Fukuoka is famous for Hakata ramen with tonkotsu (pork bone) soup, but actually, it's a battleground for tsukemen as well. Tsukemen is a type of dish where you dip noodles into the soup to eat it. These 5 popular restaurants in Fukuoka always have lines thanks to their carefully made noodles and wide variety of soups.
1. Hakata Gensuke Yakuin Main Branch
This tsukemen specialty shop was developed by Hakata Ikkousha, famous for the ramen restaurant Hakata Ikkousha Daimyo Honke. This restaurant's main offering is the tsukemen (800 JPY (incl. tax)) made with a seafood and tonkotsu based soup. There's a monthly menu offering varied items like chicken tsukemen and salt tsukemen, so no matter how often you go you won't be tired of their menu. This particular restaurant has electric stove tops at each seat so your soup won't grow cold and you can enjoy piping hot noodles until the very end. This is the perfect place for people who don't like tsukemen because it gets cold too quickly. There are sets that include cheese zosui (rice gruel made with various ingredients) or egg zosui, so there's a full rice menu as well.
2. Menya Kanetora
This restaurant's popular dish is the rich tsukemen (840 JPY), offering a rich soup made with plenty of fish powder and chewy noodles that's irresistible for people who love seafood and tonkotsu-based soup. The Kara Kara Tsukemen (890 JPY), made with hot peppers, allows you to choose your level of spice, so if you want to try it you can add some of the peppers available for free as a topping. They give you a free paper apron, so you can eat with abandon without worrying about your clothes.
CHICKENMEN combines a soup made of boiled chicken with a seafood broth for a rich yet mild ramen soup that attracts customers, but their tsukemen doesn't lose in popularity. This restaurant does not cut corners, such as cooking their pork into a rare char siu using low heat. Their rich chicken seafood tsukemen (870 JPY (incl. tax)) includes rice and plum paste at the end of your meal, as well as free toppings like yuzu citrus pepper and kabosu citrus juice, so you can change your rich tsukemen into a refreshing one.
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4. Hakata Ikkousha Daimyo Honke
Hakata Ikkousha is a ramen restaurant with branches nationwide, but they also have great tsukemen, and you can enjoy different tsukemen in different branches. At the Daimyo Honke branch, you can try the Ajidama Chicken Tsukemen (900 JPY (incl. tax)), which uses chicken char siu and has plenty of chicken flavor. Just like Hakata Gensuke, each seat has an electric stove top to keep your soup warm.
5. Hakata Chuka Soba Marugen
Marugen's tsukemen is characterized by a slight sweetness and chewy egg noodles. They have fat tsuke-soba (830 JPY) and the flat tsuke-soba (730 JPY), so you can choose the type of noodle you prefer. A popular side dish includes Makichan's Butameshi (100 JPY), a rice ball flavored like char siu. There are reasonably priced sets for lunch, so please order one as well.
Please try these restaurants whether or not you're experienced at tsukemen.
*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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