Category Archives: Japanese

Kaji Hoten 博多割烹 かじ 本店 – Fukuoka, Japan

As I’ve mentioned earlier, this area of Japan is famous for fugu (puffer fish) and also raw squid.

I found this restaurant online and it’s quite reputable in Fukouka (in existence since 1955).  It’s normally at least 10,000 yen for dinner but at lunch, there’s a set menu for 2500 yen… and it includes fugu and a squid!

aww.. the chopsticks rest is a pufferfish…

appetizers and a small plate of fugu…. The quality of fugu here is a bit better than at Shimonseki market… hence, only a few pieces..

more appetizers…

the raw squid!  We ate most of it but the rest were deep fried (that’s another dish!)


chawanmushi (steamed egg)….

miso soup with clams….

All this for 2500 yen! Such a good deal!!


Kaji Hoten 博多割烹 かじ 本店

2丁目-3-11Nakasu, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka,
Fukuoka Prefecture 810-0801

Tel: +81-92-291-2219


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)!


free appetizer.. chicken wings!

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


tamagoyaki with roe……


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!


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!


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

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…


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.


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..


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…


Ramen Daruma

Hakata Deitos 2F: Hakata Noodle Street Shop 1


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!


Karato Ichiba Fish Market

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

Tel: +81 832-67-8181