Hakata Ramen

Dragon Air started direct flight from Hong Kong to Fukuoka this year. We took an early morning flight and arrived at Fukuoka Airport around noon time. Unlike most international airport in Japan and in other countries in the world, Fukouka Airport is very close to the city center, only about 10 to 15 minutes by car and is probably the only international airport in Japan where taking a taxi to town is affordable.

We took a taxi to the Hyatt Regency Hotel near Hakata station, and the taxi fare was around 1,000 yen. After we checked in at the hotel, we went out for lunch.

Fukuoka is of course famous for Hakata ramen. Hakata ramen originates from Hakata district of Fukuoka city. It has a rich, milky, pork-bone tonkotsu broth and rather thin, non-curly and resilient noodles. Often, distinctive toppings such as beni shoga (pickled ginger), sesame seeds, and picked greens are left on tables for customers to serve themselves. Ramen stalls in Hakata and Tenjin are well-known within Japan. Recent ramen trends have made Hakata ramen one of the most popular types of ramen in Japan, and these days several chain restaurants specializing in Hakata ramen can be found all over the country. Chahan and Gyoza are popular side orders. source: wikipedia.org

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