Although Fukuoka is better known for ramen, one must not overlook its cousin tsukemen, which is enjoyed by dipping cold noodles in a separate bowl of hot broth. Located a stone’s throw from the south ticket gate of the Nishitetsu Fukuoka (Tenjin) Station, Goenya adds a local twist to this increasingly popular dish. The key is the soup, a rich concoction made daily from soba broth (Goenya’s sister shop is the soba shop Hanagen) and a combination of dried bonito, red-eye herring, and mackerel. This aromatic fish-based broth combines with homemade chili oil, chili peppers and sesame paste to pack an extra punch—it’s truly a sensorial delight! To top it off, the thick bouncy noodles add a wheaty aroma to the mix. Be sure to get a good helping of the soup on the noodles when you dip them. At night, you can enjoy motsunabe and mizutaki hot pots as well as other dishes. Goenya also offers more than 200 kinds of shochu from around Kyushu.
Menu: Tsukemen ¥760, Goenya special tsukemen ¥880, vegetable tsukemen ¥936, grilled pork tsukemen ¥982, extra rich tsukemen ¥852~, tantanmen ¥820, motsunabe ¥1,030 (per person), negi-shio Unzen pork shabu-shabu ¥1,060 (per person), Hakata jidori chicken mizutaki ¥1,300 (per person), tsukune chicken meatballs w/ egg yolk ¥650, grilled salted jidori chicken ¥680, beef tripe stir fry with salted sauce ¥700, glass shochu ¥360~
*Foreign language menu: None / Cash only / Reservations possible / Smoking permitted
Originally published in Fukuoka Now Magazine (fn234, Jun. 2018)