared to the standard tonkotsu (pork bone broth) ramen, this is a new type of tonkotsu ramen with a smooth, dry taste. It is known for its robust flavor that comes from the use of natural ingredients only. Also, the special rice topped with raw egg (350 JPY (incl. tax)) is a secret dish that you should definitely order along with with the Gen'eiryu Ramen.
Yakiniku Teishoku (roast meat set) (860 JPY (incl. tax))
Nakasu Chin'ya is one the best sukiyaki (beef hot pot) places in Nakasu that boasts of being in business for more than 60 years now. This restaurant only uses local Kyushu-raised Japanese Kuroge beef that was selected using a discerning eye that was trained in the meatpacking business, so you will surely enjoy the melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness of the meat in their dishes. Head to this restaurant during lunchtime if you want to eat premium beef at reasonable prices. If you do visit, then you must try the Yakiniku Teishoku with its heaping amount of Japanese Kuroge beef and cabbage that are served on an iron plate. You will definitely get your fill of the tasty meat.
Chicken Nanban & Honjitsu no Nizakana Teishoku (Chicken Nanban and Boiled Fish of the Day Set) (950 JPY (excl. tax))
Tenjin Wappa Teishokudo is a restaurant where you can enjoy a wide variety of set meals. Of these set meals, the Chicken Nanban & Honjitsu no Nizakana Teishoku is a meal with a great value meal since it comes with an exquisite combination of crispy fried chicken with a pickled, sweet tartar sauce, coupled with the boiled fish of the day that changes daily. Furthermore, all set meals in this restaurant come with tonjiru (pork miso soup) that is overflowing with ingredients, as well as rice with free refills.
4. Tenjin Wappa Teishokudo
Wa-Teishoku (1,300 JPY (excl. tax))
Hakataryoutei Chikae, which houses a massive aquarium in the center of its shop, is a restaurant where you can enjoy raw fish and shellfish, as well as kaiseki cuisine, a traditional multi-course meal. Here, you can enjoy dishes only available for lunch made with authentic ingredients while marveling at the restaurant’s atmosphere that is filled with an upscale feeling. Having the freshest sashimi, tempura, wanmono (Japanese soup), chawanmushi (savory steamed egg custard with various ingredients) and other dishes for this price is an absolute steal.
5. Hakata restaurant Chikae Fukuoka Branch
Unagidon with Kimosui (soup with eel liver) (1,480 JPY (excl. tax))
Hakata Famous Yoshizuka Eel Restaurant is an eel restaurant that was opened in 1873. Here, they only use carefully selected eel from Miyazaki, Kagoshima and other sources, giving their dishes a distinct, rich taste. You can enjoy fluffy and aromatic kabayaki (fish is split open, deboned, sliced, and skewered, then broiled in sauce) that uses this restaurant’s secret sauce that has been edited and passed on from generation to generation since it was established.
Chunigiri (2,000 JPY (excl. tax))
Sushikappou Yamanaka is a famous sushi restaurant in Hakata that was opened in 1972. During lunchtime, you can come here to enjoy this restaurant’s affordable meals that will give you a taste of this restaurant’s unique flavors that come from the use of seafood from nearby seas such as Genkainada Sea and the masterful skills of its sushi chefs. You will also get to relish set meals that come with sushi that uses the season’s freshest seafood, chawanmushi, soup, and dessert at reasonable prices.
Hakata may be famous for motsunabe (hot pot made with offal, vegetables and other ingredients) and tonkotsu ramen, but it also has a lot of other delicious and reasonably priced food items for you to enjoy. Try to visit these places if you can.
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