What is Hakata Style Ramen? All About the Popular Tonkatsu Ramen.
Both inside of Japan and around the world, one of the most popular types of ramen is called 'Hakata Ramen.' This article will talk about the origins of Hakata ramen and introduce the original Hakata ramen restaurant (it's still open)!
What is Hakata Style Ramen?
Why is it called 'Hakata' ramen?
There's actually another type of regional ramen called 'Nagahama Ramen' that shares many similarities with Hakata ramen. The two styles of ramen were developed at the same time, and both still exist today, but most people(even Japanese people) only know Hakata ramen due to its quicker spread from Fukuoka to other parts of the country.
Hakata (and Nagahama) ramen was originally sold from food stalls to fishermen working in the district as a quick and cheap meal. In order to prepare the ramen as quickly as possible, super-thin noodles were used to reduce boiling time. However, since the thin noodles could turn mushy in the soup much quicker than thicker noodles, a system of 'kaedama' (noodle refill) was created so that a smaller portion of noodles could be served while still offering the option to eat more if needed.
'Hakuryuken' is the name of the very first permanent shop that served Hakata ramen, and is introduced at the end of the article.
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Check this place out for some solidly delicious Hakata-style ramen next time you're looking for a great bowl of ramen.
The Original Hakata Ramen Shop: Hakuryuken
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