Yatai Mami-Chan – Fukuoka, Japan

Out of the entire Japan, the city most famous for street food is Fukuoka.  There’s sooo many food stalls for snacks and also yatai (open-aired food carts that can sit about 8-10 people).  Yatai has been around for more than 300 years…so they’re like the original food trucks!

One of the most famous area in Fukuoka for yatai is along the Nakasu River (near Canal City).  But the yatai that popped up from my research, Yatai Mami-Chan, is located in the business district, outside an office building.

Mami-Chan! She’s cooks everything herself (with the assistance of her husband)!

shochu..

free appetizer.. chicken wings!

gyoza… soooooo good.. we kept ordering.. Mami-chan wraps it when you order it.. so fresh!

yakisoba..

tamagoyaki with roe……

oden

Having a yatai meal is definitely an experience to try once.  Sitting elbow-to-elbow in a smoky semi-enclosed area and trying to converse with drunk boisterous Japanese men… definitely unforgettable.  Mami-Chan is so hospitable .. it feels like eating a meal at her home!

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Yatai Mami-Chan

Located on Showa Dori right behind Fukuoka Honten Bank. 福岡銀行本店,2-13-1 Tenjin,Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture 810-0001

Street eats @ Fukuoka, Japan

We ate our way though a park in Tenji, which had probably more than 50 food stalls… maybe even a hundred!

2 skewers of grilled octopus!

okonomiyaki on a stick!

mochi

deep fried sweet potato sticks

In Tenjin, we also found a tiny shop selling home-made bean mochi? There was a lineup so I gravitated towards it…

it was mochi with red beans….very soft and chewy….and the beans were huge!

Apart from food stalls, we also found this really line up for croissants at the Hakata JR station. 

we bought 3 flavours of mini croissants to try:

normal, chocolate and one filled with sweet potato… nothing special.. and the crust was soggy….. which is a croissant-fail.

Street Eats in Fukuoka

Pastry and Bakery Star 26 @ Grand Hyatt Hotel Fukuoka, Japan

Since we were on vacation, we spoiled ourselves with cake for breakfast at Grand Hyatt’s bakery.

We went in May so it was strawberry season.. ..

strawberry mille-feuille..

more strawberry creme cakes…

strawberry Mont Blanc

I didn’t particularly like it…I mean it looks pretty but I miss the chestnut taste of the traditional mont blanc..

We also ordered some non-strawberry items:

matcha and red bean roll

cheesecake….

egg tart…. this was the only disappointing item…

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Pastry and Bakery Star 26 @ Grand Hyatt Hotel

1-2-82 Sumiyoshi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, Japan, 812-0018

Tel: +81 92 282 1234

Ippudo 一風堂 Honten – Fukuoka, Japan

To complete my tonkatsu ramen pilgrimage, I had to visit the original Ippudo shop at Tenjin, Fukuoka.

refreshing iced tea.. in HK, it’s just iced water…

gyoza….

tonkatsu ramen… Love the thick broth! and good thing the HK one tastes like this!

spicy tonkatsu ramen..

I think this reconfirms my love for Ippudo and the number 1 rank in my ramen list.

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Ippudo 一風堂 Honten

Address: Fukuoka City, Chuo Ku, Daimyo, 1-13-14
Tel.: (81)92-7710880

Ichiran 一蘭 – Fukuoka, Japan

We made it back to Fukuoka in time to see the last few hours of the 2 days Hakata Dontaku Festival, one of the largest festival in Japan.

It was interesting to see a combination of traditional and commercial floats… but I don’t really think it is worth watching for 2 days.

The Ichiran Ramen flagship was right in the middle of the parade thoroughfare. Ichiran is one of the famous ramen joints specializing in Hakata ramen, tonkatsu soup base.

the ordering interface is new, compared to the one in Osaka!

I guess there’s a lot of tourists at this location cause the customization form is in English!

This ramen tastes like the other Ichiran ramen I’ve had in Osaka and Hong Kong..

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Ichiran 一蘭 

〒810-0001 Fukuoka Prefecture, Fukuoka, 中央区天神1-10-15
Phone:+81 92-736-5272

Ramen Daruma – Fukuoka, Japan

My friend,who’s been living in Fukuoka for the past few years, recommended Daruma (instead of the bigger names Ichiran and Ippudo). There’s a Daruma outlet at Hakata station Deito’s mall, on the noodle street floor.

It looks pretty famous..

ordered their most popular ramen, which has all the toppings I love included… The soup wasn’t as strong flavoured as the others.. which is a deal breaker for me… so I prefer my Ichiran / Ippudo…

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Ramen Daruma

Hakata Deitos 2F: Hakata Noodle Street Shop 1

〒812-0012
福岡市博多区博多駅中央街1-1
博多デイトス2F(博多めん街道内)

Tel: 092-475-8233

 

Karato Ichiba Fish Market – Shimonoseki, Japan

To make use of the car, we drove all the way up from Kumamoto to Shimonoseki on the main island, Honshu.

Shimonoseki is known as the fugu (pufferfish) city as it is the largest harvester and exporter of fugu in Japan. Fugu, considered as a delicacy in Japan, is one of the most poisonous vertebrates in the world and has to be prepared by specially-trained chefs.

We went to Karato Fish Market for lunch and you can see the cute pufferfish everywhere.

There were soooooooooooooo many people in the market.. and this photo only shows one row of stalls…What is different at this market is that you can pick your own sushi and it charges per nigri (ranging from 300 to 500 yen).

fried pufferfish and squid….

prawn tempura

I kept picking and eating.. repeated that at least 5 times….

Obviously there’s a lot of fugu sold at the market..

I had 2 plates! fugu soup.. so flavourful!

Outside the market, there’s macha ice-cream shop!

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Karato Ichiba Fish Market

Address: 4-11-39 Hikoshima Nishiyamacho,Shimonoseki 750-0093, Yamaguchi Prefecture

Tel: +81 832-67-8181