Fukuoka is located on the island of Kyushu, south-west of Japan and the sixth largest city in Japan. It is famous for its beautiful nature, lively festivals and fashionable shopping places but the most attractive point is that Fukuoka is a gourmet city known as the birthplace of Motsu Nabe, Tonkotsu Ramen and Mizutaki. I recommend 5 Must-Eat foods in Fukuoka.
#1. Motsu Nabe – Offal Hot Pot
Motsu nabe is a Fukuoka specialty. It is a hot pot stew made with a lot of vegetables and plump intestines of Japanese beef. The popular soup in Fukuoka is light soy sauce base with garlic and chili pepper. It is simple but incredibly tasty as the flavor of ingredients fully comes out. It is really an addictive taste. Noodles or rice are often added to leftover soup in the pot at the end of the meal. They absorb the flavor of the soup very well and it is really delicious. You can not stop eating!
#2. Tonkotsu Ramen – Pork Bone Broth Ramen
Every region in Japan has its own variation of Ramen. In Fukuoka Tonkotsu Ramen is the most comfort food for people. It is very delicious although the price is reasonable. The soup made by boiling pork bones for hours is rich and creamy. The rather thin, non-curly and resilient noodles is unique to Fukuoka. Topping ingredients such as sliced pork and fresh green onions achieves the perfect balance with rich soup and noodles.
#3. Mizutaki – Chicken Broth Hot Pot
Mizutaki is a healthy Japanese hot pot made with chicken, tofu, vegetables and so on. Fukuoka is the birthplace and it spread across the country. In Fukuoka-style Mizutaki, the broth is made only using water and fresh chicken. The traditional way of eating Mizutaki is enjoying its great chicken soup full of collagen first, then chicken and vegetables second.
Chicken and vegetables are dipped in Ponzu sauce individually just before eating. It is popular to finish off Mizutaki by adding rice to the leftover soup. This is the perfect way to enjoy Mizutaki.
#4. Yakitori – Grilled Chicken Skewers
Yakitori is a Japanese style of charcoal-grilled chicken skewers and a very popular food in Japan. It is cheap, delicious and really goes well with beer. Yakitori restaurants in Fukuoka, they serve a variety of grilled vegetables and meat skewers, not only chicken but also pork and beef. Especially pork back rib skewers is Must-Eat in Fukuoka.
Also you can enjoy rare appetizers such as Horse Sashimi and mackerel Sashimi in Fukuoka Yakitori restaurants. Fukuoka is close to sea and they can serve very fresh and delicious foods.
#5. Karashi Mentaiko – Spicy Cod Roe
Karashi Mentaiko is very famous as Fukuoka’s popular souvenir. It is sold in airports and main train stations in Fukuoka. It really goes well with white rice such as Onigiri but is a versatile food that can be used in a wide variety of dishes actually.
To spread to bread with butter or cook as pasta sauce is often used. These days light rice crackers with Karashi Mentaiko flavor is very popular among tourist visiting Fukuoka.