Kyushu is the home of ramen, and in Fukuoka, there are many ramen shops where you can pay with a 500-yen coin and change back. There are even super-cheap ramen that are less than 300 JPY!! Here are five recommendations for those who want to enjoy a good bowl of ramen at reasonable prices!
1. Hakata Ramen Karakiya Tsutsumi Branch
Hakata Ramen Karakiya is near Fukuoka University. The Hakata ramen (290 JPY, incl. tax) is a great price. This is a place one can casually enjoy the tonkotsu pork based flavor typical of Hakata ramen so it's no wonder it's the go-to place for many people, not just students. The daily special (500 JPY, incl. tax) is a set including ramen, two pieces of karaage deep-fried chicken, and a small serving of rice. What a pleasure to be able to have a set for just one 500-yen coin. Their spicy pickled mustard leaf ramen and spicy bamboo shoot ramen, both of which are just the right spiciness, the super-spicy minced meat ramen, which is full of umami, and the bean sprout ramen are all available for one coin (500 JPY) or less. Karakiya has three more branches in Fukuoka.
Large serving of ramen
This is the main shop in Kasumigaoka, in front of Kyushu Sangyo University. It's ramen (330 JPY, incl. tax) is a simple but authentic tonkotsu ramen made with a light soup made by patiently cooking just the pig's head for hours at a high temperature and straight homemade noodles. The toppings are nori seaweed, wood ear mushrooms, green onions, and the famous house char siu roast pork. The beef tendon (280 JPY, incl. tax) is recommended as a snack. At the Kenchomae branch in front of the prefectural government building, there is the Fukuyoshi-tei A (690 JPY, incl. tax), a set that includes ramen, mini-mentaiko (seasoned cod roe) rice or mini char siu pork rice, and four pieces of gyoza dumplings, a menu distinctive to Hakata.
3. Hakata Ramen ZEN Tenjin Media Mall Branch
Hakata Ramen ZEN is a chain managed by Showa Food Industry under the motto, "a 280-yen-a-bowl ramen is the ultimate daily luxury." There are four branches in Fukuoka, including the one in Tenjin Media Mall. Its ramen (280 JPY, incl. tax) has a tonkotsu soup base and comes with specially-developed noodles that maximize the flavors and texture of wheat. The sauce and char siu pork are also homemade. The char siu pork noodles (480 JPY, incl. tax) also comes at a great price! An unusual menu item is the pork bonito flake rice (220 JPY, incl. tax). How nice that it just costs one 500-yen coin even if you get it as a set with ramen.
Hakataya maintains the price of its signature menu item, Hakata ramen (290 JPY, incl. tax) under the belief that Hakata ramen should be cheap and tasty. The scum is meticulously skimmed off when making the tonkotsu pork-based soup, so that it has no odor and can be enjoyed by people who usually don't like tonkotsu. The super-spicy pickled mustard leaf ramen (390 JPY, incl. tax) and the new menu item, seafood tonkotsu ramen (480 JPY, incl. tax), are also popular. The eight pieces of gyoza dumplings (250 JPY, incl. tax) are nice too. You can fill yourself up and both your tummy and wallet will be happy. It is a chain run by Showa Food Industry and there are six branches in Hakata.
5. Chikuen Hyakunenbashi Branch
You can have ramen for a 500-yen coin at the authentic Chinese restaurant, Chikuen, as well. They offer chuuka soba (350 JPY, incl. tax) and Chikuen's special ramen (480 JPY, incl. tax) that are in the style of traditional Chinese noodles. The noodles are straight, the soup is soy sauce based, and they come with a variety of toppings such as char siu pork and bok choy. The mabo bowl (390 JPY, incl. tax), which is large and comes with the level of spiciness of your choice, has often been featured in the media. The restaurant's most popular menu item is the fried gyoza dumplings which are 390 JPY (incl. tax) for six and 520 JPY (incl. tax) for eight. The sweet and sour pork set (690 JPY, incl. tax) and pickledmustard leaf fried rice (750 JPY, incl. tax) follows in popularity. In addition to the Hyakunenbashi branch, there is the main restaurant in Tenjin and another branch in Nishinagazumi.
Isn't it wonderful that there are still places to eat out for one coin? We urge you to try Fukuoka ramen, distinctive to Fukuoka, as well as traditional ramen. You are sure to become a fan.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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