Acchantei specialises in Nagasaki champon, a dish that was conceived in the 19th century to feed Chinese students living in Nagasaki. The noodles are thick, occupying a sweet spot between ramen and udon, and come bathed in a soup topped with vegetables, seafood and pork. Acchantei is owned by Shuichi Nagae, who first opened the shop in Nagasaki in 1984, before moving it to its current spot in Nishijin in 1996. His mission is simple: to bring the true taste of Nagasaki champon to Fukuoka and, in that respect, he is a purist. The soup takes 10 hours to boil, starting with a chicken-stock that produces a rich-tasting, but low-fat, soup. With 200g (dry-weight) of noodles per bowl, and ten different toppings, the meal is nutrient-rich and enough to last you a day or more. Acchantei serves a variety of other dishes besides its champon, including gyoza, yakimeshi and Nagasaki oden flavored with a flying fish soup. The atmosphere is casual, and all can be enjoyed with a cool drink!
Menu: Champon ¥780 (200g noodles), Udon Bari Noodles ¥800, Ganso Miso Champon ¥900, Ganso Curry Champon ¥900, Yakimeshi ¥680, Gyoza ¥300/6pcs, Oden ¥100~/pc, Chinese Donburi ¥750, Draft Beer ¥500, Shochu ¥400, Japanese Sake ¥400
Originally published in Fukuoka Now Magazine (fn217, Jan. 2017)