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