Went to the always excellent Nishio the other day. You can read my account of the shop here.
Today I was slurping it up with Jackson, the man behind the San Francisco ramen truck Shirohige. He was in town, living like a true ramen nerd, eating bowl after bowl of the stuff. From the reviews and information on the internet, Shirohige serves up a lot of simple shoyu. I immediately knew that he should taste Nishio.
These noodles are amazing. Custom made with corn flour, they stay firm even when distraction should warrant soggy noodles.
Another thing I love about Nishio is the owner. He speaks so fast, and so slangy, that I only pick up about 40% of what he says.
But what I picked up today...
... is perfect. The shop master's list of recommended shops in Hakata for my trip next week.