Fukuoka is well known for its local cuisine, popular among both foreign tourists and Japanese.
One of the most popular of Fukuoka’s local dishes is pork broth-based tonkotsu ramen. There are plenty of ramen shops in Fukuoka Prefecture, and different areas of Fukuoka City, where you can try some variations of tonkotsu ramen, like Hakata Ramen and Kurume Ramen to explore a bit and sample some of the options.
Mizutaki is a chicken hot pot and is one of Fukuoka’s well-known local dish that is over 100 years old. Seasonal vegetables are simmered in the refined flavour of chicken bone soup, then dipped in pon-zu sauce (citrus-based soy sauce), resulting in a warm, yet fresh flavour.
When it comes to a hot pot, Motsunabe is Fukuoka’s most renowned dish. Made out of tripe, garlic, cabbages, chives, and a red pepper, this high protein, low-calorie hot pot is exceedingly popular – especially when the weather gets cold.
The birthplace of udon noodle, Fukuoka has a long history behind its regional udon. Hakata udon is different from udon from other regions, as it is characterized by its soft and tender noodles. While the Hakata-style ramen noodles are often al dente, the udon are whole different experience.
With just a glimpse of its sparkling harbour and rugged natural coastline, you might realise that Fukuoka’s seafood is one of the best in Japan.
Fukuoka’s specialties are squid, shrimp, mackerel, and sea bream. As they are unloaded as fresh fish, never frozen, simple dishes like sashimi, nigiri (sushi), tempura, meuniere, or grilled fish taste unbelievably good here.
Amaou strawberries are large, round and well-formed, and are named after their respective specialities such as “sweet (Amai)”, “round (Marui)”, “big (Ookii)”, and “tasty (Umai).” Taste their sweetness as is, or try it on some of Fukuoka’s confectionary which uses Amaou strawberries.
Stroll around Fukuoka’s gourmet streets and to jumping into your favourite shops – there is never a dull moment while sampling Fukuoka’s local cuisine!