Hearty full-bodied pork broth Hakata ramen, and other izakaya dishes in Oyafuko-dori. In Fukuoka tonkotsu ramen (Chinese noodles in a pork broth) reigns supreme. But still, not all ramen is created equal! Menya Ono’s hearty tonkotsu is based on a rich and hearty broth that simmers for three days. The noodles are the traditional Nagahama thin but firm style, made fresh on premises. A la carte toppings include chashu (pork slices, ¥280) , a boiled egg (¥80), onions (¥50), moyashi (string beans, ¥100) – and extra helpings of noodles (kaidama) for just ¥100. But what we really like here is the monthly special ramen (gentei ramen), where the cooks use both seasonal ingredients and creativity. The bite-sized and crispy gyoza (Chinese dumplings) taste as great as they look, an order of 16 for just ¥680. Filled with pork, cabbage and coragen, they have a pleasant chewiness and are apparently good for your complexion! There are three salads to choose from, izakaya dishes such as yamaimo teppan (fried mountain potato puree), and even a homemade/handmade desert called jitamago pudding (egg custard pudding). Finally, there’s a surprisingly long list of umeshu (plum wines) to choose from. So, to broaden your traditional tonkotsu repertoire and much more, try Menya Ono!
B1 Beans Bldg., 1-8-40 Maizuru, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
Open: 19:00 ~ 05:00 L.O. 05:00
Prices: Tonkotsu ramen ¥580, Chahan (fried rice) ¥580, Beer ¥580 Med. bottle, umeshu ~ ¥480
Originally published in Fukuoka Now magazine (fn106, Oct. 2007)