Fukuoka is the birthplace of many beloved soul foods, from ramen to motsunabe, but even die-hard locals may not realize that our yakitori is uniquely Fukuokan. What seems normal here, like skewers of pork belly (Wait? That’s not chicken!) and chopped cabbage with a vinegary sauce, are actually hallmarks of the Hakata-style. Another famous local skewer is the ever-crispy torikawa (chicken skin). These skewers use the skin of the chicken neck, one chicken per skewer, because it is thin and lean. The best place in town to get torikawa is Kawaya, which has two shops in the city. When you walk in you will see a mountain of the painstakingly crafted skewers next to the counter—proper slow-roasting takes up to six days! —but this quickly dwindles as customers order them by the dozens. The slow-roasting removes the fat while keeping the flavor in. (Spice-lovers can add crushed red pepper.) So stop by Kawaya and enjoy some torikawa with cabbage and beer, just like a true Fukuokan would!
Torikawa, pork belly, chicken, gizzard, liver ¥100/each, shishamo smelt (x3) ¥300, beef diaphragm ¥200, cold tomato ¥200, deep-fried tofu ¥300, onigiri (x2) ¥300, draft Beer (M) ¥500, sake ¥300, ume-shu ¥450, soft drinks: ¥300