Many famous ramen shops started their business in Kyushu and there are noodle shops aplenty when you walk down the streets in Fukuoka. I like Ippudo’s ramen and thus went to track down its original shop at the Tenjin area in Fukuoka!
Using Google maps to help me navigate through the confusing city streets (it was raining too!), I finally managed to locate the original branch of Ippudo! This was where its chain of restaurants first started!
There are only 24 seats in this restaurant and you may need to queue if you arrive at the popular meal timings.
They have a special set at lunchtime where you can add ¥100 on top of your noodle order, to get a plate of gyoza and a bowl of rice.
There are several soup flavours which diners can choose from.
Don’t worry if you don’t read Japanese as there are English, Chinese and Korean menus available, to cater to foreign visitors. We didn’t bother and just ordered off the Japanese menu.
The restaurant was quite packed during our visit and we were seated at the counter seats, so whilst waiting for our food, I took a picture of the various condiments available at the table. Iced tea is complimentary and provided to all diners.
I ordered the 白丸元味, which is the original taste of the Tonkotsu ramen when the shop first opened for business in 1985. It takes 18 hours to prepare the broth, but a full day is required to achieve the end result of a fragrant and collagen rich soup. Here’s a picture of my bowl of noodles and I paid another ¥100 for the gyoza set (spicy beansprouts are complimentary and found at the table).
If you like stronger flavours, 赤丸新味 is a new taste which includes spicy miso and a homemade blend of vegetable oils
It was well worth the effort to get there as the fragrant, creamy collagen rich soup broth was full of flavour and I felt that the quality of the food here is very much better than what we can find at its branches in Singapore!
Getting There: 8 min walk from Fukuoka Tenjin station「福岡天神」
Fri and Public Holidays 11:00〜24:00