If you’re looking for a taste of local cuisine when you visit Fukuoka, look no further than Aji no Masafuku. Formerly a ramen shop, Aji no Masafuku switched to teishoku (set meals) in 1976 when it moved into the newly opened Tenjin Core. Later, it opened a second shop that it eventually moved to ACROS Fukuoka. Fresh fish is the centerpiece of most of the sets. Two of the more popular dishes are the goma saba (mackerel w/ sesame) and mirin-boshi (fish marinated in sweet rice wine). Rice and miso soup refills are free if you buy a set. Aji no Masafuku makes all of its own sauces, soups and so on (we recommend the original furikake rice seasonings!). Vegetarians should try the eggplant and miso set. If you want to sample authentic Hakata dishes, order the okyuto (noodles made from seaweed) or the game-ni—a stewed mélange of veggies and chicken in a sugar-and-soy sauce broth. And last but not least, you can never go wrong with the Masafuku Set, which comes with tempura and sashimi.
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Masafuku Set ¥2,000, daily grilled fish set ¥950, daily boiled fish set ¥1,050, goma saba set ¥1,200, assorted sashimi set ¥1,650, eggplant and miso set ¥850, chicken nanban set ¥1,000, fried pork cutlet set ¥1,150 (sets come with rice, miso soup, a side dish and pickles), draft beer (M) ¥525, homemade plum wine ¥480, oolong tea ¥330
Originally published in Fukuoka Now Magazine (fn202, Oct. 2015)