Thursday, February 22, 2018

五右 (Gojoh in Fukuoka)

五右衛門釜仕込みとんこつラーメンGOJOH

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The full name of this shop is goemongamajicomitonkotsuramengojo. This refers to a 五常, the five virtues of Confucius. Benevolence, morality, gratitude, wisdom, and honesty.

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Pretty serious stuff here. What's even more serious is the soup. It's cooked in a 五常の釜, a kind of iron pot named after these virtues that gets very, very hot. The iron stores heat, making for a consistent boil during the long process of making tonkotsu soup.

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White or black? Benevolence or morality? Normal or spicy? These are all the same question here.

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This unique cooking technique yields a bowl that doesn't stink like many tonkotsu ramen bowls do. Instead, it's smooth and drinkable. The unique topping, pickled daikon radish, is meant to help a bit with digestion, and add some welcome color.

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Official site here.

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Open 11:30-13:00, 18:00-24:00
Closed Mondays

Monday, February 19, 2018

牧商店 (Maki Shoten in Fukuoka)

博多 牧商店

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I mentioned in my last post that I was in Fukuoka on a foodies trip. I wasn't alone, and some of the others were ramen shop owners from local shops as well as shops that reside far away. One local master's disciple had recently opened a shop of his own. Time to check it out.

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No pressure when your former boss comes to try your ramen.

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Maki Shoten has an entire dinner menu, with pork stir-fry and omelets among other things. This was stop #4 of the day (we had already had ramen, squid sashimi, and motsu nabe), so just a bowl of ramen would have to do.

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Classic Fukuoka-style. Choose from white, black, or red. Black adds some burnt garlic oil, while red (I'm assuming) is spicy. Tender chashu and solid toppings. This bowl checks all the boxes that make up a decent Hakata ramen.

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Official site here.

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福岡県福岡市博多区博多駅前3-12-3
Fukuoka-ken, Fukuoka-shi, Hakata-ku, Hakataekimae 3-12-3
Closest station: Hakata

Open 11:00-15:00, 18:00-1:00am

Thursday, February 15, 2018

はなもこし (Hanamokoshi in Fukuoka)

麺道はなもこし

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Road trip! I got the call a week before the trip. Spend between two and five days in Kyushu, eating anything and everything. High-end sushi reservations were already made, and it was our goal to fill in the time between with b-kyu, casual gourmet dishes. Ramen was definitely on the menu.

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Hanamokoshi can be a tough one to get in to. They open from 11:45 until 1:30, but will probably run out of soup, so try and get there when they open or shortly after. They open again at dinner, for only one hour from seven to eight.

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Yes, this system makes it tough, but as one of Fukuoka's great non-tonkotsu shops, they are in high regards.

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This is a breathtaking bowl. The master studied not only ramen noodle making, but pasta and udon. He wanted this one to resemble a dish called niku udon, udon topped with meat. The handmade noodles use local flour, and have a bit like nothing else in town.

The soup is a simple dashi made from dried seabream and sardines from the nearby Seto Inland Sea.

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Little bits of art adorn the walls in this homey spot.

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A must-hit in Fukuoka if you grow tired of the plethora of 100% pork ramen you find on every corner.

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Official site here.



福岡県福岡市中央区薬院2-4-35
Fukuoka-ken, Fukuoka-shi, Chuo-ku, Yakuin 2-4-35
2 minute walk from Yakuin-Odori Station

Open 11:45-14:00, 19:00-22:00
Closed Sundays