Visit These Ramen Restaurants the Next Time You’re in Fukuoka

They make use of homemade noodles!

As the number of ramen restaurants in the Hirao, Takamiya area in Fukuoka increases, more and more establishments are stepping up their game. One of them is 
Hayakawa, a restaurant known for its clear chicken soy sauce. Restaurants serving tsukemen or dipping noodles like Marugen and Tetsuji are also a must-visit. Read on to know more! 

Hakata Chinese Soba Marugen
2-2-18, Hirao, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi
Contact: +81-92-522-8848
Open from 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday, and 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sundays and national holidays (last order is 10 minutes before). The restaurant is closed on Mondays. If a national holiday falls on a Monday, then it is closed on Tuesday. It remains open while supplies last.

Hakata Chinese Soba Marugen
is the first restaurant that really brought seafood-based Chinese soba and tsukemen to Fukuoka. The key feature of their noodles is the Japanese stock made from natural ingredients such as bonito flakes, dried sardines, seaweed, shiitake mushrooms, and the like. They also combine pork bone and chicken broth in making their original soup. Afterwards, a thick dipping broth and chewy, hydrated noodles are added.

The slightly curly noodles of the Hiramen Tsuke Soba (¥730) are mixed with the dipping broth.

It is best to drink up the broth with the special soup. Our tip: Make the noodles slightly more tangy and refreshing by squeezing citrus on them. This will bring out the flavors of the dish.

Tsukemen Tetsuji
1-9-8, Hirao, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka Prefecture
Contact: +81-92-707-0068
Open from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. (last order is at 11:30 p.m.)
Flexible Irregular holidays

Tsukemen Tetsuji is a tsukemen specialty shop that offers Hakata Motsu Tsukemen.

The ingredients of their ramen dish include small intestine, a seafood-based dipping soup with dried seafood, and whole grain rye homemade noodles, among others. You can choose from either the classic white soup or spicy red soup to mix with your noodles.

The restaurant also has another specialty that features rare char-siu pork cooked in low temperature, similar to the tsukemen. Called the
Mini Char-siu Pork Don (¥200), it is definitely a favorite among customers.

The Mini Char-siu Pork Don is a small bowl dish that is slightly broiled before served.

Jidori Ramen Hayakawa
11-11, Tamagawa-cho, Minami-ku, Fukuoka-shi
Contact: +81-92-554-7474
Open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. It is closed on Wednesdays. The restaurant remains open while supplies last.


Jidori Ramen Hayakawa
has a dish called the Local Chicken Soy Sauce Ramen (¥720). It is blended with different kinds of soy sauce, like the local Itoshima soy sauce, Shimane soy sauce, and more.

The noodles that they use come from the long-established noodle-making shop in Kyoto called 
Menya Teigaku. A slight yuzu citron pepper flavor can be detected from the dish’s char-siu chicken.

After improving his skills at 
Yamaguchi--a restaurant known for its clear chicken soy sauce soup ramen in Tokyo--the owner came back to open this restaurant in his hometown in Fukuoka.

Based on the cooking method he learned in Tokyo, and his own twist to the Kyushu style by using Hakata local chicken and local Itoshima soy sauce, the taste of his local chicken ramen is both savory and mellow. You can also sense the slight flavor of the scallops and clams.

Provided by Japan Walker™ and Kyushu Walker™ (9 May 2018)

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