I love my ramen, and I love my adventures. But sometimes, it can be a lot for my stomach. I was officially binging in Osaka ramen before making my way down to Hakata to binge on creamy tonkotsu ramen.
Most shops in Hakata are easy to get to, with long hours and not-so-long waits. Notice I say Hakata, not Fukuoka. There are some shops in the countryside of this prefecture that only open for lunch, run out of soup, and have odd holidays. Thank you Hakata for being tourist friendly.
Isso is a solid shop. Open for 13 hours a day, with no days off makes it convenient as well.
To be honest, this was when I reached my ramen-limit for the week. You've broken me, Hakata!
Which is unfortunate, because Isso serves a fantastic bowl. Opened by the Yamada brothers in 2012, their soup is more on the refined side. They use local fare, the soy sauce, pork, and green onions come from local makers, a sentiment that you feel most shops out here don't adhere to. The soup is constantly moved between pots while cooking, creating what has been dubbed Ramen Cappuccino (their words, not mine).
Great soup, legit noodles, and more toppings than your average tonkotsu bowl. But, like I said, I had just overdosed on ramen.
Adding healthy amount of しょうが - ginger - helped a bit. Ginger is a natural digestive aid, and its use in many Japanese cuisines is a result of a healthful history.
Unsweetened fresh ginger kakigori - Japanese shaved ice. This dish, eaten for breakfast at Suzukake, acted as a much needed cleanse, though I would avoid heavy Kyushu noodles for the next week.
Official site here.
Fukuoka, Fukuoka-shi, Hakata-ku, Hakataekihigashi 3-1-6
Closed Station: Hakata