At gourmet food court Raumen Stadium, eight of Japanes top ramen shops vie to dish up the tastiest noodles. What better way to savor ramens incredible regional differences, without leaving Fukuoka? Our reporters, Mark and Elaine, show how it’s done
First, buy a meal coupon from the vending machines outside each shop. Large notes must be changed at the central change-machine.
Famous for its mellow, rich soup and thick wavy noodles. Don’t grimace at the oil slick on top – it’s meant to keep the heat in!
・Miso Ramen 780 yen
・Shoyu Ramen (soy-based ramen ) 780 yen
・Shio Ramen (salty ramen ) 780 yen
・Mini Ramen (avail. in either flavor) 550 yen
A Kurume-style pork soup using a carefully-guarded family recipe, with the noodles made especially for Raumen Stadium.
・Mukashi Ramen (classic Kurume pork ramen) 570 yen
・ Ramen 520 yen
・Gyoza 380 yen
・Wonton-men(wonton noodles) 720 yen
Fact: Yamagatans are Japan’s biggest Chinese-noodles freaks. Fact: Tendo’s savory seafood-and-soy soup goes ace with its firm flat noodles!
・Tendo Chuka-soba (classic chinese-inspired ramen) 600 yen
・Tendo Tori Chuka (with chicken ) 700 yen
・Kara-miso Ramen (spicy miso ramen) 780 yen
・Tsuke-men (noodles with soy or spicy miso dipping sauce) 650 yen
A refined yet bold Kanto-style soup. Specify the noodle firmness, flavor intensity and oiliness levels when you order.
・Negi Ramen (ramen with chives) 700 yen
・Kazuki Ramen 550 yen
・Mini Ramen (avail. in soy or miso) 400 yen
・Shio Ramen (salty ramen) 600 yen
Ajisen has 32 outlets worldwide! The chain’s popularity lies in its scrumptious pork soup ramen accented with a secret oil.
・Ajisen Ramen 500 yen
・ Paiku-men 800 yen
・Aso Kazan Kara Miso Ramen (spicy miso ramen) 700 yen
・Chashu-men (ramen with pork garnish) 800 yen
Thick noodles served in a super-dense pork and soy soup. Some 200kg of pork and chicken bones go into this tasty brew each dayﾉ
・Ramen 700 yen
・Chashu-men (ramen with pork garnish) 900 yen
A melt-in-the-mouth pork garnish and light soy-based soup complement Kitakata’s thick, wavy noodles to perfection.
・Niku Soba (ramen with meat garnish) 850 yen
・Shina Soba 550 yen
・Negi Ramen(ramen with chives) 750 yen
・Gyoza 350 yen
A gourmet soup simmered from pork and chicken bones, konbu seaweed, fish, and Chinese vegetables. The pork topping is sublime.
・Akamiso Ramen (red miso ramen) 750 yen
・Shiromiso Ramen (white miso ramen) 750 yen
・Miso Kimuchi Ramen(miso ramen with kimchee) 900 yen
・Shake Gohan (rice mixed salmon) 300 yen