Thursday, February 15, 2018

はなもこし (Hanamokoshi in Fukuoka)



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.


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.


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


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.


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


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


Official site here.

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