Japan Food Quest: Kyushu

Tonkotsu Ramen
The Heart and Soul of Hakata

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Aired: Aug. 5, 2016


Tonkotsu Ramen
The Heart and Soul of Hakata

Quick, affordable and delicious- That’s Hakata’s soul food, Tonkotsu Ramen. It’s an iconic food specialty of Hakata in Fukuoka known for its distinctive aroma and rich soup. Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen has various tastes and flavor depending on its countless number of recipes.
Each bowl of ramen comprises of soup and noodles perfected with all the might and main of the chef.

It is said that Tonkotsu Ramen originated in the city of Kurume, Fukuoka. Its milky-white soup was a result of a cooking mistake, which then evolved into Tonkotsu Ramen, loved by children and adults today.
As the popularity of local ramen sparked, it has also become a tourist favorite.

Jiro Umemoto is a young ramen chef.
Inspired by his childhood memory of eating ramen with his father, he quit his company job and decided to open up a ramen shop. A bowl of ramen has changed his life.

In 5 years, his ramen business has grown and now has 8 branches. His shop also won a popularity vote for the best ramen shop in the locality.
And now he’s onto a new challenge…

The program features the history and appeal of the ever-evolving Tonkotsu Ramen seen through the spirit and passion of the specialty’s chefs.

Shop Information

Hakata Daruma

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1-8-26 Watanabedori Chuo-ku, Fukuoka Map

博多一幸舎 博多本店
Hakata Ikkousha (Hakata main shop)

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Hakata Ikkousha has 14 shops in Japan and 31 shops outside Japan.
A new shop will open in Thailand on Sep. 3, 2016. Another shop is scheduled to open in September in Beijing and Guangzhou, China.

3-23-12 Hakataekimae Hakata-ku, Fukuoka Map

らーめん二男坊 博多本店
Ramen Jinanbo (Hakata main shop)

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2-16-4 Hakataekimae Hakata-ku, Fukuoka Map

南京千両 屋台
Nankin Senryo

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36 Higashimachi Kurume-shi, Fukuoka Map

長浜ナンバーワン 長浜店
Nagahama Number One (Nagahama shop)

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2-5-19 Nagahama Chuo-ku, Fukuoka Map

Maruko Ramen

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1642 Kokura Ooaza Kiyamacho Miyakigun, Saga Map

らーめん二男坊 ハウステンボス店
Ramen Jinanbo (Huis Ten Bosch shop)

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7-8 Huis Ten Bosch-cho Sasebo-shi, Nagasaki Map


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