Upon arrival at the JR Hakata Station, I rushed to “Hakata Men Kaido” (noodles street) on the 2nd floor of the station building, DEITOS. This is one of the best spots to enjoy Hakata Ramen.
“Daruma” is so popular and there are always lines, and I have to wait about 10 minutes. Japanese popular group, “Exile”’s autographs with photos are put up on a wall, which is an evidence of the famous store. First, you have to buy a ticket before standing in line.
“Tonkotsu Ramen” uses pork bone broth soup combined with spicy miso. Hakata-style noodle is very thin, like angel hair pasta. Ramen is a hard dish to prepare well, and it is a sort of art of making it to have a nice texture.
Broth soup and noodles are key to a taste of good Ramen. Rich and oily broth, a savory slab of Chashu (thick, fatty pork slices) was a very good combination with other toppings. The soup is hot and spicy, and its pungency further increased when Takana (leaf mustard) added.
After eating the noodles and toppings, some people pick up the bowl and drink the soup. It is fine to do it like a local resident, but it was too spicy and oily to do it.
Hakata DEITOS 2nd Fl.
1-1 Chuo-gai, Hakata station,
Open: 11:00 ~ 23:00