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FUKUOKA, JAPAN – Welcome to Fukuoka, on the island of Kyushu, in southern Japan, and this is one of the capitals of Japanese street food in the country. They have done an amazing job to preserve the culture of “yatai” or portable street food stalls that set up in the evening across the city. Tonight we’re going on an ultimate Japanese street food tour in Fukuoka, going to 5 different place for 5 Japanese dishes and I can’t wait to share all the food with you now.
#1 Yaki Ramen
Location: Kokinchan: https://goo.gl/maps/AMGdvUadJR6JbFwi6 – We’re starting off with a famous yatai stall where they invented the original yaki ramen – or fried ramen. It was definitely new to me, I thought it would be more of a dry fried noodles, but it was rather a wet and soup fried noodle dish. Amazing, as were the other dishes.
Price – 2,650 JPY for everything
Location: Yatai Mamichan: https://goo.gl/maps/dwSFjcZea59H947D8 – You can go on a Japanese street food tour without eating gyoza, and Yatai Mamichan is one of the best places to eat them. The chef is amazingly skilling, cooking everything on his own and darting from station to station. Part of the great thing about eating at Yatai is being right in front of the cooking and interacting with the chef.
Price – 8,450 JPY for 5 people (we ordered a lot and lots of drinks)
#3 Tempura – Next, I’m not totally sure of the name of this place, but they are known for their tempura, battered and deep fried seafood and vegetables. It was a little oily, but still quite tasty.
Price – 1,100 JPY
#4 Hakata Ramen
Location: Yatai Kiryu: https://goo.gl/maps/RB5UQkK8wFUG8TTX6 – Hakata ramen, or tonkotsu ramen is one of the most common and popular dishes in Fukuoka and you’ll find Hakata ramen served at nearly all yatai food stalls.
Price – 650 JPY per bowl
Location: Yatai Kawachan: https://goo.gl/maps/5jzCzVt4VwHJ7hGS7 – Finally we ate at a place called Yatai Kawachan, known for their yakitori, or grilled chicken skewers. It was a quite a selection of different skewers from gizzard to hot dog.
Total price – 4,400 JPY for everything with drinks
The yatai street food culture in Fukuoka is one of the great Japanese food scenes in Japan. Let’s hope generations continue to take pride in their food stalls and preserve the yatai culture.
Thank you to Visit Kyushu (https://www.visit-kyushu.com/en/) for helping me organize this food tour.
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