In this article, we would like to introduce you to traditional meals from Fukuoka Prefecture, which are still being served as local specialties today.
First, there is Tonkotsu Ramen (豚骨ラーメン). This special kind of ramen is boiled with pig bones, resulting in a dark soup with a strong flavor. You can try this version in every ramen shop in Fukuoka but if you want to go for the full Hakata experience, you should eat Tonkotsu Ramen at a Yatai, a traditional portable food stand found everywhere around the city in the evening.
The second local dish is Motsunabe (もつ鍋).
This stew is made from beef or pork tripe boiled in a conventional cooking pot together with various vegetables. Motsunabe is often additionally flavored with soy sauce. After the pot has been emptied, it’s a common thing to fill your bowl with noodles and enjoy a noodle soup made from the Motsunabe broth.
Still feeling hungry? Then you should try Mentaiko (明太子). Normally served as a side dish, Mentaiko is included in many Japanese meals or can be eaten as a snack as well. It is made from fish roe and is prepared with paprika, giving it its typical color. Try eating it together with a bowl of rice!