Category Archives: ramen

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


Ramen Akagumi ラーメン 赤組 – Kumamoto, Japan

From Kurokawa, we drove to Kumamoto and along the way, we stopped in Aso for the volcano. It’s the largest active volcano in Japan and has one of the largest caldera’s in the world.

By the time we parked the car and walked a minute, the volcanic fumes went to an unacceptable level and we had to evacuate.  We didn’t even get to walk to the caldera!

evacuation lady got kinda made at me cause I was dragging my feet while taking photos…

We arrived in Kumamoto in time for lunch and ate at a highly rated (according to Tabelog) ramen joint.

Kumamoto ramen is a bit different from Kyushu style as the broth is a bit lighter.

fried chicken

Kumamoto Castle!


Ramen Akagumi ラーメン 赤組

7-29 Kamitori-cho | Chuo-ku, Kumamoto, Kumamoto Prefecture 860-0845, Japan


Rokurinsha 六厘舎 – Tokyo, Japan

In Tokyo, there’s a street called RAMEN STREET and it’s located underneath Tokyo station. It has several ramen restaurants but the most famous one is Rokurinsha 六厘舎, which is also currently the most popular in Tokyo.

Unlike the usual pork-bone ramen (tonkotsu), the ramen served here is tsukemen-style (dipping ramen).

I read that there are crazy lines so we decided to go at non-peak hours.  We went at 4pm and there was a lineup! crazy!


Rokurinsha is popular with both salary-men and tourists..

I ordered the Ajitama Tsuke-men (dipping noodles with egg).   The tonkotsu broth is made up of both pork and chicken and the toppings include BBQ pork slice, fish cake, bamboo, seaweed and bonito powder.  The noodles are served separately from the broth and is meant to be dipped into before eating.  This method of eating ramen is supposedly to prevent soggy noodles and allow the noodles to have a stronger flavour.

Mom ordered the spicy version.. and for 100yen more, you get a side of spices…

After finishing the ramen, you can ask the server for soup stock to add to the condensed ramen broth to make drinkable soup! Cool!

The way of eating tsukemen is interesting but personally, I like my ramen in soup.  With this way of eating, both my noodles and soup get cold halfway into eating.  Also, the soup is too strong and flavourful;  however, the noodles are indeed more chewier.


Rokurinsha 六厘舎

1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan (Tokyo Station Ichibangai Basement Floor, B1F Yaesu South Exit)
Tel: +81-03-3286-0166

Ichiran 一蘭 – Osaka, Japan

Even though we had Ippudo for lunch, we had ramen again for dinner.. this time, at Ichiran.  Ichiran is famous for it’s unique style of dining… individual private cubby so you can enjoy the ramen alone!

The lineup was insane!   45 minute wait outside.. and then another 15 min lineup inside.

The ticket machine….thank goodness it has pictures!

After buying the tickets, we consulted the panel to see where there are empty seats.  There’s a total of 20 seats… all in a line.   It took a while to get 3 adjacent seats.

The unique seating arrangement… I seriously think this is to prevent people from talking.. so they can finish eating and then leave…

My solitude dining… well, the front panel can swing back so you can partly see your neighbour……. it even has a water dispenser in each cubby!

Tonkotsu Hakata-style ramen made with pork broth… the soup base was flavourful and not too oily… the noodles were on the softer side… while the pork had the right amount of fat…

About half a year later, Ichiran opened in Hong Kong and the lineups were even more crazy… 3-4 hours!!!


Ichiran 一蘭

various locations but we went to the Dotonbori branch

一蘭道頓堀店 Japan, 〒542-0084 大阪府大阪市中央区宗右衛門町7−18

+81 6-6212-1805

Kinryu Ramen 金龍ラーメン – Osaka, Japan

I was stuffed from my sushi breakfast at Sushi Endo.. but I still wanted to have a last bowl of ramen before going to the airport.  Another famous ramen in Dotonbori is, Kinryu.  The name is literally golden dragon; hence, the iconic dragon decoration.

At night time, there’s always a huge lineup.. but since we went in the afternoon, we got a table right away!

there’s only 2 selections.. ramen with pork or ramen with extra pork…

you hand your ticket to the counter and when ready, you pick up your ramen… this is the first self-service ramen place I’ve been too!

this ramen has more Chinese influence then the other ramens… probably because this version has scallions….. still, really good and the cheapest ramen I had in Japan (only 600+ yen!)


Kinryu Ramen 金龍ラーメン

Address: 1-7-26 Namba, Chuo-Ku, OSAKA (大阪府大阪市中央区道頓堀1-7-26)
Phone: +81-6-6211-6202

opened 7 days a week, 24 hours