The Japan Railpass made it very convenient to travel to different parts of Japan by Shinkansen, a network of high-speed railway lines. Even at speeds of ~260 km/h, it took us six hours to reach Hakata, Fukuoka, which is about 1000 km away from Tokyo (by rail). We didn’t spend lots of time here, but the little time we did have, we spent eating the famous foods of Fukuoka.
Hakata Style Ramen
The soup in this ramen is made from boiling bones at high temperature, which transfers the pork fat, meat, and flavours into the soup. The noodle is also thinner and straighter than the typical style of ramen. We went to a ramen shop called Ichiran (一蘭), which is a well known chain of ramen shops. Each person sat at a booth regardless or whether they were a party or not.
It is essentially a type of hot pot with a specific type of ingredients. In this case, our hot pot had pieces of pork/beef organs (probably intestines) cooked in the soup with chives, and various veggies.
Beef Heart and Horse Sashimi
I don’t think this is a food local to Fukuoka, but it is still different enough to be worth mentioning. Despite being beef heart, I thought it tasted like beef. The taste didn’t change just because the meat was from the cow’s heart. As for the horse sashimi, hose meat definitely isn’t as flavourful as beef, and is a bit chewy. After trying so many kinds of meat from different animals, it is clear to me why beef is the popular choice.
Pokemon Center Fukuoka
Not really related to food, but I came across this while walking around the mall inside the train station. Lots and lots of Pokemon plushies. In the picture, there are even Pikachu’s wearing Japan’s 2014 World Cup jersey!
Link to album here: here