Your Search for ‘The World’s Best’ Ramen Ends Here
At an unassuming shop in the heart of Fukuoka.
Oshige Shokudo (Imaizumi Branch)
1/F Nishitetsu Imaizumi Bldg., 1-12-23 Imaizumi, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka
Open from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. the following day.
How to get there: It’s a 3-minute walk from Nishitetsu (Fukuoka) Tenjin Station.
Oshige Shokudo may not ring a bell for most people, but for ramen enthusiasts, this is the holy grail of ramen shops. During the 2017 World Ramen Grand Prix, it won nothing less than the title of “The World’s Best” for its Jun Ramen Nanafushi. The winning bowl is made of nanafushi or seven elements: beef, chicken, pork, puffer fish, bonito flakes, mackerel, and sardine. But what makes it unique is that the soup is extracted using siphon coffee makers.
According to Yohei Oshige, the shop owner, he was able to come up with this technique from playing around with various dishes. “It is a ramen with a rich fragrance that opens up in front of customers.”
Siphon coffee makers are used to combine the nanafushi (seven elements), ago (flying fish) from the Nagasaki Prefecture, and kelp from the Hokkaido Prefecture into delicious soup.
You can smell the fragrance and umami when the soup extracted from the siphon is poured into the bowl.
Your first impression of drinking the soup will be fleeting, but each time you do, the versatile flavors will spread in your mouth, and you won’t be able to stop drinking more of the soup. It's lower than 450 Kcal, which is much lower than the usual tonkotsu base. All-natural ingredients are also used, giving the soup a refreshing aftertaste.
Luckily, you don’t have to travel far to get a taste of the world’s best ramen. The first shop is right in Fukuoka, and serves only 30 bowls during lunch. Its newly opened Imaizumi branch is not only close to the central area but also serves the Nanafushi any time of the day.
Upon entry, you’re welcomed by a long counter. The tables are in the back. You’ll also find illustrations of Hakata’s famous brush-master, Kindayu Kinzantei.
Bean sprout with ume or plum flavor, yuzu pepper, furikake are placed on tables with tatami mats.
You’ll find chopsticks, hand towels, and even a hair band inside the drawer of each seat. A kettle-shaped faucet for cold water is also installed in each seat.
A Japanese brand of pork called Chamiton is used for chashu. It’s marinated in salty rice malt and charcoal broiled.
“Since the Imaizumi branch opened, we are now able to serve Jun Ramen Nanafushi to more people. Please do not hesitate to stop by,” says Mr. Oshige.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Kyushu Walker™ (25 May 2018)